Last night you’ve heard about a plugged expensive cream aimed to give you cellulite-free days. The next day, you are marching down the grocery store in the hope to see the advertised product you saw a night ago. But what exactly is cellulite? Does the word ring a bell?
Most often than not, consumers are lured into the skin care aisle to buy some things that even they themselves are not exactly aware of the use. Are you guilty of this silly deed? Many are, for sure.
Over-the-counter cellulite treatments are among the many victims to impulse buying. For whatever reason it may be, it may not be something so cost-effective in the end.
Before you start pushing those carts and cards, here’s a detailed coverage of what exactly cellulite is and how are you supposed to deal with the treatment options laid out in front of you.
The disfigurement of the skin causing a dimpling or orange-peel appearance is termed as CELLULITE. It is a medical condition which is otherwise termed as adiposis edematosa, hail damage and mattress phenomenon and orange peel syndrome.
The disorder itself has existed many years ago. However, it was in the 1970’s that the term cellulite was coined – all thanks to a French dietitian.
Normally, the connective tissues underneath the skin are lined in a specific manner. When fat cells in between the tissues start to outgrow their allotted space, they tend to push tissues. This results to a damaged contour. As such, cellulite develops.
There are 3 main grades of cellulite.
- Grade 1 is characterized by changes which are not visible physically. However, microscopic investigations show otherwise.
- Grade 2 presents pallor (paleness), decrease of skin temperature and diminished elasticity on affected areas.
- Grade 3 is characterized by Grade 2 symptoms along with visible roughness.
Cellulite is managed in various ways. You can opt for something that you can find in a grocery store. Some individuals, on the other hand, prefer to have it handled by an expert.
Here are some of the treatment options you might want to indulge in.
- Creams and lotions. These products are usually composed of a compound called methylxanthine (the same compound you see in coffee and bronchodilating medications). This group of compounds is closely associated with an increase in fat breakdown. Though studies claim that fat losses using this technique is minimal, rest-assured that results are evident (in due time).
- Dietary supplements. These supplements make use of natural and organic compounds aimed to increase fat metabolism. Among the many ingredients of these supplements are grapeseed, gingko biloba and fish oil. Though efficiency of these products is quite individualized, there are no concrete studies and evidences strongly supporting the value of these types of products in the market.
- Laser therapy. This provides a temporary, fast and expensive resolution of cellulite. It is a FDA-approved technique and granted by many skin doctors worldwide.
Before you plunge in, remember your basics. Would getting rid of cellulite be fulfilling?