Why do women suffer from Cellulite?

Cellulite legs before and after

By Melissa Walker, Senior Therapist

It affects more than 85% of women, and still there is no treatment that can guarantee 100% removal – so just why do women suffer from cellulite?

Contrary to popular belief, cellulite is not related to weight or size; it is actually a skin challenge. Those dreaded dimpled patches are down to the way women’s skin is constructed; female skin fibres run vertically, so when the receptors become damaged or impaired, they dip, causing the orange peel effect. What this means is that any woman, regardless of their weight, can suffer from cellulite. Men, on the other hand, don’t generally suffer from cellulite, as the male fibres are crisscrossed, providing a supportive layer that stops the skin from dipping when receptors are affected.

Phew, that’s the scientific bit over.

What can we do to combat Cellulite?

From creams and supplements, to body wraps and diets, there are a myriad of ‘cures’ on the market touted as the solution to cellulite. Unfortunately, most of them don’t completely banish it. However, there are some hugely effective treatments topical and internal treatments available at Zen Lifestyle that are guaranteed to work wonders on affected areas.

Similar to a deep, mechanical massage, Endermologie Lipomassage treats localised fat, cellulite and contours by increasing the blood and lymph circulation, restoring the connective tissue and improving skin appearance and tone. To supplement a course of treatments, we also recommend body brushing – a simple, daily technique that improves sluggish circulation and helps to drain toxins. Just 10 minutes of body brushing can remove up to 500 grams of waste products in the body, so it is time well spent

Amplify the results with a topical treatment; Murad Firm and Tone Serum helps breakdown the dull, dead skin cells while increasing tone and texture, to leave the skin looking bright and healthy. Another winner, Murad Firming Body Cream soothes, firms and hydrates the skin, leaving it feeling super soft after application.

Treatments aside, remember a healthy balanced diet is key. If you are eating processed junk food lacking nutrients and not hydrating sufficiently your skin will naturally appear dull and look less plump. If you really want to reduce and improve the appearance of cellulite, start off with a good balanced diet with lots of structured water, such as mint and cucumber water. Top this up with supplements such Murad Firm and Tone which contains vitamins, cell energisers, connective tissue support and essential fatty acids to help cells rebuild and replenish.

So, while we wrap up in our winter wardrobes use these months to tackle any problem areas both inside and out. Ask our therapists for advice on any particularly stubborn areas and before you know it you’ll be smoother, softer and ready for the big unveil next summer!

Endermologie Lipomassage is offered at our Teviot Place salon. Just give us a call to book a free consultation and see if this treatment would be suitable for you: 0131 226 6777.

Why women suffer from cellulite and how to combat it

Melissa Walker - Senior Therapist (Teviot Place)

Melissa Walker is one of Zen’s most experienced and sought after therapists. She has a wealth of experience with all kinds of skin types and skin conditions and is famous amongst Zen clients for her deep tissue massage.

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