One of the hottest fields in 2022 is in Cosmetic Dermatology. In fact, business is booming in cosmetic surgery. People are no longer depending on diet and exercise to take off the pounds. In fact, one of the latest trends is getting rid of subcutaneous fat. A better name for this fatty tissue is cellulite. Are you ready? Let’s zoom in on a specific area and find the best way to reduce cellulite on the back of the legs.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a common, harmless condition that anyone can have. In fact, thinner or even fit people can develop cellulite. It shows up as lumpy, dimples beneath the skin. Other names for it include cottage cheese, orange peel or subcutaneous fat. You already know this, so let’s move on. Do you notice dimples on your thighs? Let’s find out the best way to reduce cellulite on the back of the legs.
The Many Causes Attached to Cellulite
Some of the areas effected most by cellulite are the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. For one thing, it is a complicated condition. Another feature of cellulite is the fact that it can be caused by a number of things. For example, cellulite can develop from:
- Unhealthy lifestyle
- Lack of physical exercise
- Hormonal imbalance
Grades of Cellulite
There are three grades of cellulite. This grading system allows cosmetic dermatologists and other healthcare professionals to assess the severity of the condition.
The three grades are:
- Grade 1 (mild). Superficial dimpling with an “orange peel” appearance. One to four slight depressions in the skin
- Grade 2 (moderate). Deeper rippling of the skin with a “cottage cheese-like” appearance. Five to nine medium depressions in the skin.
- Grade 3 (severe). Deep skin rippling with a “mattress-like” appearance. Ten or more deep impressions.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Living a healthy lifestyle is quintessential to controlling your cellulite. Pay attention to what foods you are putting into your body. Cellulite development is relentless, so make healthy food choices and stay physically active.
Foods that Cause Cellulite
Are you aware that certain foods cause cellulite. So, if you want to control your cellulite, stay away from certain foods. Get serious, and kick your cellulite to the curve. Here are a few things to avoid:
- Processed carbs such as sugary cereals, candy and pasta. All of my favorites.
- Processed foods are a no-no. Why? They harbor unlimited amounts of sodium and white sugar. These unhealthy treats can trigger inflammation. So, for the record, kiss your chips, baked goods, sodas, and processed meats good bye. They are not your friend. They produce cellulite.
- Salt is not a saint, either. In fact, salt can not only run your blood pressure up, it can also cause inflammation in your body.
Cellulite on Back of the Legs
Developing cellulite is no small order. Unfortunately, there is no cure for it yet. So, let’s hunker down and get this cottage cheese under control. Certain leg and glute exercises help to tighten the skin around the thigh area.
Here we go:
Aerobics are called cardio exercise. It requires pumping of oxygenated blood. Blood delivers oxygen to the muscles. Cardio exercises include power walking, swimming, running or weightlifting. Aerobics not only improve fitness, it also enhances physical and mental health.
Cycling is an aerobic activity. Your heart, blood vessels and lungs will get a workout. You can cycle on a regular bike or on a stationary bike such as the ones at your fitness center. Cycling improves your overall fitness and well-being. In addition, cycling is a great cardiovascular workout. For people struggling with cellulite, cycling improved leg strength and creates muscle power.
Doing squats is the best way to tighten, not only thighs, but your legs, buttock and abs.
First do a quick warm up (five minutes): About 100 squats a day may do the trick. Building muscle will also help fill in some of those dimples. Try this simple exercise.
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Toes pointed forward
- Lower glutes as if you were sitting in a chair. Make sure your knees don’t go over your toes.
- Squeeze your glutes as you rise to the starting position. Repeat
- Make sure to include Aerobics and Strength Training. This will build muscle and help with overall skin elasticity. https://youtu.be/V80w-b4Jagw
Strength training is also called resistance training. It involves the exercises that improve your strength and endurance. Lifting weights is a big component of strength training. It also incorporates a variety of other techniques. These include calisthenics, isometrics other exercises that target specific muscle groups. Many sports and physical activities include a strength training regime.
