Cellulite Reduction, Treatments & Skin Care Creams
As we know, liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite reduction. For those of you interested in alternatives, the Cellulite Reduction Treatments & Creams corner of Make Me Heal features a wide variety of products that can help tone the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Most anti-cellulite products are aimed at toning the outer layer of skin to hide the cellulite and improve its appearance, firmness and elasticity, or at penetrating the skin and removing the fat cells trapped within the lower skin layer. Anti-cellulite products are made of ingredients that help improve the appearance of cellulite. Among the ingredients that are commonly found in cellulite reduction creams are caffeine, vitamins, and green tea extract.
What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a European term to describe deposits of dimpled fat commonly found on the thighs, buttocks, legs, and even the abdomen. Cellulite is a condition that gives the skin an uneven, rippled, dimpled appearance. Slim people can have cellulite too. It is estimated that 80% of all women over the age of 20 have cellulite. On the other hand, very few men have cellulite. Cellulite is an accumulation of fat, fluid and toxins trapped into a hardened network of elastin and collagen fibers in the deeper levels of your skin. Try squeezing some of the skin on the upper thigh and if it looks lumpy, you have cellulite. The skin might also look whiter and feel colder than the rest of the body.
What Is The Cause Of Cellulite?
In truth, no one knows what exactly causes cellulite, although most agree that it due to one's genetics, aging, and hormones. Cellulite is alleged to be a special type of "fat gone wrong," a combination of fat, water, and "toxic wastes" that the body has failed to eliminate. One plausible explanation - which also explains why very few men suffer from cellulite - is based on the composition and behavior of women's fat cells and the connective tissue that holds them in place. A woman's connective tissue is very inflexible, so as she gains weight and her fat cells expand, they tend to bulge upwards towards the surface of the skin, giving the classic orange-peel appearance of cellulite. In men, not only is there generally less fat on the thighs, but also the outer skin is thicker and thus obscures what is happening to any surplus fat below. Another theory says that with aging, the amounts of enzymes that are responsible for breaking down fat diminish. As a result, collagen and elastin fibers break down, which leads to an overall weakening of the dermis. With aging, the connective tissue also breaks down and accumulations of fat bulge through the hard network of fibers and cause the rippled and dimpled look.
The following anti-cellulite creams and treatments can benefit you in getting rid of undesireable cellulite: