Saturday, April 19, 2008

Cellulite Treatments: Eight Methods of Cellulite Prevention (Part One)

Before the Cellulite Treatment...Let's Talk Prevention

Although my previous two posts have focused on a particular cellulite treatment (i.e., Endermologie® and Ionithermie), the disadvantage of these procedures (and others) is the fact that it's always a method to remedy something that has already occurred. In other words, you have seen cellulite appear on your body somewhere, and now that it's here, you have to do something to hopefully reduce its appearance. This may lead you to turn to different cellulite creams and lotions or anti-cellulite treatments and procedures to basically put a "band-aid" on the situation. While you may achieve a limited measure of results by taking this route, its fundamental flaw is that every method of cellulite reduction you try will still only be an after-the-fact action, instead of taking a more proactive approach to prevent cellulite before it happens. I'm a firm believer in the old adage: "An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure." This certainly applies in the case of taking preventative measures to reduce cellulite.

With this in mind, I am offering eight methods to implement that can prevent cellulite. If nothing else, these methods should make you aware of the different factors that come into play in the development of cellulite, hopefully allowing you to "head it off at the pass", and do as much "damage control" as possible. The fight against cellulite is a rough battle, but here is some ammunition to help you in your journey.

Eight Methods of Cellulite Prevention (Part One)

Please note that this post will only cover four of the eight methods; we will cover the other four in our next post.

Method # 1: Keep Your Cells Hydrated

It's no big mystery that one of the biggest factors in maintaining healthy skin is by maintaining adequate hydration. The importance of this cannot be understated. When the cells of your body do not have an acceptable level of hydration, they become weak and unable to compete with the bullying fat cells that are attempting to "muscle their way" to the skin's surface. And when this happens, you know the outcome...cellulite rears its ugly head.

Proper hydration is vital to the overall health of your skin. Even in the case of Endermologie®, most endermologists agree that one of the most effective aspects of the overall treatment regimen is the fact that the patients are encouraged to drink large amounts of water both before and after the procedure. When your skin is hydrated, its appearance is smooth and silky, while dehydrated skin has an inconsistent look. An obvious side benefit of proper hydration as well is the fact that your body will be a lot less susceptible to sickness due to the cleansing benefit of water in flushing out unwanted toxins from the body.

Method # 2: Be Aware of Free Radical Damage

If there's one thing that can wreck your skin, it is free radical damage. This occurs constantly from such things as second-hand smoke (and obviously smoking), excessive exposure to the sun, and inadequate diet. Skin that has been damaged from free radicals is at a much greater risk for developing cellulite than skin that has not been damaged. The tissue damage that comes from free radicals plays a key factor in the reduced resiliency of the skin, making it easy for cellulite to "bully" its way into prominence.

Method # 3: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

In a nutshell, exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells, either by some type of slightly abrasive material being applied to the surface of the skin (think loofah brushes, pumice stones or soaps with that "gritty" stuff in them), or by more extensive methods such as gentle chemical solutions that dissolve the dead skin cells. Either method can be used to achieve the same results. Scientists have proven that the body regenerates all of its cells approximately every seven years, and exfoliation is a method that aids in that process as well. It should be noted that the rate of cell regeneration slows considerably the older we get, so exfoliation is a good way to make room for vibrant new cells.

So how does all this tie in to getting rid of cellulite? Every time you exfoliate, you send a signal to your body to create new skin cells; these new cells are much more capable of standing up against the stubborn fat cells that insist on making themselves so evident on the skin's surface.

Method # 4: Keep Your Cells Strong

Cell membranes are the "walls" of the cell that keep healthy nutrients in and pollutants out. If the membranes are damaged, it is no different than a military fortress with the walls broken down; they will be susceptible to attack. How does that attack show up? Think "cottage cheese thighs". The best way to ensure the health and strength of your cells' membranes is to feed them with the nutrients they need to get the job done; this includes antioxidants such as Vitamins A, E, and C, as well as other more potent antioxidants such as grape seed extract. This is definitely a more "internal operation" as far as preventing cellulite is concerned, but an overall balanced approach to cellulite reduction is the best way to go.

Well, that's all for right now; I will continue with the remaining four cellulite prevention methods in my upcoming post.

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