The Ugly Truth About Cellulite:
Cellulite affects 90% of women and 10% of men in industrialized countries, according to Scientific American. Those are some astonishing statistics and I am, unfortunately, in the majority. If you are too, take comfort in knowing you are not alone. Beginning around age 25-35, the cellulite starts to appear. No one really knows why it happens but in the most simplified terms, the theory goes like this. As time goes on and your body produces less estrogen and receptors in your blood vessels are lost. This affects circulation. Decreased circulation means less nutrients and oxygen are carried to that specific area of your body and ultimately this leads to a decrease in collagen and enlargement of fat cells. Those fat cells poke through the collagen network and are seen as the lumps and bumps we know as cellulite. There are differences in the collagen structure between men and women and of course, hormones, which explains why women are more prone to the condition. This article in Scientific American has some good information to help you understand how and why the condition develops and exists. (And no, that is not me in my underwear)
Off and on for years, I’ve researched how to battle cellulite. I’ve waited patiently for the medical breakthrough and well, I’m still waiting. I think I’ll be dead by the time scientists figure it out. You kind of wonder how medical researchers can solve so many issues but this one is still outstanding. Does it just not get the same level of attention and funding as other medical issues? I don’t know but someone will eventually make millions when they find a permanent long term solution. I used to flip through magazines wondering why all these women I see are not affected by it. Then I learned how to use Adobe Photoshop. So, I can personally attest to how easy it is to wipe cellulite away with some relatively easy manipulation of photographs. What you see in magazines is far from reality and if you go to the beach, you’ll see for yourself what most women’s butts and thighs really look like.
If I thought there was a procedure that would permanently and effectively get rid of cellulite, I would probably spend the money on it. But here we are in 2015 and we have a mere two FDA approved procedures that aren’t permanent, have mixed reviews, and cost thousands of dollars. What do you get for that? A temporary solution that might not work out all that great. That seriously sucks. I mean what else can I say?
OK, so what do we have available that’s proven to be safe and sort of effective? First, there are different types of massage therapy machines, such as Endermologie. It’s expensive and takes many treatments to notice a difference. Maintenance treatments are required to maintain any effect achieved by the treatments. Without the maintenance, the cellulite reappears. That sounds great, doesn’t it? The other FDA approved option is two light-therapy devices that combine suction or massage with light therapy for the temporary reduction of the appearance of cellulite. There’s that key word again, temporary. These treatments are known as VelaSmooth or TriActive and they combine massage with laser light therapy. These treatments are even more expensive than Endermologie and will run you into the thousands. Thousands of dollars for a temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite. And don’t forget about the ongoing maintenance!
I decided to research the best natural skin care DIY cellulite scrub I could come up. This has gotten the best feedback and it’s what I’ve started using in desperation. I think I do notice a small difference when I’m consistent with the treatment so I’ve decided to just stick with it until some miraculous announcement comes out. This DIY cellulite scrub uses a high dose of caffeine (which is what is in most of the creams you can buy) and it’s cheap and easy. If nothing at all, it’s great for exfoliation. Now, let me preface this by saying there is no scientific evidence that caffeine has an effect on cellulite. You just have to judge for yourself. The reason it’s believed to help is because it’s a stimulant that dilates blood vessels and can lead to temporary toning of your skin. Caffeine also increases circulation and reduces water retention. All these things can lead to a decreased appearance of cellulite.
All Natural Skin Care: Recipe For Cellulite Coffee Scrub:
CELLULITE COFFEE SCRUB TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS:
Glass jar with a good seal
6 T olive oil or coconut oil
1 cup of the strongest, highest caffeine coffee grounds you can get
3 T of sea salt
CELLULITE COFFEE SCRUB DIRECTIONS:
In a glass jar (not plastic unless you are ok with the plastic getting stained brown) combine the sea salt and coffee. If you would like a milder and less abrasive scrub, you can substitute sugar for the sea salt. Mix the dry ingredients together and add the oil. After you have mixed everything together, seal the jar, and place it in your shower for use.
By the way, I researched the highest caffeine brand coffees and found Death Wish to the be the winner. I’ve included a link here where I ordered mine. I’ve never had the courage to drink it. It’s for my scrub only! If you don’t have time to make a scrub, Otavea Skin Care has all natural body scrubs available including a cellulite buster using chocolate and coffee. They are beautiful hand crafted products and also an an all natural skin care product that you can trust.
Janine -XO ~Abeautifulwhim