If you’ve been noticing dimpling on your behind, you’re not alone. Up to 90 percent of women experience cellulite at some point in their lives.

What is it, really? Cellulite is the fat cells we find just under the top layer of skin. These fat cells squeeze between bands of collagen, attaching muscles to the skin.

Dermatologists suggest that poor circulation – which is mostly genetic – can make those lumps and bumps look worse. That’s because when your blood flow slows down, the collagen separates, and that means the fat comes up to the surface of the skin. That’s when you get the orange-peel effect.

It’s certainly a confidence bummer.

The good news is that there are several specific exercises that target those lumps. So, if you’re ready to kick cellulite to the curb, here are the moves you need to start doing today.

The high back kick

If you’re tired of covering up your thighs and buttocks with baggy trousers just to try and hide the appearance of cellulite, this is the strength and toning exercise for you. It’s really good for boosting circulation to the lower part of the body, and it’s great for relaxing your lower back.

Here’s what to do:

  • Position yourself all fours, supporting yourself with your knees and forearms
  • Keep your elbows right below your shoulders and your back straight
  • Lift one leg towards the ceiling, slightly bending the knee
  • Lower the leg and repeat 15 times with each leg

High knees

This is another great move for improving blood flow, and it’s low-impact, too.

Stand with your chest tall and feet slightly apart. Alternating legs, bring your knees up to chest height, flexing the working glute at the top of this movement. Try to bring your leg up as high as you can and hold for a second before alternating legs.

Aim to do 3 sets for a total of 2 minutes each.

Lateral goblet lunge

Stand tall with your feet together, pointing forward, and grip a dumbbell by one end, vertically. Keep your hands at chest height with your elbows bent by your sides.

Keep your left leg straight and step the right leg as far to the right as possible, bending the knee and lowering your hips as deeply as you safely can. Push off your right foot to return to the starting position. Do 20 on the right leg and then 20 on the left to tone your glutes and thighs and bust that cellulite. Aim to do 2 sets on each side.

Classic lunges

Start by standing tall with your feet hip-distance apart. Take a big step forward or backward, lowering your body, bending both knees as you do. Aim to keep the knees at 90 degrees when bent and your front knee aligned over your front ankle.

Step your feet back together and repeat. You can do all the sets of one leg and then the other, or alternate legs for a walking lunge. Aim for 3 sets of 15 on each side with these classic lunges.

The bridge

This is an effective exercise for your glutes and abductors. It works well to firm up the muscles and reduce cellulite in your thighs and buttocks.

Do this:

  • Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor, a little less than hip-distance apart, and knees bent. Keep your hands flat next to you.
  • Tighten your buttocks as much as you can, keep your abs engaged and tight, and lift your pelvis upwards.
  • Hold the position for around 3 or 4 seconds and lower back to the floor.
  • Aim for 3 sets of 15 with the bridge.

Goblet plie squat

Stand with your feet wider than hip-distance apart and your toes turned out, like a sumo wrestler. Hold a heavy dumbbell vertically by one end using both hands. Keep your hands at chest height with your elbows bent by your sides.

Squat down, pushing your knees out to the sides and then return to the starting position. Aim for 2 sets of 20 to really target the thighs and buttocks and tighten up those muscles.

Start busting cellulite today

Exercise is just one way to increase blood flow to your cellulite spots.

At ENVY Skin Clinic, we offer Venus Cellulite Reduction treatments for really target trouble areas.

Book your ENVY treatment today.

 

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Cellulite beyond exercise

December 9, 2018

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If exercise isn’t enough, try other cellulite-busting solutions

 

The skin is made up of multi-layered tissue with connective cords that act similar to a net to keep your muscles, fat, and skin tethered together. When that fat pushes against the connective tissue, you get cellulite.

Cellulite is very common, most often found on the arms, lower stomach, breasts, and thighs. While many people associate cellulite with being overweight, even thin people and those who work out all the time can suffer from dimpling due to cellulite.

Is Exercise Really a Cure for Cellulite?

Believe it or not, not all types of exercise can help with cellulite. In fact, if you work out and still have cellulite, you may need to look at the types of exercises you are doing.

The American Council on Exercise says that people with cellulite ought to perform cardio activities most days of the week coupled with two to three days of resistance-training workouts. So, if you currently only do cardio, you might want to add strength training to your cellulite-busting regime.

