Thursday, 19 March 2015
How do you treat cellulites?In my rant-ish post about the beauty industry's way of advertising and marketing beauty (if you haven't read it yet, please do so here). And one of the things I mentioned in that post was that cellulite creams are utter bullocks and a total waste of your money.
Thus, the question is: How do I treat cellulites then without these 'creams'?
Let me repeat something: I have yet met a guy (or man) that could identify cellulites if his life depended on it (present company not included).
Now let's get to things started.
I strictly believe that since you cannot make them "go away", then hide them. And to do this, you need to conceal them with smoke and mirrors (not literally, you don't want to be a holding a mirror everywhere -although it would be hilarious haha). So back to scrubs. Why scrubs? Because if your skin looks dull and flaky, then it would just enhance the appearance of what you call 'cellulite'. Use a gentle body scrub in the shower and massage gently around the area and wash off. Easy. Your skin will look smooth as dead skin cells on the surface are removed. This smoother texture will create the illusion of a more smoother, firm and radiant appearance. Not only does it mask cellulite, it exfoliates skin and makes it smooth. Killing 2 birds with 1 stone eh?
2. Bronzers/ Self-tanners
Another way to conceal them is basically bronze or self-tan the whole area. Now I have to mention that tanning machines WILL kill you. They are a major cause of skin cancers. Use bronzers or even better, self-tanners. The idea is that self-tanning will bronze up the skin and make the area recede (similar principle as contouring the face), thus making it look 'slimmer'. One thing to note though, make sure your self-tan is not patchy or it'll be really obvious. Or heavens forbid, uneven. Thus, why I so much prefer scrubs as you don't need skills of precision and patience (I have absolutely no patience) and you can whip it out any time of the day (well assuming you're in the shower/bath that is).
I personally don't think this is proven but there are people that claim this method works. Basically, you massage the affected area so that the circulation of the blood will improve thus, improving its appearance. It should be noted that you should not massage vigorously (obviously) and the result is only temporary. Also, womenshealth.gov - no amount of massage will remove your cellulite.
4. Exercise/ Diet
If you can be bothered, strengthening the muscles in your legs, buttocks and thighs, can make cellulite less noticeable. This can be done by losing weight through healthy (emphasized) means such as through exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. For example, if you starve yourself, your body will take energy or what-they-call-it from your muscles first, thus creating more fat, and you don't want that.
1. Machines that claim to address cellulite problems do not work (American Academy of Dermatology) - they don't adequately address the structural component of cellulites. But, some may reduce the appearance of lumpy skin (back to the masking it part).
Hope y'all found this post helpful.
I also want to add: Embrace your insecurities because it's what make you stand out in a conforming society, it's also what makes you, you.