Treat Your Skin With Care – It Will Take Care Of You
Cellulite is fat that is caught between bands of connective tissue. By taking a Lifestyle approach (diet, exercise, anti-cellulite treatments, the mind-body connection (your secret weapon)) you can reduce it significantly and keep it off.
Proper skincare comes under the anti-cellulite treatments category of the Lifestyle Approach. By treating your skin properly, you can make your cellulite prone areas look better. The two things you need to address in terms of skincare and cellulite are the elasticity of the skin and the circulation to the skin.
An interesting analogy is the one of the balloon. Think of your skin like the “skin” of a balloon. Think of your muscles (and their structure) that are in the cellulite prone areas as the air in a balloon while you read the following ways to take care of your skin.
Exercise is an important part of skincare. Aerobic exercise will help to bring circulation to your cellulite prone areas. It will also help you to burn fat. Circulation is a very important element in minimizing cellulite. Some handheld devices also will help with circulation. There are creams and lotions that are invigorating and bring more blood flow to the parts of your body that have cellulite.
By increasing circulation through exercise, creams and lotions and handheld devices, you help to support and nourish your muscles (or air in the balloon). Toned muscles improve the appearance of your body, your skin and the areas where you have cellulite.
If you want to have smooth skin, like the “skin” of a full balloon, then you need to improve the elasticity of your skin. There are creams that do this and help to hydrate your skin. Creams are usually richer then lotions or gels.
Exercise is also very important, but in the area of elasticity, you need to do anaerobic conditioning exercises that “tone” your muscles. If you have good muscle tone, then the muscles (air) will press up into your skin and make it smooth. Pick some exercises that target your hips, buttocks and thighs and do them at least twice per week.
Another important part of skincare in terms of elasticity is hydration. You must keep your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water so that it will stay firm. Also, if you stay hydrated, you are less likely to retain water.
Be sure to wear sunscreen in order to maintain the elasticity of your skin. The sun breaks down your collagen causing your skin to sag. A full spectrum sunscreen (one that blocks UVA and UVB rays) is an important part of any skincare routine, including cellulite.
Minimize cellulite by keeping your skin smooth like a balloon.
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