Adjusting your lifestyle with these few simple tips can help you on your way to a smoother-looking body.
- Eat more berries
A healthy diet plays an important role in keeping the signs of cellulite at bay. Toxins tend to accumulate under our skin reducing skin elasticity and restricting blood circulation in the capillaries. According to many studies, berries – especially blueberries – are the richest in antioxidants which are important toxin-fighting compounds. Blueberries also contain polyphenols, which appear to help keep the body from forming fat tissue. In a study conducted at the Texas Women’s College, subjects who had more polyphenols produced less fatty tissue than those in the control group.
- Eat more liver-supporting foods
A healthy diet plays an important role in keeping the signs of cellulite at bay
Cellulite can form when toxins are built up within the body and therefore harden the septa (net-like fibrous connective tissue. When the septa are pushed downwards, the fat cells are squeezed into small bulges that translate into the “orange peel” effect). “The best way of reducing the amount of toxins in your body is to eat more liver-supporting foods,” explains Dr. Carina Norris, registered nutritionist and author of You Are What You Eat . “The best examples of these foods are artichoke, lemon juice, milk thistle and dandelion root tea.”
- Drink green tea
Although green tea has not yet been specifically tested as a treatment for cellulite it has received a lot of recognition as being a possible treatment for obesity. Whilst losing fat won’t completely solve cellulite, it’s been shown to help, according to research conducted at the Laboratoires Arkopharma in France. Try sipping on 2-3 cups a day of the green stuff to get the most benefits.
- Use spices and herbs
Spices and herbs contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and other ingredients that typically support connective tissue health and discourage fat cell expansion – perfect for your figure. The best spice to add to your diet is chilli, “can boost your metabolism by up to 25% for three hours after you eat them”, explains Dr. Carina Norris. Just be careful not to eat too many if you have a sensitive digestive system.
- Supplement your diet with gotu kola
Gotu kola extract has been specifically researched for its benefits in reducing cellulite, and it is one of the few herbs that has been successful in garnering good results. Gotu kola extract improves elasticity and thickens the skin, helping minimise the appearance of bumpy cellulite. In a study described by Dr. Tatjana Pavicic, the Head of Dermatology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, gotu kola extract given orally at a dose of 60 mg for 90 days was effective in the treatment of cellulite. Gotu kola extract can be found at health food stores. Speak to your doctor before taking any supplements.
- Eat more lean protein
Your skin and blood vessels are made of protein – if there isn’t enough protein those tissues will suffer. “Most women simply do not eat enough protein to maintain optimum skin and blood vessel health,” explains Dr. Carina Norris. “The best sources of lean protein include chicken (without the skin), lean cuts of beef, pork and eggs. Vegans can opt for pulses such as lentils, peas, beans and chick peas”, she adds.
- Cut saturated fats
As well as putting a strain on vein and artery walls, leading to circulatory problems, saturated fat is very calorie-dense (or fattening). Eating too many calories leads to cells becoming bigger. Cell walls struggle to keep their shape and cellulite forms. “Grill or steam food instead of frying it, and increase your salmon consumption, it contains fatty acids such as omega 3 and 6 as these help reduce cells sticking together,” suggests Dr. Carina Norris.
- Use coffee as skin scrub
A build-up of toxins in the body can affect the dermis and contribute to cellulite formation, which is why drinking coffee is not advised if you’re trying to combat cellulite, but java does have its uses in the fight against dimply thighs. In a study by the University of Tennessee, researchers found that adding caffeine to anti-inflammatory creams significantly increased their effectiveness, so try using coffee as a skin scrub – Grab a handful of wet coffee granules to vigorously massage into dimpled skin twice a week.
Cellulaze, a pioneering invasive cosmetic treatment which targets the dreaded appearance of quilted, pitted fat, has hit the market causing a media storm.
Affecting more than 8 out of 10 women, cellulite is considered one of the curses of female gender, but Cellulaze is considered one of the best weapons to banish orange-peel thighs.
Cellulite occurs when the strands that connect the layers of tissue and the fat below the skin (fibrous septae) gradually harden and contract, while the fat between stays the same and protrudes out in a lumpy fashion.
Diet, exercise, creams and massage do help, but chronic sufferers are constantly on the lookout for a long-term solution.
The Sunday Times Style magazine has reported that new laser cellulite treatment Cellulaze claims to melt the fat and then break down the fibres anchoring the tiny fat pockets, thus banishing the appearance of cellulite.
It is the first scientifically validated laser cellulite treatment to win the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which accepted the results of Cellulaze’s year-long trial last January.
