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I don't know anyone who likes Cellulite. Its a very confronting thing to wake up and realize your youthful, toned skin has been replaced with the dreaded Cellulite.

The Truth About Cellulite

Cellulite is one thing—fat. It just looks different because of how it's arranged. Everyone has strands of connective tissue that separate fat cells into compartments and connect fat tissue to skin. 

In women, these fibers form a honeycomb-like pattern, so any increase of fat in a given area tends to bulge. You don't see cellulite in men because their fibers run in a horizontal, criss-cross pattern that prevents bulging or dimpling.

So why does cellulite seem to appear out of nowhere and get worse as we get older? There are two reasons. First, it's because tissue changes. Those strands of connective tissue thicken with age, and our skin gets thinner, says Katie Rodan, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University. "The combined effect is more pronounced cellulite," she explains.

Second, and more important, the average woman loses 5 lb of muscle and replaces it with about 15 lb of fat every decade of her adult life, says Westcott. "Because fat is exceptionally soft, it doesn't keep our skin taut like muscle does. It also takes up more space, so it bulges out." To get rid of cellulite, you have to reduce the underlying fat stores and replace lost muscle tissue. 

QUICK TIP: Avoid crash dieting; it can make cellulite worse. When you lose weight quickly, you lose muscle tissue—the stuff that makes your legs and butt look toned and smooth.

Cellulite Treatment

Exercise

The best solutions to cellulite problems involve reducing subcutaneous fat through diet and exercise. Working out for at least 30 minutes five times a week firms up the skin by increasing muscle tone and keeping connective tissue fibers healthy. Exercise also increases blood circulation to these problem areas.

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Diet

Dieting has to be combined with regular exercise to be effective in controlling or reducing cellulite. The following dietary changes are recommended:

Drinking lots of water. Water cleanses the digestive system and flushes toxins out of the body.

Eating a low-fat, low-sugar, high-fiber diet with emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Refraining from smoking. Smoking causes poor blood circulation and contributes to premature aging of the skin.

Avoiding highly processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol.

Avoiding salty foods. Salty foods increase water retention and make cellulite appear worse.

Maintaining a normal, healthy body weight. Obesity increases fatty deposits and makes cellulite much worse.

Body Massage

Massage with or without anti-cellulite cream may have some limited benefits by improving blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. Regular massage also helps maintain smoother skin.

Herbal Supplements

There are many herbal products on the market for the treatment of cellulite. Products such as Cellasene do not offer any therapeutic benefits. Cellasene is a popular herbal mixture of fucus vesiculous, grape seed extract, sweet clover, ginkgo biloba, borage, lecithin, and fish oil. Its manufacturer claims that the herbal combination works by increasing the rate the body burns fat cells for energy. Many medical experts remain doubtful of its claim of effectiveness. A recent study shows that it may be just another fad product that has no therapeutic value.

There are several products, though, such as Centella asiatica (gotu kola) and Aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) that may help improve the appearance of cellulite. These herbs improve the underlying integrity of the skin by making the connective tissue fibers stronger and more elastic.

Innovative Approach - Galvanic Body Spa

GALVANIC BODY SPA

Used together, the body products work synergistically to provide new scientific breakthroughs for contouring, smoothing, and firming your body—all in a luxurious spa experience at home.

BODY SHAPING GEL

Body Shaping Gel is formulated to work exclusively with Galvanic Spa instruments to minimise and help smooth the appearance of fat and cellulite, improve the appearance of skin's

firmness, and help improve the overall appearance of the skin. It also helps increase cellular energy to refresh and purify the skin while reducing the visible signs of ageing.

DERMATIC EFFECTS

Scientifically formulated to bring anti-ageing benefits to the body. This daily moisturising and contouring lotion helps increase cellular turnover, necessary for renewing the skin and returning it to its natural radiant texture. It also contains ingredients that help inhibit fat production, stimulate fat breakdown, and prevent the appearance of fat and cellulite while smoothing the skin.

Galvanic Body Spa features a proprietary body conductive surface designed to deliver 10 times more to your skin when used with Body Shaping Gel. Pulsating currents are optimised to maximise anti-ageing effects on the arms, abdomen and thighs. It also helps stimulate, purify and refresh your skin to reduce the visible signs of ageing for a more contoured, smoother, firmer looking you.

In simplest terms, galvanic current is a low-level, continuous current that flows in one direction known as direct current (DC), just like the electricity from a battery. Galvanic Spa treatments employ this low-level, direct current to achieve a multiple skin benefits like stimulating cells, moving tissue fluid, softening up blackheads and driving ingredients deep into the epidermis.

What exactly occurs? Depending upon the polarity used (either negative or positive, through settings on the Spa unit), a water-soluble, ionized and either positively or negatively charged solution is pulled or repelled into the skin.

Desincrustation - Pre Treatment

Galvanic desincrustation is a process that softens and emulsifies sebum and keratin in the follicle. It is by far one the greatest tools in the skin pro’s toolbox and can be integrated while also using warm steam on the client. Performed prior to manual extractions, desincrustation prepares the skin for safe, painless and successful removal of comedones and micro-comedones. It is the deepest way to clean the skin and remove congestion.

Galvanic desincrustation has the following effects and benefits:

  • An alkaline, skin-softening reaction
  • Dilates follicles
  • Increases blood and lymph circulation
  • Increases sensitivity
  • Softens compacted sebum and keratin within the follicle
  • Attracts negative ions

Iontophoresis - Treatment

Using galvanic current on the positive polarity is referred to as iontophoresis. During a Galvanic Spa iontophoresis treatment, a positively-charged serum, gel or complex is first applied to the skin. The spa device is then applied in a specific way. The positively-charged current is then delivered via the active ingredients deep into the skin via positively-charged ions or molecules.

This simple electrorepulsion is ideal for treating aging skin and hyperpigmentation, as it carries active age-fighting and pigment-controlling ingredients deep into the stratum germinativum where they can impact cells.

Galvanic on the positive polarity also has a calming and vasoconstrictive effect on the skin, helping to reduce sensitivity and redness, so don’t deny your Rosacea and sensitive-skin clients the benefits of this valuable technology.

Galvanic on the positive polarity has the following skin effects:

  • Acid reaction to balance skin pH
  • Tightens and firms tissues
  • Constricts the follicles
  • Decreases blood flow and sensitivity
  • Reduces edema
  • Attracts positive ions

Iontophoresis can be implemented at various stages within a skin treatment; it is generally not offered as a standalone treatment. Typically performed for 4-7 minutes, the key element to remember is that galvanic iontophoresis assists in the penetration of any water-based products into the skin for any skin issue, even overly sun-exposed skin.