Natural Home Treatment For Cellulite
In men, the pattern of collagen is tighter, in a diagonal pattern, and they have thicker skin, so there is less bulging of the individual fat cells. Another factor in cellulite is high levels of estrogen, since this hormone has a direct impact on the containing capacity of fat cells through the increase of alpha-adrenoreceptors, the chemical thresholds that determine your fat cells to hold on to their contents. Inadequate diet, terrible circulation, and poor lymphatic circulation can all contribute to the appearance of cellulite.
” Cellulite” is a skin condition which gives the appearance of small bumps and ripples under the skin. The bumps are brought about by the hiddening fat cells becoming too large and stretching the natural fiber cells that support the skin to the underlying layers of tissues.
Women have the tendency to have cellulite more often than men because they have a vertical pattern of collagen in the underlying layer that holds the fat cells, and when the fat cells become very large, they bulge out of the chambers and appear as cellulite.
” Cellulite” is normal fat, but regular fat that has an effect on the presence of the skin. Strands of fibrous collagen tissue connect the skin to the subcutaneous layers and also separate parts that contain fat cells. When fat cells increase in size, these areas bulge and produce a rippled appearance of the skin.
TREATING SKIN WITH CELLULITE
Cleansing: When washing your skin, use your wash cloth or loufah to stimulate the area where cellulite is present. At first, use a circular motion and then a brushing motion upwards towards the bowels. This will greatly improve circulation and edema, and help take out toxins and metabolic wastes out of the tissues and interstitial spaces around the collagen and fat cells.
There are numerous extra steps one can take for the treatment of cellulite. Think about your skin care strategies, and fine-tune it to fulfill the needs of skin that has a tendency to swell with fluids, store fat and have poor circulation.
Nutrition: Even though cellulite is a skin condition, it’s directly connected to the storing of excess fat. If you are noticeably overweight, you should undoubtedly change your diet. The dietary enzyme bromelain can improve overall circulation to your skin and adipose tissues by getting rid of the accumulation of fibrin on the walls of blood vessels. Addressing cellulite requires a two-pronged approach– one being the downsizing of the fat cells themselves, the second being the transformation of collagen and building up of the skin outside of the swollen fat cells.
— Exercise: Proper exercise is essential for the repair of cellulite. Not only does it help reduce the appearance of cellulite by melting the fatty acids that are causing the cellulite. It also improves circulation and helps to get rid of toxin-filled wastes away from the skin. Start a walking program, or sneaking in a set of exercises in the restroom during breaks.
— Dry Skin Brushing: Learn to dry brush your skin at least twice every day– upon rising and before going to bed. Skin brushing produces many benefits in the proper care of cellulite. First of all, it’s “exercise” for you skin, and reinforces the underlying dermis and pattern of collagen in the subcutaneous layer. It stimulates the growth and repair of the tissues by increasing blood flow to the area. It also helps remove toxins and metabolic wastes out of the interstitial fluids surrounding the tissues for disposal. Dry brushing is good for you skin all over, but if you are suffering from spider or varicose veins, brushing these areas vigorously several times every day, first in a circular motion and then upwards towards the colon, can make improvements to the appearance of cellulite.
— Habits: Get out of the practice of crossing your legs, knees and ankles. This decreases flow and raises swelling. Try to keep moving regularly, neither sitting nor standing for long periods.
— Hormones: Cellulite is often connected with the use of HRT and birth control pills. High amounts of estrogen from these medications can result in an increase in the fatty tissues ability to keep fats and cause them to bulge, pushing out the skin and causing cellulite. If you are using birth control pills for contraception, you may want to ask your doctor for a lower-estrogen dose formula or a non-hormonal form, such as an IUD. If you are on HRT, you may want to consider switching to a lower dose, adding progesterone cream, or using a weaker formula, such as an estrone cream.
