What is Cellulite?Humans have strands of connective tissue that separate fat cells into compartments and connect fat to skin. In women, these fibres form a honeycomb shape, so any increase in fat tends to bulge out like stuffing in a mattress. Cellulite is rare in men because their fibres run horizontally, forming a criss-cross pattern that prevents bulging or lumpiness. Though the equivalent in men is belly fat, which can have similar challenges.
Cellulite increases with ageBecause our tissues change as we age, cellulite usually gets worse with age. Blood circulation to the skin decreases, which means less oxygen and nutrition to the skin, and with that we see a decrease in collagen production resulting in thinning skin. The strands of connective tissue thicken with age, and together with thinner skin, make cellulite more noticeable. In addition, we gain fat with age. The average woman loses 2kg of muscle and replaces it with about 7kg of fat with every decade of her adult life. Fat is very soft, and doesn’t keep the skin taut like muscle does. Fat also takes up more space, so it protrudes out through the skin.
Cellulite TreatmentSo what can we do about cellulite other than the usual healthy diet and exercise recommendations? The answer lies in getting your skin into top condition by improving the blood circulation and venous and lymphatic drainage of the skin.
Key Plant Extracts
- Silver Birch (Betula alba) The birch tree has a great need for water (up to 70 litres per day), however it does not store water, but continues to circulate water through its system, by drawing the water up from the roots and then evaporating through its leaves. For this reason it has been traditionally used by Northern Europeans to stimulate the circulatory, lymphatic and detoxification systems in the body. The flavonoids and tannins contained in the leaves are thought to strengthen the walls of the circulatory and lymphatic vessels
- Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus Aculeatus) Butcher’s Broom has a long history of use, more than 2000 years ago it was noted to be beneficial to the circulatory system. The 2 primary active saponin compounds are ruscogenin and neoruscogenin
- Rosemary Oil Rosemary oil is a potent anti-oxidant and have been shown to promote blood flow to the skin.