Stretch marks and cellulite will never be a problem again
Despite how common cellulite is, there is also a lot of misinformation about what it is, what causes it, and how to get rid of it.
Cellulite is caused by toxins in your body, some over-the-counter cellulite products may claim to help remove impurities and toxins from the body. But neither its efficacy nor its claims about the causes of cellulite are backed by science. Rather, cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to break through layers of collagen fibers or connective tissue under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also in the arms, stomach, and other common trouble spots).
Women tend to have more fat around the hips and thighs. Also less supporting connective tissue to keep everything in place.
WHAT IS CELLULITE?
Despite its clinical-sounding name, cellulite is just ordinary fat that hangs just below the surface of the skin. When this fat accumulates, it pushes the fibrous connective tissue under the skin. This phenomenon is what creates the characteristic “orange peel” appearance of cellulite.
Favorite spots for cellulite include the hips, thighs, and abdomen. Researchers call cellulite a “physiological” condition rather than a “pathological” one. That’s a fancy way of saying cellulite can be a swimsuit spoiler, but otherwise it’s completely harmless.
WHAT CAUSES CELLULITE?
A common misperception is that if you have cellulite, you must be overweight. In reality, the causes of cellulite are complex and multiple. While having a few extra pounds on your body can contribute to cellulite, people with it are not necessarily overweight and are far from alone.
WHAT ARE STRIPES?
Anyone who has had a baby, experienced a weight change, or even gone through puberty has seen a stretch mark or two. Stretch marks, or what your doctor will call “stretch marks,” like to form on the stomach, thighs, hips, lower back, breasts, and upper arms. At first, the marks often look red or purple and may be slightly indented. Over time, they tend to fade into shiny silver or white markings. Fresh stretch marks may itch or hurt, but that doesn’t last forever. Like cellulite, stretch marks are not harmful and are a purely cosmetic concern.
WHAT CAUSES STRIPES?
As you can imagine, stretch marks get their name from their physical cause – stretching of the skin. We will briefly touch on the training process. The layer of your skin that you can see is the epidermis or top layer. Just below is the dermis, or middle layer, which allows the skin to maintain its shape. When the dermis is repeatedly stretched, it begins to lose its elasticity and tear. Those little tears cause scars to form on the epidermis.
Here are some of the things that can cause excessive stretching of the skin:
- Pregnancy Some of the hormones associated with pregnancy along with natural weight gain can contribute to stretch marks.
- Weight Gain If you’ve ever gained a significant amount of weight, you’ve probably added some stretch marks. Sometimes weight-related stretch marks can be difficult to see, however, until you have lost weight.
- Medications Some steroid creams and medications can contribute to stretch marks.
- Diseases Certain diseases, such as Cushing’s, can cause stretch marks
REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE
If you have cellulite that you would like to make less noticeable, you have many options. While you may not be able to get rid of it completely, there are many products and treatments that you can try, along with lifestyle changes, to diminish its appearance. When it comes to lifestyle changes, be sure to drink enough water, exercise, and eat right. Staying active and hydrated generally helps your skin look and feel better. Here are some other effective remedies to try.
Dry brushing and massage
Coffee Scrub for Cellulite: We know that rubbing coffee on your skin to get rid of cellulite can seem a bit far-fetched at first.
“It stimulates dilation while the scrubbing motion increases circulation, plumping the skin and making cellulite appear less obvious.” Additionally, coffee grounds are loaded with antioxidants, which can stimulate collagen production.
DECREASE IN THE APPEARANCE OF STRETCH MARKS
Stretch marks are a form of scar, so you will be more successful treating them when they are fresh. The stretch marks that respond best to natural treatments are the new ones, reddish or purple. Once stretch marks turn gray or white, they mature and are more resistant to treatment. At that time, however, you can still diminish your appearance considerably with diligent treatment. Here are some options that may work for you.
Like cellulite creams, the ingredients make or break a stretch mark cream. When shopping for a cream, look for the following ingredients:
That help maintain the structure of the dermis and contain:
- vitamin C
- Microdermabrasion: This treatment wears away the skin’s surface with tiny crystals and polishes it in the process. Then a small vacuum recovers the crystals from the skin. Microdermabrasion removes the epidermis, the top layer of skin, allowing a new, healthier and more elastic skin to emerge. This treatment can work for everything from stretch marks to acne scars. Microdermabrasion should be done by a professional.
- Coffee and salt scrubs , among others