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Prévenir la cellulite.

How to prevent cellulite?

Also known as superficial lipodystrophy or "orange peel" skin, cellulite forms as a result of an internal change in the structure of the dermis. It is recognisable by the bumpy appearance it gives to the skin. As cellulite is often considered unsightly, several methods have been developed with the aim of eliminating it. However, it is very difficult to remove once established, which is why it is better to prevent its appearance.

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Published January 31, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 4 min read

Cellulite: What is it?

Cellulite is the result of an accumulation of fats or water in the subcutaneous tissues. The cells then swell, which causes the appearance of dimples on the skin's surface. The local irrigation vessels are then compressed, leading to difficulties in the circulation of waste and toxins.

It is typically found on the buttocks, hips, stomach, thighs, and arms. Its area of occurrence varies depending on the body shape of each individual. Almost exclusively affecting women, 9 out of 10 women compared to 1 in 50 men, several factors promote the appearance of cellulite: stress, heredity, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, smoking...

Cellulite can also be attributed to hormonal imbalance: oestrogens, which are female hormones, tend to accumulate in adipose tissues. In the event of overproduction, they stimulate adipogenesis, that is, the formation of adipocytes. This then leads to the development of adipose cellulite.

Venous insufficiency can also be responsible for the onset of cellulite. This occurs when blood pools in the lower limbs, following a loss of elasticity in the veins. The blood vessels dilate and become more porous. The water from the blood then migrates unusually towards the cells, causing the tissues to swell and leading to the appearance of aqueous cellulite.

Some tips to prevent cellulite.

Certain daily habits can help prevent the onset of cellulite:

  • The practice of regular physical activity : indeed, sport allows for the reduction of fat mass and the increase of muscle mass. This in turn boosts the basal metabolism and burns more calories at rest. To prevent water cellulite, favour aquatic sports, which are performed in cold water and improve blood circulation. Moreover, water has a massaging effect on the skin.

  • A balanced diet : cellulite is often caused by a diet that is too high in fat. To prevent it from settling in, opt for a healthy and varied diet. It is also recommended to stay hydrated throughout the day to facilitate drainage.

  • Massages : Massaging the areas where cellulite is most likely to develop can prevent its onset. The kneading and rolling technique, in particular, promotes the proper circulation of fats and water, and has a draining effect. During massages, also apply a toning treatment to smooth and firm the skin. For instance, you could use our firming body cream daily, which contains caffeine and guarana extract (INCI name: Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract). It helps to tone the skin and prevent the appearance of cellulite. Applying our toning body scrub once or twice a week complements its action.

  • Regularly changing posture : it is recommended to avoid remaining in a static position, whether sitting or standing, for extended periods of time, or crossing the legs when seated. Indeed, these actions can potentially slow down the microcirculation of blood and promote water retention and the appearance of aqueous cellulite.

  • Wearing loose clothing and low heels : Tight clothing can compress blood vessels and lead to poor blood and lymphatic circulation problems. Similarly, wearing high heels can cause poor venous return. Indeed, these alter our posture and force us to contract our calves more.

Sources

  • VERGNANINI A. & al. Cellulite: a review. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (2002).

  • HERMAN A. & al. Caffeine's mechanisms of action and its cosmetic use. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology (2013). 

  • KAMINER M. & al. Insights into the pathophysiology of cellulite: a review. Dermatologic Surgery (2020).

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