Cellulite is not a problem of the modern world: it has always existed. However, thirty years ago, only one in three women had cellulite after 30 years. Since the late 1970s, more and more women are prone to cellulite with the appearance of the famous “orange peel effect”, and today, 90% of women suffer from cellulite regardless of whether they are round or thin. Cellulite is caused by many factors and is difficult to dislodge. Here is a global point on the causes of cellulite, on its different types, and on how to get rid of it once and for all!
CAUSES AND TYPES OF CELLULITE
What triggering factors?
Four key factors contribute to cellulite: hormonal predisposition, diet, contraceptive pill use and pregnancy. The modern diet is especially marked by the ingestion of artificial hormones present in meat, including progesterone derivatives that significantly affect tissues… So watch what you eat and cut back on your meat!
The different stages of cellulite formation
Cellulite is formed in three phases: cellulite is visible only when the skin is pinched; cellulite is visible when the skin is compressed, for example when sitting; cellulite is permanently visible on the skin.
Are there different types of cellulite?
- Fatty or adipose cellulite due to excess fat, often localized in people who are overweight or subject to hormonal imbalances, on the stomach, thighs, buttocks, hips and knees.
- Aqueous cellulite due to water retention, linked to poor venous and lymphatic circulation, often localized in thin women with heavy and swollen legs.
- Fibrous cellulite due to a collagen dysfunction that encloses fat cells and makes them hard and difficult to dislodge. It is usually located around the thighs.
You can obviously have mixed cellulite: a mixture of two or three types of cellulite.
IN DETAIL: SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATIONS
What is cellulite?
The body naturally contains fat cells, but cellulite is formed when these cells are saturated with waste. When swollen, they compress the blood and lymphatic vessels resulting in poor elimination of toxins and liquids. These fatty clusters form hollows and furrows on the surface of the skin of the thighs, arms, stomach and buttocks.
What is the lymphatic system?
Less known than blood circulation, lymphatic circulation is also essential for the functioning of our body. Like blood vessels, the body contains a network of lymphatic vessels that circulates from the bottom to the top with three roles: draining waste present in our cells, nourishing the blood by circulating fat cells from the small intestine, and strengthening the immune system. If the blood circulation works thanks to the pumping of the heart, the lymphatic circulation works thanks to the movements of the muscles of the body and the firmness of the skin.
If sufficient physical activity is not practiced, lymphatic evacuation does not function properly, waste products are not eliminated and they accumulate in the cells, causing an increase in adiposities and in the formation of cellulite.
HOW TO FIGHT CELLULITE
Eating better, moving and drinking water
The first action is obviously to detoxify your body, rebalance your diet and practice regular physical activity. The induced weight loss will eliminate waste, superficial fat and therefore fat cellulite.
You also need to drink a lot: people who do not drink enough do not have enough lymphatic fluid. Not enough lymphatic fluid – no lymphatic drainage – no detoxification and therefore no elimination of cellulite. The body works like a washing machine; it needs at least 2.5 litres of water a day to be truly detoxified.
If you are prone to watery and fibrous cellulite, you can do as much sport as you want, no waste and lymphatic fluid will be effectively eliminated. It is then necessary to activate the lymph thanks to lymphatic drainage: a particular massage intended to improve the circulation of the lymph to support the elimination of metabolic waste products. In most cases, lymphatic massage gives good results in reducing cellulite.
Break fat cells
For fibrous cellulite, it is a question of dislodging hard pads, which have been installed for a long time, using the palpate-roll technique. By making energetic pinches of the skin, the different layers are dissociated and the fat cells “broken”. This stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation and waste disposal. The anti-cellulite suction cups reproduce the action of the palpate-roll: by the suction and massage effect, they break the fatty structure formed under the skin.
The result: the skin becomes smoother and the volume of fat decreases. Palpate-roll
The Stéphanie Franck Beauty Slimming Kit allows you to reproduce at home the techniques of lymphatic drainage and palpate-roll + burn fat more quickly during your fitness exercises.