The muscles lie underneath the skin. When you replace fat with muscle, you help your body to look more toned and reduce cellulite. Squats, lunges, bicep curls, and abdominal crunches are the types of spot-reduction exercises you can try.

But what if exercise isn’t working for you in your effort to deal with cellulite?

There are other options.

Smoothing the Bumps

Fortunately, there are ways to deal with those the unwanted appearance of dimpling skin, both naturally and with medical treatments.

There are a number of actions you can start doing right now to minimize or eliminate cellulite, such as:

  • Warm water and lemon – drink a glass of warm water with lemon as soon as you wake up to balance your body’s pH, hydrate the lymphatic system, and detoxify. On that note, proper hydration is important to keeping tissues and the lymphatic system clean, so make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.
  • Quit smoking – every puff you take affects the blood supply to the skin, making it thinner and more likely to sag. This makes cellulite more visible, especially in the arms, buttocks, and thighs.
  • Dry brush – dry body brushing improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, reducing cellulite.
  • Get a massage – treat yourself to a vacuum cup and give yourself a massage. This method can be a little sore at first, but it can help to reduce cellulite.
  • Cut the salt – sodium leads to you retaining excess water and making your skin look even more dimply and lumpy.

 

Venus Concept to Treat Cellulite

At ENVY Skin Clinic, we offer a non-invasive and long-lasting solution in the form of Venus Concept. The treatment is designed to reshape your body and is successful as an alternative, non-surgical solution to liposuction. Not only can it help bust cellulite in problem areas, but it can also help get rid of muffin tops!

The treatment is designed in such a way that it uses several different clinically proven solutions, such as deep tissue heating, suction, and radiofrequency energy to distribute heat to the underlying fat below the skin. The energy pulses and vacuum then work together to contour your curves. Most people require up to 8 sessions, spread out over the course of 8 weeks, but you’ll notice slight improvements within your first few treatments!

Book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic today to discuss the best treatment for you.

 

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With the right diet and products, you can fight free radicals to keep your skin young and firm

 

 

You might not be able to see it, but your skin is under constant attack by free radicals.

Left alone, those free radicals bounce around, causing damage to collagen and encouraging hyperpigmentation. Stop them, though, and you can help your skin stay smooth and even.

What exactly are free radicals?

Free radicals are minute reactive oxygen molecules that cause damage to the skin. In fact, they damage your skin cells, collagen production, and even your DNA.

We produce some free radicals internally as cells turnover, but the rest comes from external influences like pollution and UV rays.

Over time, the effects of free radicals show up in your skin as sagging, roughness, and wrinkles.

Can you fight free radicals?

The good news is that you can fight back against free radicals.

Antioxidants, especially, are vital in your fight against surface skin damage. Antioxidants help neutralize the molecules and in turn prevent them from causing signs of aging.

Your body produces a small number of antioxidants, but you need to try and consume or apply more on a regular basis.

Here are our top tips for fighting back.

  1. Eat an antioxidant rich diet

Antioxidants work to clean up free radicals naturally. You can include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet every day, including:

  • Green tea
  • Grapes and berries
  • Fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotenoids like carrots and squash
  • Dark, leafy green vegetables
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as brussels sprouts and broccoli
  • Fermented foods like kombucha and miso

 

  1. Apply your antioxidants

Many skin care products now contain a healthy dose of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. Using these products daily can help your skin fight back against free radicals.

Neocutis’ Oxidative Stress is an antioxidant-rich serum, packed with vitamin C to promote regeneration of antioxidants while helping to neutralize free radicals.

  1. Start and end each day with antioxidants

Dermatologists used to recommend only using antioxidants in the morning since you don’t expose your skin as much at night. However, research shows that inflammation from daytime UV damage can continue up to several hours after exposure, which means you need antioxidants in the evening, too.

At night, make use of products that contain coenzyme Q10 and resveratrol. Resveratrol switches on the mechanism your body uses to produce its own antioxidants, preparing your skin for the next day’s fight.

  1. Vitamin C is your friend

Vitamin C is well-known for immunity boosting benefits, but it can also protect your skin from free radicals and UV rays. You’ll easily get your vitamin C boost from a number of foods, but a number of studies show minimal impact to your skin from consuming more vitamin C. So, the best way to protect your skin is through vitamin C-enriched lotions and creams.

The Obagi-C Rx System contains key ingredients like vitamin C and hydroquinone to help reduce hyperpigmentation and keep your skin looking young, smooth and firm.

  1. Avoid toxins and pollutants

Besides improving your diet and skincare regime, you can also reduce free radical damage by avoiding environmental pollutants in water and reducing chemical exposure in both cosmetic and household products.

You can also:

  • Take steps to reduce stress
  • Avoid overusing antibiotics and medications
  • Get regular exercise
  • Try to normalize your cholesterols and blood sugar levels to prevent blood pressure changes, heart problems, and diabetes.

You can fight back

Your body produces free radicals as byproducts of everyday cellular reactions, like breathing, as well as exposure to pollutants, radiation, stress, a poor diet, and other toxins.

Luckily, antioxidants can help slow down the adverse effects of free radicals and protect you from disease and signs of early aging. Antioxidant sources like leafy greens and vitamin-enriched skincare products are the way to go.

Make sure you’re getting the right antioxidants in the right form to successfully fight free radical damage!

Need help fighting off free radicals? Book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic today for expert advice and the right treatments especially for your skin.

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Drink Up!

February 8, 2013

How important is water to your body, inside and out?

Take a close look…

Human Body

Water for Skin

November 19, 2012

Not only is water a good weight loss tool because it is a natural way for your body to cleanse itself. Water also leads to younger looking skin. The older you get, the less moisture your skin retains which is why it wrinkles. The more water you drink, the more firm your skin will be.

Water, Water, Water. It has been recommended that we need eight ounces of water eight times a day, but scientists have casted doubt on that according to a study published in American Journal of Physiology by Valtin, you should only need to drink when you’re thirsty. The rest of the water your body needs should come from foods. Lettuce, for example, is 95% water. Broccoli is 91% water and yogurt is 85% water.

“Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”
– Szent

I think most of us would prefer a faster metabolism?  When we exercise, our bodies require more energy and our metabolism increases in order to supply it.  Remember a slower metabolism means more of those calories you take in are going to be sitting around waiting to become extra pounds. *Various studies have shown that certain “foods” can assist in a metabolism boost.

Some foods that have shown to be a boost for the metabolism:

Coffee – A quick boost, consider adding a little extra caffeine to your diet. A cup will give it a quick kick into high gear that can be helpful during the day.

Green Tea -Most will say this is a healthier alternative to coffee. Chemicals known as catechins found in green tea are believed to stimulate your metabolism.

Citrus Fruits – Researchers say that foods rich in Vitamin C, such as oranges, tangerines and grapefruit contain natural metabolism boosting properties that also make your immune system stronger.

Hot Peppers– Capsaicin is the ingredient in peppers that gives them their heat. Research shows that this compound actually stimulates your body’s production of adrenaline which kicks your metabolism into high gear temporarily. Throwing some jalapenos at your sandwich or some hot peppers in your scrambled eggs could help you burn more calories.

Dark Green Vegetables – High in fiber with high levels of vitamins and nutrients our bodies need to be healthy. Spinach, mustard greens and collard greens are good examples

Spices – Cumin, Ginger and cinnamon are all good examples. Adding a decent amount of these spices into your meals can give them more flavor and can help increase your metabolism.

Lean Protein – Protein is harder for the body to digest than carbohydrates, and because it requires more energy the result is more calories. By including lean protein in your meal, you’ll be giving your metabolism a boost when you eat. Try to  include chicken or turkey breasts and fish.

Whole Grains –  Fiber isn’t as easy for the body to digest. It takes more energy resulting in fewer calories available to be converted into fat cells.

So I guess the idea is to stay active and make wise food choices! ? Oh yes of course…

Water– Drink your water! It helps the body flush out excess sodium and toxins. A German study showed that drinking water helped boost the metabolism by 30 percent. Drinking enough water to stay well hydrated also helps to keep you from mistaking thirst for hunger, and can prevent unnecessary calorie consumption and binging.

What do you think, any additions?

**Always check with your doctor for advice

*Sources: Water, Science Daily, Medical News Today, Bio-Medicine, Scripps Clinic, Diagnose me