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Beat The Bumps - Say Goodbye To Cellulite With These Skin-Smoothing Tips

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In summer months, the problem of cellulite always rears its ugly head. It can be the deal breaker between wearing your sexy shorts or your cover-all maxi dress.

It’s hard to eliminate cellulite altogether but there are lifestyle changes, beauty treatments and products that will help reduce its dimply appearance. ‘You cannot get rid of cellulite, but if you commit to a change in lifestyle you can reduce the existing condition and prevent it becoming worse’, says Sarah Russell, master educator for natural cosmetics brand (comfort zone).

Follow our plan to identify the three types of cellulite and how to treat them. It’s time to comfort your dimpled skin, and send it on its way!

Description: Say goodbye to cellulite with these skin-smoothing tips

Say goodbye to cellulite with these skin-smoothing tips

Cellulite type

1.    Edematous cellulite

‘During this stage, several changes occur that are invisible to the naked eye’, says Russell. ‘There’s reduced capillary blood flow – due to an increased volume of fat cells and fluid begisn to accumulate in the tissues’. Your skin appears slightly swollen and soft, and dimples are only apparent when the skin is pinched.

2.    Orange-peel cellulite

‘Fat cells increase in volume and capillaries are weakened due to the decline in microcirculation’, says Russell. ‘This increases the pressure in eth tissue and restricts fluid drainage and circulation even more’. This stage is visible when you’re standing up and looks like ‘orange peel’. Your skin can also feel cool to the touch.

Description: This stage is visible when you’re standing up and looks like ‘orange peel’. Your skin can also feel cool to the touch.

This stage is visible when you’re standing up and looks like ‘orange peel’. Your skin can also feel cool to the touch.

3.    Adipose cellulite

‘Lymphatic fluid has built up and circulation is reduced, causing metabolism in the cells to slow down’, says Russell. ‘Cellulite may harden and become sensitive to touch, and your legs can feel heavy, swollen and fatigued’. If you have this form of cellulite, it will be clearly visible when you are standing or even lying down.

Lifestyle tip

1.    H2O-so-good

‘In this early stage of cellulite development, the areas is usually quite soft and spongy, indicating eth retention of fluid’, says Russell. ‘Focus on improving the efficiency of your lymphatic system (your body’s waste disposal system), which relies on regular fluid intake. Aim to drink at least two liters of water every day’.

2.    Get moving

‘Exercise boosts circulation of the blood as well as the lymphatic system’, says Russell. ‘Increasing blood circulation will improve the oxygenation and nutrition of cells, leading to an improved appearance of cellulite to an improved appearance of cellulite’. Plus exercise enhances the natural process of ‘lipolysis – our body’s process of breaking down fat to use as energy.

Description: Exercise boosts circulation of the blood as well as the lymphatic system

Exercise boosts circulation of the blood as well as the lymphatic system

3.    Skip the sugar

‘Compromised blood flow can cause skin to be cold and sensitive or even painful, so choose spa treatments wisely’, advises Russell. Cut sugar out of your diet where possible, as it triggers insulin production, which promotes the formation of fat cells. It can also harden collagen fibers which trap fat, reduce circulation and increase water retention.

Description: Compromised blood flow can cause skin to be cold and sensitive or even painful, so choose spa treatments wisely

Compromised blood flow can cause skin to be cold and sensitive or even painful, so choose spa treatments wisely

Beauty blitz

1.    Knead it out

Get your massage technique right to tackle cellulite on a daily basis. You can knead cellulite on your tum, bum and thighs (use a life and squeeze motion, as if you were kneading dough) or use heavy stroking movements to help shift stubborn pockets. Always stroke towards your heart to increase lymphatic drainage

Description: Get your massage technique right to tackle cellulite on a daily basis. You can knead cellulite on your tum

Get your massage technique right to tackle cellulite on a daily basis. You can knead cellulite on your tum

2.    Soak solution

Use 200g of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) in your bath to improve the removal of toxins from the lymphatic system, as the magnesium boosts your waste elimination processes. Hit the sauna or the steam room after a workout, too – the heat dilates your blood vessels to improve your circulation.

3.    Daily dose

Speed up fat metabolism from the inside out with Functionalab Body Toning Beauty Dose capsules ($49.5 for 30 days’ supply; boost.com). Active ingredients include grape seed antioxidants to increase fat metabolism and support blood vessels and capillaries, plus vitamin C, omega-3 and hydrolyzed collagen to improve skin strength and elasticity.

Description: Speed up fat metabolism from the inside out with Functionalab Body Toning Beauty Dose capsules

Speed up fat metabolism from the inside out with Functionalab Body Toning Beauty Dose capsules

H&F recommends

Tighten soft and doughy skin with a firming gel. We love Champneys Spa Treatments Mineral Detox Firming Hip & Thigh Gel ($15 for 200ml; boots.com). Ingredients include caffeine to improve microcirculation and seaweed extract to even out skin tone.

Eating grapefruit helps eliminate toxins from the body, and when massaged onto targeted areas, grapefruit oil can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Try Avalon Organics Grapefruit & Geranium Hand and Body lotion ($10.25 for 340g; biggreensmile.com)

We love (comfort zone) Body Stratehist + Remodeller cream ($65.25 for 150ml; comfortzone.it). It has a hot/cold thermo genic action to stimulate the circulation of the blood and lymphatic system. Used twice a day for 30 days, 87 per cent of people saw an improvement.

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