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8 Ways to Combat Cellulite
With a surprising 90 percent of women genetically predisposed to cellulite, even the fitness-obsessed and naturally thin can be plagued with “orange-peel” skin. The appearance of cellulite is linked to genetics (if your mom has it, you probably will too) and gender (in women, the connective tissue surrounding fat cells runs vertically, which creates a bulging of fat cells, resulting in a “puckered” look). But, even if Mother Nature isn’t in your favor, is there anything you can do to fix it? We take a closer look at eight easy ways to help you get rid of that dimpled look and be on your way to smoother skin.
What it is: A minimally invasive procedure, Cellulaze is an anti-cellulite treatment that is said to improve skin’s overall appearance for a smoother, healthier look.
How it works: Under local anesthesia the laser-assisted device breaks up fat pockets and releases depressed skin through heat using a tiny laser fiber. The treatment also boasts added benefits of stimulating collagen production and increasing skin’s elasticity for an entirely smoother look. “Cellulaze works by cutting the fibrous bands that cause cellulite,” says San Diego plastic surgeon Joseph L. Grzeskiewicz, MD. “It has some promise and can give some improvement in those with mild cellulite.”
Results: Immediate and continue to improve over the next three to 12 months
The Sculpting Cream
A great moisturizer will not only soften and smooth skin, but the added hydration may also reduce the appearance of cellulite. For the best results, choose a sculpting cream like Perricone MD Cold Plasma Body to battle puckered skin. Composed of serious firming ingredients, this multitasking cream improves skin’s texture and reduces dullness, both of which will result in a healthier, more toned appearance. perriconemd.com, $75
The Skin-Perfecting Scrub
Massaging cellulite-stricken areas with the right ingredients can help break apart lumps beneath the skin’s surface. We like Kerstin Florian Brightening Body Scrub, which, when applied in a circular motion on damp skin, employs the benefits of exfoliating bamboo and jojoba beadlets to stimulate circulation and even out your skin’s surface. Plus, rich emollients will hydrate and leave skin supersmooth. kerstinflorianusa.com, $65
The Skin-Smoothing Foam
Aside from genetics and poor diet, an inactive lifestyle can cause poor circulation thus resulting in cellulite. While regular exercise is the best solution, there are topical solutions such as Tammy Fender Cellulite & Stretch Mark Smoothing Solution that help penetrate and invigorate skin tissue to reduce the appearance of dimpled skin. We love this one because of its weightless foam formula that absorbs immediately into skin, making just-before-bed application a piece of cake. store.tammyfender.com, $110
The Tinted Body Booster
An age-old trick for looking slimmer: You can fake a toned figure void of lumpy imperfections by adding color to your skin with self-tanning lotions or sprays. Similar to a tinted face moisturizer, Per-fékt Body Perfection Gel comes in four shades to match a variety of skin tones and uses beauty-boosting hyaluronic acid to help firm skin, mask the appearance of cellulite and leave you with a supermodel-worthy glow. perfektbeauty.com, $48
The Slimming Leggings
Whether you choose running, biking, yoga or Pilates, you can fight cellulite with fat-blasting moves and multi-tasking workout wear. Proskins Slim Leggings are infused with retinol, vitamin E and caffeine, ingredients that work to breakup fatty deposits below the skin’s surface and give you an instantly trimmed look. The stretchy, slimming leggings flatter any figure and may just motivate a harder workout for long-term cellulite improvement. proskins.co, $120
The Healthy Glow
As we mature and our skin loses elasticity, cellulite may become more visible. Luckily with a product like Philosophy Here Comes the Sun Age-Defense Self-Tanner, you can fake tight, smooth skin in just minutes. This antioxidant and amino-acid-rich formula doubles as a toning moisturizer and an at-home tanning lotion. This multitasking tanner leaves skin looking tight and youthful while it builds a healthy glow that conceals cellulite trouble spots. beauty.com, $28
Diet and Exercise
If you’re among the few blessed with cellulite-free skin, you should still take preventive measures to hinder cellulite from developing in the future. Consuming refined carbohydrates and salty, oily and fried foods will cause the body to naturally gain fat, increasing your chances of cellulite-ridden legs. Instead, try eating circulation-boosting foods like asparagus, bananas, broccoli, pears, pineapples and citrus fruits.
Making time for fitness can also prevent stubborn fat from gathering. Regular exercise is not only essential for firm legs, but also for your overall health. Pilates, belly dancing and squats and lunges are some of the best workouts for achieving and maintaining toned, dimple-free legs.
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