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What's cellulite and why (almost) everyone has it

A mini guide upon causes and best anticellulite remedies

What's cellulite and why (almost) everyone has it A mini guide upon causes and best anticellulite remedies

There is a struggle for normality that is finally beginning to prevail over beauty stereotypes. And for the first time, even the phobia of cellulite is being unhinged from the canons of appearance. Something is happening: to the feeds that in recent years have been filled with ultra-plastic, hyper-retouched bodies, shaped and perfected to the tune of filters and special Apps, a newfound authenticity and reality of the representation of the female body, which generates less anxiety and fewer unreal comparisons, is starting - at last - to take its revenge. Learning to love oneself and accept one's body, however, does not mean not caring about it even to the detriment of one's health (since cellulite represents inflammation); it is important not to chase perfection, it is true, but it is equally important to feel good in one's body in order to like oneself more and increase self-esteem. So why not try it?

Cellulite is an inflammatory state of the subcutaneous adipose tissue, which leads to an increase in the number and volume of fat cells and the organisation of the supporting connective tissue into fibrotic bundles, resulting in the typical 'orange peel' appearance of the skin. Several factors are involved in setting up the pathological process, starting with the malfunctioning of the venous and lymphatic microcirculation. This situation, without intervention, tends to worsen with a slow and progressive evolution. In fact, a vicious circle is set up: degeneration of the microcirculation of the adipose tissue, leading to greater stagnation of liquids, with aggravation of the inflammatory state and worsening of the cellulite. Not all, however, is equal. We can in fact identify three stages based on the severity and aesthetic impact: oedematous cellulite, characterised by a stagnation of liquids in the classic areas where cellulite accumulates; fibrous cellulite in which we begin to notice the characteristic 'orange peel' appearance; and finally, sclerotic cellulite, in the last stage, where the skin tissue is hard, with an irregular profile, due to the presence of macronodules that are painful to the touch. Be careful not to confuse cellulite with water retention. The latter is caused by an excessive collection of liquids between the cells, which are not well distributed and accumulate between the tissues. Instead, cellulite is the consequence of inflammatory processes affecting the blood vessels, adipose tissue and interstitial tissue. So, if you suffer from water retention, you do not necessarily have cellulite as a consequence. The same goes for the opposite: the presence of cellulite does not necessarily indicate a lymphatic problem. The causes of this blemish can be many. Weight gain greatly favours fat accumulation, as does a lack of physical activity. But it is not certain: you can be predisposed to cellulite even if you are not overweight. Moreover, it can affect different areas, again depending on personal predisposition and localised fat. Generally, the most affected areas are the hips, thighs, arms and buttocks. Uncomfortable clothing, such as jeans or leggings that are too tight and high heels worn for many hours of the day, also contribute to poor circulation and promote cellulite. Therefore, it is better to opt for comfortable clothing, especially if you are sitting all day in the office or at university.

How to fight it? The first remedy to take to fight cellulite is to change your diet in favour of a healthier, more balanced style. Hydration is fundamental. Therefore, prefer those foods that are richer in water such as watermelon, pineapple, asparagus, cucumbers, onions, lettuce, and so on. Of course, you should drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day, preferably two. Contrary to what many people believe, water does not bloat. There are also foods that you absolutely must avoid such as foods that are too salty, cold cuts and sausages, and industrial snacks. Instead, include high-fibre foods in your diet, which improve intestinal transit, reducing the accumulation of sugar and fat. Along with food, sport is one of the main remedies for cellulite sufferers. In fact, doing sport helps to increase muscle mass to boost the energy expenditure of your basic metabolism. It also makes you more toned and slowly eliminates cellulite from your body. But be careful: a half-hour jog every now and then is not enough. It is important, as with nutrition, that physical activity is constant and lasting.

 

Last but not least, in-house treatments and anti-cellulite creams can also be a valuable aid, if combined with sport and a healthy diet. LPG, proposes the new endermologie® Anti-Cellulite treatment performed with Cellu M6 Alliance®, cutting-edge technology from French research: this technique reactivates slumbering cell activity through 100% natural mechanical stimulation that reduces volumes, improves skin quality and harmonises curves. Tissue is defibred and septa are softened, resistant and localised fat deposits are destocked (lipolysis), circulatory exchanges are enhanced and the body is firmer (improved firmness, elasticity and hydration). And for maintenance at home, we have selected 10 anti-cellulite products for you to try now:

COLLISTAR  Anti-Cellulite Slimming Night Concentrate

COLLISTAR Anti-Cellulite Slimming Night Concentrate

55€
ANNE SERMONIN  Anti-Cellulite Gel

ANNE SERMONIN Anti-Cellulite Gel

79,99€
O WAY Slimming Treatment

O WAY Slimming Treatment

98,00€
ECO BY SONYA EXTREME EXFOLIATE GLOW

ECO BY SONYA EXTREME EXFOLIATE GLOW

17,99 €
MIIN COSMETICS Bum Bum Mask

MIIN COSMETICS Bum Bum Mask

13,16€
Cellu-Cup Silicone Massage Tour

Cellu-Cup Silicone Massage Tour

18,99€
THE LONGEVITY SUITE Cryo Gel

THE LONGEVITY SUITE Cryo Gel

59€
COCO & EVE Glow Figure Bounce Body Masque

COCO & EVE Glow Figure Bounce Body Masque

8,99€
SOMATOLINE SKINEXPERT Bende Drenanti

SOMATOLINE SKINEXPERT Bende Drenanti

39,90€