Smoothing Out Cellulite

by Jessica Wright
(last updated February 12, 2014)

It seems that the older we get, the more likely we are to forget taking care of our bodies. Women will go the extra mile to take care of their faces, but will simply forget about taking care of the rest of their body, then with time they will fall victim to the damage done. One of the forms that this damage shows up as is cellulite.

Cellulite can be brought on by many different factors, such as genetics, hormones, childbirth, sun damage, sitting too long, or even standing too long. You can tell if you have cellulite if you have lots of little dimples on your butt and thighs. Cellulite is where fat is organized into chambers that are separated by fibrous connective tissue. The dimples come about when the fat pushes through the bands of tissue giving you puckering and bulging instead. It looks a lot like a mattress only on your butt and thighs.

When there is a lot of fluid buildup in your body the cellulite increases. The best thing that you can do to help the buildup of the cottage cheese look is to stay away from anything that makes you retain water, such as potato chips or any other foods that are salty. While you are staying away from salty food try to build muscle. Building muscle will improve the body's blood flow which will help to reduce any fluid retention.

If you can tighten and smooth your skin the areas that are more prone to cellulite will appear to be firmer. When you are taking a shower take the time to exfoliate your skin with a loofah sponge. When you are finished with your shower, apply a retinol-based cream by rubbing it into your skin using firm circular strokes. This will help to repair the skin by rebuilding the collagen. After applying the cream apply another cream that actually has caffeine in it. This caffeine cream will help to stimulate the blood flow which will help flush out some of the excess fluids. Try using both creams twice a day.

It will take at least four weeks before you begin to notice any difference. If you continue through the process and after three months you may need to do something a little more drastic, such as getting a VelaShape. This is a type of procedure that is like hitting the fat, skin texture, and fluid all at once. This regimen will last about six weeks with a weekly treatment. Each treatment will cost approximately $500 each, and then as time goes on you will need to get touch-ups.

Author Bio

Jessica Wright

Jessica is a communications major studying for her masters and working full time. Growing up in a household of girls, she learned young the fun of trying new beauty ideas. Jessica enjoys playing the piano, dating, and having a good time with family and friends. ...

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