In this section, we are going to take a look at anti cellulite applications and ingredients. We are going to find out what certain ingredients do and why they work.
It should be noted as a reminder however, that applications on their own will only provide limited results. For comprehensive results that you are almost certainly looking for, you will need to adopt a complete effective plan of which applications play a factor.
There are masses of products on the market. Some are good and some are not. Many incorporate natural ingredients and some incorporate synthetic ingredients that have been developed in a laboratory.
To best understand which products are the best, we should first of all understand the exact process in which the lumpy cell appearance is formed, and then we can take a look at some of the best ingredients and see how they work and what they do.
It is formed when our body’s waste disposal system gets bogged down with too many toxins. This leads to the development and buildup of fat cells under the skin. The greater the buildup of toxins, the greater the buildup of the fat cells which produces that dimpled orange peel skin appearance.
In addition to this, if we don’t factor the right diet and lifestyle, the supportive tissue under the skin can become weak and ineffective at holding its structure together, and this can result in the cell fat lumps pushing on the skin forming the orange peel appearance.
Effective products and ingredients help to provide strength to the supporting tissue, or help to assist the blood and lymph circulation and to aid the removal of toxins which assist in the formation of this unwanted cell appearance.
Certified dermatologist Dr. Elina Nikolenko says that the unwanted lumpy cell appearance is a microcirculatory disorder of the endocrine system. Now cellulite is characterized by changes in the interstitial matrix as well as in the subcutaneous tissues. Normally, the adipose tissue, or layer of fat, in the subcutaneous layer of the skin is nourished by very small blood vessels as well as lymph vessels. These same structures remove the waste products and toxins that are released from cellular metabolism.
Cellulite is believed to occur because of a problem in the way waste matter and toxins are not effectively removed from the body, leading to the accumulation of fat cells in the subcutaneous layer, and resulting in the changes that are observed as orange-peel skin as the unwanted lumpy cell appearance forms.
These products therefore should contain ingredients that have been proven by science to facilitate the removal of toxic substances, reduce inflammatory responses, and improve overall blood and lymphatic circulation. Studies have shown that, while there are a lot of ingredients that can play a significant role in reducing the unwanted lumpy cell, the following may be more effective than others:
Other notable effective ingredients include Vitamin C, Coconut Oil, Glaucium Flavum Extract, Euglena Gracilis Extract, Centella Asiatica, Peptides and Horsetail Extract. Their mechanisms of action can range anywhere from reduction of inflammation, improvement of blood flow, and strengthening of the overall structural integrity of the skin. All of these can help in your effort to reduce the dimples skin appearance.
When purchasing these products, ensure that they contain some of the following ingredients:
One of the things that should be noted as part of the effectiveness of dry brushing is the pressure that is applied by the brush is important as part of the smoothing effect to act as a steam roller effectively on the unsightly lumps and bumps to give the appearance of beautifully smooth skin.
To properly brush your skin, you need to have the correct kind of brush for the job. What is important is for the bristles to be firm so that they can apply pressure on the skin. You also need a long handle with which to hold the brush when working on hard-to-reach areas like the back. Dry brushing is best done prior to taking a shower in the morning. Use long and upward strokes to brush the skin of your feet and work your way up towards your torso. Finish dry brushing from your forearms and work your way towards the armpits.
Purchase a dry brush like one shown in this image. Just before using, apply coconut oil to the skin you are going to brush so that the brush effect is smooth. The coconut oil will prevent chaffing and will also have a positive effect in the reduction of the pitted cell appearance due to the coconut oils effective properties on and in your skin.
Brush your skin towards your upper body just before taking a shower in the morning in order to get rid of the unsightly lumpy appearance.
Dry brushing is one of the fastest-growing spa treatments today. It involves scrubbing the skin with a specially made brush.
This is intended to perform two things:
1. The scrubbing action can have an exfoliating effect on dead skin cells.
2. The massaging action, when done in the direction of blood and lymph flow, can help in the removal of toxins in a process of detoxification.