The study was conducted in the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and monitored a group of women with an average age of 47.
It showed that just one Cellulaze treatment prevented the return of cellulite for at least a year. There are even claims that the earliest patients have remained cellulite-free for three years.
The treatment, which costs upwards of $4,000, takes one to two hours and involves a local anaesthetic and mild sedation, followed by the insertion of a laser rod, like a fine knitting needle, just below the surface of the skin through a series of tiny cuts, reported the Sunday Times.
Cellulaze is the first scientifically validated laser cellulite treatment approved by FDA
Laser beams then transmit energy sideways from the rod to smooth out lumpy fat cells and heat dermal tissue. The method promotes skin thickening and tightening, resulting in tighter, smoother skin. The laser directly targets the structure of cellulite.
As well as destroying the lumps, it stimulates collagen production just below the surface, and, in most cases, gives a smoother result than anything previously achieved by other anti-cellulite treatments.
The Cellulaze laser fiber claims to level out bumps of fat, treat dimples by releasing the fibrous bands that pull down on the skin, and stimulate collagen production to increase skin’s depth and elasticity for a smoother look.
Liquefied fat is then pressed out.
Hassan Shaaban, a consultant plastic surgeon at the Sthetix clinic in Liverpool, was the British pioneer, and has now become the principal specialist training other doctors from across Europe in the technique.
He warns that not every patient will benefit.
“We classify cellulite severity from one to four,” he says.
“This treatment works best on stages two and three. In other words, women with serious cellulite will first have to lose fat by other methods.”
The cosmetic surgeon Angelica Kavouni, of the Cadogan Clinic in London, underwent the training last December and has already treated 15 women. \
“I am cautiously optimistic that it works, but I think most patients will also have to make lifestyle changes such as diet and more exercise to maintain the results,” she told the Sunday Times.
Madonna and Kate Hudson share the same cellulite-busting secret, the $14 Dr.Organic’s Organic Royal Jelly Cellulite Cream.
Since Cleopatra’s reign, Royal Jelly, the exclusive food of the queen honey bee, has been prized for its power to offer “eternal youth”, and it is certainly working its magic on the stars, both of whom boast toned and smooth skin.
The rich massage cream aims to improve the texture and tone of the skin.
Made from a heady blend of ingredients including certified 100% organic Royal Jelly, aloe vera, shea, cocoa butter and honey, Organic Royal Jelly Cellulite Cream claims to boost circulation and increase nutrition and oxygen supply to connective tissue.
Organic Royal Jelly Cellulite Creamis supposed to help fight the dreaded “orange peel” effect, and reduce bottom and thigh volume.
Royal Jelly is prized for its combination of essential amino and fatty acids, trace minerals, skin boosting B vitamins and natural antibacterial quality nourishes and judging by the results, it’s easy to see why both Madonna and Kate Hudson are fans.
Organic Royal Jelly Cellulite Cream claims to boost circulation and increase nutrition and oxygen supply to connective tissue
A new anti-cellulite cream, called BioElixia Bodyshaper, has found word-of-mouth success since its high street launch.
The magic in this latest potion is, apparently, a “delivery system” which penetrates active ingredients deeper into the skin than rival creams.
It was discovered by scientists developing patches for arthritis and cancer patients. The patches are designed to carry painkillers beyond layers of the skin. The scientists applied similar technology in the patches to target cellulite, the unsightly “orange peel” appearance of skin caused by fat deposits just below its surface.
They said 99% of cellulite creams simply sit on top of the skin, and fail to penetrate at all.
BioElixia’s Targeted Penetration Matrix “opens up the pores within the skin, allowing active ingredients to pass through the top layers of dead skin, into the epidermal and dermal layers where live cells are”, claimed Dr. Esra Ogru, CEO of Phosphagenics Ltd, the Australian biotechnology firm behind the cream.
The ingredients – including caffeine and forskolin from mint and lavender – are designed to block uptake of fat, “starving” and helping to shrink fat cells.
The magic in BioElixia is a “delivery system” which penetrates active ingredients deeper into the skin than rival creams
The cream is claimed to reduce cellulite by almost 40% in 28 days. It has been a hit in Australia, where four tubes are sold every minute.
Critics argue only eating a healthy diet, exercising and drinking plenty of water will reduce cellulite.
The firm’s own clinical trials showed the cream to be a hit – at least, among the 30 women who took part. The volunteers, who had been told they were testing a moisturizer, agreed their thighs had less cellulite after using it twice daily for eight weeks.
Scientists used state of the art computer digital photography to analyze before and after pictures of the women’s thighs. The tests revealed that the bumps, “orange peel” dimples and bulges associated with cellulite were reduced by an average of 38% in 28 days, while the appearance was even better after eight weeks, with an average 57% reduction in cellulite.
Skin hydration and elasticity were also improved by 20% and 24%, respectively.
One user said: “I’ve been using this for 28 days and am pleased to say that there is a noticeable difference – I have a small patch of cellulite on the back of each thigh, and I have applied this as directed and ‘knuckled’ it in… My skin in general is more toned and the cellulite is now barely visible. I am going away and will be a lot more confident in my swimsuit as a result of using this!”
Critics of expensive cellulite creams claim they don’t work and that only eating a healthy diet, exercising and drinking plenty of water will reduce the “orange peel” appearance.
However, the scientists behind BodyShaper say it is revolutionary because, unlike other creams on the market, which sit on the top layers of skin, it contains a unique “delivery technology” called Targeted Penetration Matrix or TPM. This carries key toning and anti-aging ingredients, such as caffeine and forskolin, a natural product derived from the mint and lavender family, to the layers of skin that need it the most.
They say that it is proven to absorb five times more ingredients into the skin than their nearest rival.
Dr. Esra Ogru, a molecular biologist and CEO of Phosphagenics Ltd, the Australian biotechnology firm which created BodyShaper, said the cream was unique because it was the first time an anti-cellulite product had been created which penetrated deep into the layers of skin where live cells operate.
“As a scientist and a female I was very skeptical about anti-cellulite creams,” she said.
“We did a huge trial – looking at the most expensive creams to those at the bottom end of the market and discovered that 99% of them didn’t go through the skin at all, instead they simply sat on top.
“BodyShaper is unique because we used TPM – the successful delivery system we created for getting painkillers through the skin for people with chronic pain from arthritis and cancer – and applied the same technology to cellulite.
“TPM is made up of Vitamin E, which has been through a chemical process, which works by opening up the pores within the skin, allowing the active ingredients to pass through the top layers of dead skin, into the epidermal and dermal layers where the live cells are, without compromising the skin barrier or irritating it.”
Once the caffeine and forskolin have reached the live cells, they work to block the uptake of fat, starving existing fat cells and helping shrink them in size, thus reducing the dimpling effect of cellulite. In addition, forskolin also helps convert such fat into muscle, making skin more toned and smooth.
Scientists spent three years and tried more than 2,000 different formulations, which were tested for their effectiveness and penetration on donated human skin, before perfecting BodyShaper.
It has been a massive hit in Australia, where four tubes are sold every minute.
“BodyShaper was three years in the making, but our 12 years scientific experience and $160million investment in TPM for the pain relief market is the key to its success,” Dr. Esra Ogru added.
“It’s the first time science has been used to directly target the fat which causes cellulite so I’m not surprised that the women who’ve used it have seen amazing results. It’s all about getting those active ingredients to the right part of the skin and letting them do their stuff.”
BioElixia is on sale in Boots for £49.95 ($79.90) per 150ml.
Celebrities each have their own secret weapon against cellulite, according to Heat magazine.
For Frankie Essex it is Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, which she applies every time she gets out of the bath.
Katy Perry swears by Celluvera cream. At a pricey $72 per bottle, Katy Perry uses the cream as a boost to exercise to banish the bumps.
And Alesha Dixon keeps her orange peel at bay with a miracle cure known as Hypoxi Vacuum Therapy, which is a combination of exercise, improved diet and targeted low atmospheric pressure to help reduce cellulite around the buttocks.
Alesha Dixon is also an avid fan of a juice cleanser containing carrot, ginger and beetroot which she ensures is freshly made using unpasteurized juices that help detox her body.
The celebrities also follow the tried and tested methods of beating cellulite. From dry body brushing to staying well hydrated.
Madonna even invested in a machine that claimed to be the ultimate weapon in our war against cellulite, she paid a whopping $80,000 to have one installed in her home.
Frankie Essex is a huge fan of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula as a weapon against cellulite
The stars’ cellulite-busting tips:
• Frankie Essex is a huge fan of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula
• Katy Perry swears by Celluvera cream
• Alesha Dixon detoxes by drinking a juice cleanser
• Kate Moss gets her antioxidants in the form of white tea
• Miranda Kerr dry body brushes religiously to keep in shape
• Jennifer Lopez’s anti-cellulite staple comes in the form of spinach (and lots of it!)