Cellulite is a tricky one. Whilst it is hugely common in both men and women and there is nothing wrong with having it, dimply legs, bums and thighs still play on our minds and, let’s face it, we’d all love there to be an instant cure. After years of products promising to banish the look of it, we now know it is unrealistic to say that patting on a bit of cream or slopping oil over the skin alone is going to cut it.
Thankfully though, there are things we can do to alleviate the issue. Here’s where ‘the orange peel effect’ comes from and how a combined change-of-lifestyle effort can help to ease it.
In the simplest terms, cellulite is pockets of fat that have squeezed between bands of tissue, called septa, that are under your skin. It forms in areas with the least circulation meaning that activity there is key to increasing blood circulation and loosening the fat tissues.
Dr Justine Hextall, consultant and dermatologist on behalf of The Harley Medical group says, “I would always hesitate to suggest to clients that cellulite can be eliminated forever, but there are definitely steps you can take to help improve the appearance.”
To keep on top of cellulite you need to stay consistent with everything, and this includes incorporating massage into your daily beauty regime. “There’s a limit to the effectiveness of topical creams,” explains Dr Hextall. “But massaging with it regularly may improve the blood waft, soften the underlying fibrous tissue and make improvements to the lymph flow as well as hydrate and plump the skin, improving its appearance.”
SO WHAT TO USE?
- Legology Cellu-Lite Salon Secret for Legs (£55) is loaded with detoxifying and stimulating oils to help lighten heavy legs, flush out trapped fluid and aid your contouring regime. Massage it in, starting from the bottom of the affected area, upwards.
- Legology Circu-Lite (£12) is a brilliant home vacuum cup that boosts leg circulation and skin firmness. Squeeze it shut, rest it onto oiled skin, release, then slowly glide it up your legs to drag the lymph upwards.
- To even things out apply Legology Sun-Lite (£38) which leaves a smooth, flawless tint.
Tip: Massaging products into the skin straight after exercise is more productive as the ingredients will absorb better.
EAT A BALANCED DIET
“Toxicity in the body can cause a build-up of cellulite as chemicals and other pollutants can get trapped in your fatty tissue meaning that the system gets overloaded,” says nutrition coach Emma Robertson.
“Buy organic wherever you can and avoid hydrogenated fats, sweeteners, refined salt and sugars.” The best foods for a body detox? “Green vegetables, broccoli, cabbage, sprouts and cauliflower help you to stay healthy on the inside and bananas and mangoes are brilliant at increasing blood flow around the body,” Emma explains. Up your intake of anti-oxidants too; “Try berries, coconut, avocado and green tea,”
INVEST IN A BODY BRUSH
Emma recommends body-brushing daily; “If your circulatory system is stagnant and you aren’t getting enough blood flow and nourishment to the outer layers of fat and skin on your hips, bottom and thighs, then toxins will accumulate there,” she warns. “It’s important to body brush the affected areas every day, always stroking towards the heart.” Legology Lymph-Lite (£16) is the perfect size for ease of use and a firm grip.
Fitness coach Cecilia Harris, shares her top exercise tips to help get ahead of cellulite.
“To combat cellulite, you need to move your glutes (buttocks) to promote blood flow to the area. Most of the time we are sitting on our bottoms so the muscles hardly get used. Some people hardly use their glutes, even when they are moving because they walk using their quads and hamstrings instead. Repetitive Squats, lunges and anything that isolates the muscles are great but make sure you mix them with cardio workouts that also get your blood pumping. It’s a constant battle to keep cellulite at bay so regular exercise needs to be a way of life.”