Cellulite plagues a staggering 85% of women in the UK, leaving many feeling self-conscious about exposing their bodies and often feeling lost as to how to rid themselves of these pesky lumps and bumps.
Many social myths surround the causes of cellulite, whether you’re being told that it only happens to overweight women or that it is purely caused by the food we eat. Cellulite can happen to anyone, regardless of shape or size, but do not despair! There are natural ways you can help your body to battle cellulite and leave you feeling body confident this summer and beyond.
The exact cause of cellulite is not yet known although, because it is more predominant in women, it is thought to be partly due to hormonal changes. However, genetics, inflammation and to some degree lifestyle, may also be factors.
The appearance of cellulite is due to a weakening of the connective tissue beneath the dermis (top layer of skin). This allows the underlying fatty tissue to protrude through giving the puckered dimpled appearance which most of us detest and are on a constant quest to eradicate!
Many do not realise the benefits which can be gained by simply strengthening our skin tissue and preventing the breakthrough of these fatty build-ups beneath our skin. Collagen is the substance which gives our skin elasticity, firmness and tone, and its production is directly affected by vitamin C.
A recent study showed that Altrient C, the world’s first liposomal Vitamin C gel supplement, increased skin elasticity and firmness by 61% in just 12 weeks, by boosting collagen production to reduce wrinkles and fight against the signs of aging.
Whilst the idea of adding more fluids to your body may make you a little nervous when cellulite begins to appear, drinking water is always a beneficial idea for our skin. By drinking more water, you can help your body to rid itself of excess fluid where there are build-ups, which can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Inflammation of the skin can enhance the appearance of cellulite, as inflammation can reduce circulation and lymphatic drainage. Try adding more OMEGA 3’S INTO YOUR DIET as the beneficial fatty acids EPA and DHA, help to reduce inflammation and prevent the enlargement of fat cell chambers. Oily fish, walnuts and flaxseeds are all great sources of Omega 3’s.
Improve your Hormonal Balance
Our hormones, especially oestrogen, can affect the production of body fat even down to specific areas of our body. You can help to keep your hormones in check with multiple B vitamins, namely vitamin B6 which not only contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity, but is also responsible for the utilisation of proteins and fats in our body.
And remember, all these options need time to work their magic. Make them part of your daily beauty routine and ensure you feel body confident for the summer and beyond!
Jacqueline Newson BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy