Cellulite is an extremely common occurrence, particularly affecting women and most often seen around the thighs and buttocks. It looks like dimples and lumps on the surface of the skin that create an uneven skin texture and appearance. It’s certainly nothing to worry about and you shouldn’t have to feel self-conscious about it, especially since so many people have it. Still, people seek ways to get rid of cellulite to make their skin look smoother and more even.
What causes cellulite?
Cellulite occurs when fat cells in between your skin and your muscle push up against the skin, causing small protrusions that create the appearance of lumps and dimples. This occurs more commonly in women due to the way fat is distributed in women’s bodies compared to men’s, and because the structure of their connective tissue tends to be different.
While fat cells play a role, cellulite is not something that only appears if you are overweight or obese. People of lots of different body types and sizes can get cellulite, and the causes are not fully understood. Weight gain can increase your chances of developing cellulite due to the increase of fat cells, as can age due to your skin losing elasticity. Your likelihood of getting it can also come down to hormones and genetics.
How to get rid of cellulite
There’s no certain way to get rid of cellulite. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting enough exercise can certainly help by reducing fat and toning the skin, but some people can be in great shape and still have cellulite. There are also creams and other topical treatments that claim to reduce cellulite, although their effectiveness varies.
How can massage help cellulite?
Like many other solutions you’ll come across, massage could help to control your cellulite, but it isn’t a magical fix. Massage helps to increase blood flow to the area, delivering more oxygen and nutrients in the process. This boost to your circulation can also increase collagen production, helping to improve your skin’s elasticity and youthfulness. The stimulation also improves the drainage of lymph and other fluids, which could improve the appearance of collagen.
Regular professional massage and even home massage techniques can keep your cellulite under control and keep your skin looking more even. Try this combined with toning exercises for your legs and buttocks, and reducing your intake of processed food, excess salt, and added sugars.
If you want to try professional massage for firming your skin and reducing cellulite, then contact Moonstone Massage to find out more about the range of treatments we offer in Winston Salem, NC.