History of Dry Brushing
The self-care ritual of dry rubbing has been around for ages. Stimulating the skin by this technique has been used in several cultures. Here are a few examples:
The Ancient Egyptians used dry brushing technique thousands of years ago. For example, they exfoliated with natural enzymes from sour milk and wine for soft, supple skin.
Traditional Chinese dry brushing use dried fibers of a gourd fruit called silk squash, commonly known as loofah. The Luffa Plant can be used either alone or mixed with sesame oil to remove dead skin. This stimulates circulation. It is also taken by mouth for treating and preventing colds. Furthermore, women used the luffa to restore absent menstrual periods.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans used strigils (a bronze instrument with a curved blade) with olive oil, to remove dirt, sweat and oil before they bathed. Aristotle, the Father of Medicine, was a fan of strigils. Many people were buried with their strigils.
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is a natural skin care technique. Some of the benefits include exfoliation of dead skin. In addition, dry brushing stimulates your circulatory and lymphatic systems. Brushing the skin without water is linked to the detox process. Lymph is our cellular-waste system.
The cost of a brush is only about $15. It’s an underrated, overlooked natural home remedy. I may do another separate post on the lymphatic system. What are you waiting for? Here’s your to do list:
- Buy a firm, natural-bristle brush. You can find them in your Whole Foods or any health food store
- Take about three minutes to dry-brush your whole body
- Apply enough pressure to stimulate pressure, but not so much that it hurts.
- Important tip: Brush upwards (always towards the heart)
- Start at the knee, where the nodes are, and brush the outside
- Brush the inside of the thigh towards the groin
- At the calf, Brush from the foot towards the groin.
- Finally, brush the buttocks from the midline outward towards the hip.
Can Dry Brushing Remove Cellulite on the Legs?
Dry brushing will not remove all your cellulite. However, It can do wonders for your skin. At the end of the day, you will need several treatments. One session will not suffice. Consequently, dry brushing has many benefits. For example, it can:
- Exfoliate your skin
- Remove dead skin cells
- Stimulate circulation
- Relax and invigorate you
Other Methods to Remove Cellulite
Radiofrequency is a cosmetic procedure to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It provides skin tightening and improves body contours. Radiofrequency energy (RF) is delivered deep into the subcutaneous fatty tissue. Moreover, the electrodes heat up tissues in the targeted zone. Sometimes, massage or suction is included in the treatment.
According to a 2019 study, patients who had between 8 and 16 treatments, over a period of several weeks, showed a significant reduction in cellulite. However, it isn’t clear how long the treatments last. More research is needed.
Subcision is a minor surgical treatment to treat scars left behind by acne or other skin diseases. It has also been used to treat moderate cellulite. It is performed by inserting a specially designed needle under the skin. Patients receive local anesthesia prior to treatment.
Dry brushing isn’t for every skin type. If you have rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis, dry brushing your face can aggravate your skin. In some cases, it will do more harm than good. There are other precautionary measures related to dry brushing.
- Choose a brush with natural bristles such as sisal, boar, or cactus.
- Test the bristles first.
- Don’t choose a brush that is too harsh. It will leave scratches or welts on your skin.
- Dry brushing cannot be done over your clothing. It has to be done on bare skin
Is Dry Brushing Expensive?
An effective dry brushing kit can cost between $30-60 on Amazon.
Final Take Home
Let’s face it. We don’t live in a perfect world. Furthermore, we also are not born with perfect bodies. This means that we have to seek out help for our flaws. One of the most common flaw is unsightly cellulite. In fact, people spend lots of money to have their “orange peel” and “cottage cheese” removed, come hell or high water.
Living with cellulite is not an option for many people. Getting it removed is the end-goal. Nobody wants is deal with subcutaneous fat. Thus, understand why cellulite removal is a billion dollar business. It has become the “normal” thing to do.
Thank you form hanging in there with me on my cellulite journey. Hope you will stop by more often. Feel free to leave your questions and comments below. I would love to correspond with you.
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