You can use extra virgin olive oil as a base for other effective super ingredients such as coffee grounds, juniper oil and tangerine oil, etc. The olive oil is a healthy quality oil and is a great carrier for these other ingredients.
Extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants, fatty acid (monounsaturated fatty acids), Oleic acid, vitamin E and vitamin K, which make this oil the perfect base for massage and as a carrier for other ingredients.
Extra virgin olive oil is mainly composed of oleic acid, accounting for about 80 percent of its weight. Oleic acid is able to penetrate deep into the skin a lot more efficiently than most other substances. It is for this reason that olive oil is often used as an important base for many skin treatments including cellulite reduction treatments.
Here is a quick example of using extra virgin olive oil as a carrier oil:
Let’s take coffee grounds as our active ingredient, as it is known to be effective in both exfoliating the skin and facilitating the removal of toxins from the body.
Now coffee grounds on their own are no good. They are naturally dry by themselves and their beneficial properties can’t get absorbed in to the skin without applying a carrier. By mixing the ground coffee with the extra virgin olive oil, you get a perfect medium and an effective application.
Coconut oil is an amazing application, and when used to massage areas of the body that are affected by this lumpy cell appearance, it is very effective.
Coconut oil is used extensively in spa treatments. This is because when it is used in massage therapy, the oil becomes particularly effective in promoting enhanced lymphatic drainage.
Enhanced lymphatic drainage assists the removal of toxins that have been stored in the body’s lumpy cell affected areas. Coconut oil has become one of the essential ingredients for external application for this reason.
To achieve the best results from the coconut oil, it is best to drink plenty of water prior to the massage to help flush out toxins from your body. It is also best practice to take a hot bath or shower to open up your pores in order to allow the coconut oil to penetrate deeper into your skin.
After your bath/shower, dry your skin thoroughly, and then apply coconut oil onto the areas that you want treated and massage the area well. You can use in conjunction with dry brushing to maximize the efficiency of your time. After you have finished your treatment, allow 10 to 15 minutes before taking another shower to clean up.
You can perform this coconut oil lumpy cell reduction massage every day preferably in the morning.
Juniper oil has many uses. Studies show that it is an excellent detoxifying agent, often removing heavy metals, unused hormones, pollutants, and other waste compounds from the body. It is a natural diuretic as well further enhancing the elimination of toxins and waste materials from the body. It also induces perspiration which facilitates the removal of toxins through the skin.
All of the above makes juniper oil to be one of the best applications.
Juniper oil is extracted from the fruits, needles, and wood of the juniper berry. The oil extracted from the berries themselves has a more superior quality than those extracted from other parts of the plant.
Juniper oil should be used as massage oil or as an essence in baths. To use juniper oil in a massage, dilute juniper oil with olive oil and apply onto problematic areas and thoroughly massage it for about 15 minutes. You can do this as often as you want. Some experts recommend a daily application of juniper, once each in the morning and the evening.
Massaging vitamin E oil onto the lumpy cell affected parts of the body aids the repair of damaged tissues and helps restore healthier-looking skin to help reduce the dimpled skin appearance.
Vitamin E is one of the vitamins that has excellent antioxidant characteristics. When vitamin E oil is massaged onto the skin, it improves the blood and lymph flow which aids the removal of toxins from the affected areas.
Massage the affected areas of your body with vitamin E oil. After massaging the areas, you can try adding some coconut oil to the same areas and use together with dry brushing. You can do this treatment daily.
Aloe vera is another common ingredient used in effective super products. These products usually contain extracts of aloe vera. Use these products according to package directions.
Aloe vera has been extensively studied by the scientific community supposedly for its many health benefits. While some of these studies are controversial, the majority point to the effectiveness of aloe vera in cellular repair and the improvement of microcirculation. Its anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties have been regarded as two elements that can be effective to help fight the unsightly cell formation.
Aloe vera can come in a variety of forms: creams, gels, lotions, exfoliates, body toners and drinks. You can use any product that contains aloe vera extract and apply it according to package directions. Just make sure to massage it well onto the affected skin areas.
Purchase a good, high-quality aloe vera cream, or gel, and massage in to the affected areas.