Cellulite or orange-peel skin, also known as hail damage, cottage-cheese skin and mattress phenomenon, has become a huge nightmare, not to mention one of the main causes of life-long insecurities for a growing number of women and even a handful of men!
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite or orange-peel skin, also known as hail damage, cottage-cheese skin and mattress phenomenon, has become a huge nightmare, not to mention one of the main causes of life-long insecurities for a growing number of women and even a handful of men! And regardless of the fact that almost every girl on the planet, be it a supermodel or a suburban housewife, has the very same problem; cellulite reduction is still one of the most profitable markets when it comes to beauty treatments!
We all know what cellulite is because around 90% of women experience this condition at some point in their lives, but make sure not to mix cellulite with cellulitis which is an inflammation of the skin.
In medical terms, cellulite (gynoid lipodystrophy) is a lumpy appearance of the skin caused by accumulated fat tissue. The most frequent areas where cellulite appears are thighs, hips, stomach, and tushy, and according to Peter Pugliese, hips and thighs are controlled by hormones reserved for pregnancy and lactation. Estrogen is one of the leading factors that can induce cellulite. The primary function of the hormone is to break down collagen in the cervix area during delivery.
Another reason why cellulite affects women more than men lies in the characteristic distribution of fat, muscles, and connective tissue. The unique look of cellulite is caused by fat cells that actually distort the connective tissue beneath our skin.
What Causes Cellulite?
As already mentioned, one of the most notable factors that can trigger development of cellulite are hormones, estrogen in particular, but other hormones can also contribute to this unpleasant condition:
- Thyroid hormones
- Catecholamines adrenaline
During pregnancy, female body produces a hormone called relaxin which causes decreased collagen production, which eventually leads to cellulite development.
When going through major hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, it is important to let things go their own course. In these situations, the last thing you should worry about is cellulite; instead, try to get your priorities straight.
Age is another factor that can trigger cellulite. During menopause, blood flow under the skin decreases; skin becomes saggier, less elastic, and thinner, which makes cellulite more visible.
Genetic factors can also have an impact on skin elasticity, weight problems, and skin structure on the one hand; and on the other hand – they influence metabolism speed, fat distribution, and circulatory levels. According to Paul Lazer, women tend to accumulate more fat and to have less muscle mass. Even skinny girls can have cellulite because of the smaller amount of muscle tissue.
Lifestyle choices such as eating unhealthy food, smoking, drinking alcohol, and sodas, are all major triggers of cellulite in one way or the other. Additionally, long sitting periods and wearing underwear with tight elastic can have an adverse effect on the blood flow. The high amount of stress affects the collagen production or weight gain which often results in cellulite development.
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a super cool treatment, literally, because by cool we mean – freezing! The temperature on which this procedure is performed is minus 120⁰C. Yes, you read it correctly! The primary goal of cryotherapy is to stimulate blood flow, immune, and central nervous system.
Considering the fact that one of the leading causes of cellulite is poor blood flow, it is understandable why so many women are willing to try this approach!
So how does it work?
Once you enter the cryo chamber, your body is exposed to extremely low temperature. In order to preserve itself, your organism withdraws as much blood as it can from the peripheral parts – hands, arms, feet, legs. When the treatment is completed, and you exit the chamber your blood flows back to your extremities. Something similar occurs when you get back inside after several hours in the cold weather. Additionally, the cold triggers endorphin production and helps in reducing pain. Other benefits of cryotherapy are collagen production, and guess what?! – cellulite reduction!
Cryotherapy activates collagen production and helps repair broken connections in the skin. In addition, this treatment reduces the amount of fat because fat cells are intolerant to cold. The procedure can also reduce edema and scar tissue which will make your skin much smoother.
The humidity in the chamber is strictly controlled, and clients experience only pleasant cooling sensation because of the dry vaporized nitrogen. The treatment is quite short – it lasts only 2 to 3 minutes.
It’s a completely safe and comfortable procedure. Frostbites can occur if you have some moisture on your body, so make sure you are completely dry before entering the cryogenic chamber or sauna.
Exercising immediately after the treatment can greatly enhance the effects. It will stimulate the blood flow even more and boost endorphin production.
Home Remedies for Cellulite?
Once you’ve completed your set of treatments in the cryogenic sauna, there are a number of things you can do to prevent cellulite from forming again. Some of these include:
- Exercising—it reduces the amount of fat under your skin and stimulates the blood flow.
- Eating raw food—food rich in fats and carbohydrates messes with your insulin level, and if you remember, we’ve already mentioned that insulin was one of the hormones that can trigger cellulite forming. Accordingly, to prevent cellulite from appearing, you should eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat, and good carbs such as rice, cooked potato, oats, etc.
- Quit smoking—smoking reduces blood flow and collagen production. It also dries out skin and causes wrinkles.
- Go to regular massages—massage stimulates the blood and lymphatic flow which in turn reduces cellulite.
- Wear support stockings—similar to massage, support stockings help prevent edema and water accumulation.
- Treat yourself with coffee scrub—caffeine boosts blood and lymphatic circulation to the problematic areas, and acts as an antioxidant.
- Detoxification—this method may help you excrete toxins and excess water from your body.
- Limit your salt intake—salt tends to dehydrate your body which can induce a cellulite development.
- Drink a lot of water—water is essential for cellulite reduction.