It is caused by a bulging of fat cells between fibrous muscle tissues that lie underneath your upper layer of skin, also called the epidermis. Younger skin is tighter, so cellulite may not show through as much, but as we get older and our elastin decreases, the cellulite will become more obvious. However, there are ways to reduce the appearance.
- Smooth the skin with a buff puff or skin slougher. This will make the skin smoother and increase blood flow to the area.
- Use a caffeine or black tea based product to smooth on the skin. These are diuretics.
- Self tanners will camouflage cellulite.
- The prescription cream Retin-a can help rebuild collagen.
- Use creams that contain antioxidants and vitamins. These help the skin recover from pollution, stress and other things that break bonds and increase the appearance of cellulite.
- Work out your legs. Use weights to increase muscle.
- Use your hands to knead the area whenever possible, or use a massager.
- Use a plumper. They come in cream form and camouflage cellulite.
- Drink lots of water and eat healthy. This will contribute to fat loss.
- There are new shoes out now that supposedly works to decrease cellulite. They come in sneaker and sandal form.
- Endermologie is a salon treatment that can get expensive but is useful for reducing cellulite.
- Lipotransfer can be used to fill in the dimpled areas. It is expensive and requires a plastic surgeon. This can last a couple of years.
- Fillers can also be used to plump the area, such as collagen. It is expensive and requires a doctor. This usually lasts a few months.
- Laser can be used to stimulate the reproduction of collagen. It takes more than one treatment, and is meant to make skin firmer.
If you do not yet have cellulite, remember to stay out of the sun and apply sunscreen and firming creams to keep it from appearing. Also, keep your weight at a maximum of 20% of your optimal suggested level, and stay away from quick weight loss that may cause your skin to loosen.