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Cellulite: let's get serious

The better weather is coming, and more skin is on display.

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A light lymphatic drainage massage each time cream is applied will relieve fluid retention and stimulate circulation, helping combat cellulite
 

15 JUNE 2010

A sedentary lifestyle, high boots, constricting clothes including tights and stockings, heavy eating... winter habits – and particularly in a season as bad as this last one was – are all too often the kind of habits that encourage cellulite. Summer will be upon us before we realise it, so it's time to take action now: here are eight basic rules to try to combat that orange-peel effect. 



  • Start off the day with a glass of water and a kiwi fruit half an hour before breakfast. It will help cleanse the body of toxins and facilitate digestion.
  • Cosmetic treatments don't actually provide a miracle solution but, if used consistently, they can be a good ally in the fight against orange-peel skin. Other than constancy, the number one rule for anti-cellulite creams is to follow the instructions carefully: every product is different, and correct application will enhance effectiveness.
  • A light lymphatic drainage massage each time you apply the cream relieves fluid retention and stimulates circulation, which helps mobilise and break up fat nodules.
  • Consider combining two types of cream: one for general application, and a more concentrated one for stubborn areas.
  • Slathering yourself with creams etc won't do any good if you fail to follow basic lifestyle rules such as keeping to a healthy diet and taking exercise.
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End each shower with a blast of cold water on the legs, starting at the ankles and moving up towards the waist. This will reactivate and stimulate circulation.
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Take advantage of the better weather to walk whenever you can. Walks lasting over half an hour and at a good pace are the best. 

  • Keep regular mealtimes: eat at the same time, and avoid snacks between meals.  Erratic eating habits disrupt the body's natural rhythms and cause insulin secretion which in turn promotes fat storage.

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