— Body Wraps: Body wraps, both professional and homemade can strengthen the appearance of cellulite. Body wraps use a mix of minerals and herbs that encourage the fat cells to release their elements, they absorb toxins from the skin and reduce swelling. Generally you will locate stimulant herbs like kelp or algae that stimulate the fat burning action in the cells. You will find cosmetic clays that will take out toxins and wastes from the pores, and horsetail and horse chestnut that reduce edema (swelling) and provide minerals for strengthening the skin. These ingredients are applied to the skin with the use of compression wraps. For recipes for doing home wraps, go to the Botanical Beauty Lab website.
— Massage: Massage, especially the kind that boosts lymph flow, is very good for decreasing the appearance of cellulite. It improves the removal of metabolic wastes and toxins from the interstitial tissues around the adipose tissues, and gives the skin a smoother appearance. There are many professionals offering massage for cellulite, including lymphatic massage and endermology, but if that is out of your budget, you may want to try a home massage device. Many are available, from a simple round-prong hand tool to a powered massager that provides heat, massage and suction similar to the professional endermology machines.
SUPPLEMENTS FOR CELLULITE REDUCTION
Cider Vinegar contains an array of important enzymes and aids in balancing body pH. It’s also a good source of potassium, which is necessary for fluid balance in the body.
Borage Oil: Borage oil contains high amounts gamma linoleic acid, which is an important fatty acid to the strengthening of cell walls.
Horsetail: Horse Chestnut herb contains high levels of the mineral silica, which is used in the repair and maintenance of skin cells.
Green Tea: Green tea is a mild stimulate that contains caffeine as well as powerful antioxidants that aid in the proper replication and repair of skin cells.
Gotu Kolu is a natural source of caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the beta-adrenoreceptors on the surface of the fat cells to release their stores of fatty acids, aiding in the burning of excess fat.
MSM: Is an important mineral that is necessary for skin cell repair.
Coconut Oil contains medium chain triglycerides which are easily absorbed and used by the body for fuel. It has the capability of stimulating the thyroid gland, which increases body temperature and metabolism and is known for improving the burning of excess fat.
Bromelain: Bromelain is a naturally occurring enzyme in natural foods that aid in the digestion of proteins. The consumption of bromelain aids in the removal of fibrin buildup in fine blood vessels. This improves and increases circulation to the skin, and aids in repair and rejuvenation.
Alfalfa: Alfalfa is a natural diuretic that helps balance the body’s interstitial fluids and reduces edema and swelling. It’s also a phytoprogesterone, which helps balance the excess estrogen that can exacerbate cellulite.
Ginkgo Biloba is a natural blood thinner that increases the microcirculation to skin and fat cells.
EXTERNAL TREATMENTS FOR CELLULITE
Many experts have recommended using coffee grounds as a scrub for cellulite prone areas. The grounds work as an exfoliant, as the caffeine absorbs into the skin and stimulate the beta adrenoreceptors in the fat cells to release their contents.
Most contain caffeine or a similar chemical called theophylline or aminophylline.
Dead Sea Salts and Kelp or bladderwrack contain powerful minerals that aid in the repair of skin cells as well as the mineral iodine which can aid in the metabolism of the underlying fat cells.
Many also contain kelp, bladderwrack and other herbs mentioned herein.
Betonite Clay is a natural mineral clay that is known for its ability to absorb impurities and toxins from the skin through the pores.
Aloe Vera contains alatoin, which sooths and heals skin. It has been shown clinically to increase microcirculation of the skin and to speed healing of skin tissues.
There are also many commercial formulas and methods for the reduction of cellulite.
Just remember that cellulite reduction is a two step process. The cause of cellulite is over-sized fat cells that have stretched out the collagen structure underlying the skin. The first step is to reduce bodyfat, and many herbs and nutrients both external and external can accelerate the process. The second step is to increase the strength of the skin and the collagen webs under the subcutaneous tissues. Skin and collagen require vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to rebuild themselves properly. Excess fluids can exacerbate the problem, so proper fluid intake and circulation is important. Drink plenty of fluids, and stay active to increase the circulation of the lymph system. With a little diligent effort the appearance of cellulite can be reduced.
Horsetail, ginkgo biloba, kelp and green tea also work externally and can be added to lotions or creams for massage into problem areas.Continue reading