More than 90 per cent of all women are reported to have cellulite. The good news is that by living a balanced lifestyle and following a comprehensive skin care program, the appearance of cellulite can be significantly improved.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a non-medical term used to describe the fat deposits under the skin that are characterised by a dimpled or orange-peel effect. The skin is connected by strands of fibrous tissue to deeper tissue layers and compartments that contain fat cells. When fat cells increase in size, these compartments bulge and create the dimpled appearance on the skin, especially around the hips, buttocks and thighs. It is thought that genetics, hormones, lack of exercise, an unbalanced diet, pregnancy and ageing, can all contribute to the cellulite problem.
Does the right diet help?
Eating the right food can help your skin to become firmer. Really this comes down to making sure you consume a well-balanced diet, with a focus on fresh fruit and vegetables from organic or biodynamic sources and unprocessed foods. Your body’s acid-alkaline balance is also important as it plays a key role in the functioning of your connective tissue. Remember to eat foods rich in capillary strengthening antioxidants such as berries, cherries and grapes. If your capillaries are strong your blood can flow freely to the fat cells and reduce cellulite forming.
Does exercise help?
Physical exercise combats cellulite by stimulating blood circulation and fat burning. When it comes to exercise, aim for regular and sustainable physical activities. Never miss an opportunity to walk rather than take the car or elevator. Well-trained muscles in your legs and bottom make your skin tissues firmer.
Your three-step plan to smoother thighs
1. Gently exfoliate
Be cautious of harsh exfoliants which can disturb the skins regeneration rhythm and damage its protective barrier and immune functions. Gentle, natural treatment is what is needed.
Birch Pearl Body Scrub stimulates circulation and eliminates toxins via the skin, gently massaging away only dead skin cells. When used regularly it may help to reduce the signs of cellulite, leaving your skin feeling silky, cleansed and ready to receive oils and lotions. Birch Body Scrub contains organic birch and beeswax, carnauba wax and castor-oil plant wax which create soft wax pearls; these not only detoxify the skin but replenish and support the skins regenerative process.
2. Revitalising massage
Next massaging troublesome areas with Birch Cellulite Oil can help to smooth skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Birch is well known for its purifying and detoxifying effects, the plant encourages metabolic activity and the excretion of fluids. In fact, results from an independent trial conducted by a team of German dermatologists showed that Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil can effectively improve the skins texture, elasticity and smoothness after just 28 days.
(Source: Results from 20 women, as compared to the initial skin condition, DC Derma Consult GmbH 10/2003)
Birch Cellulite Oil also contains organic rosemary leaves, to stimulate circulation and metabolism; organic ruscus (butchers broom) traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory and diuretic effects; apricot kernel oil, as a rich source of fatty acids; wheatgerm oil for its soothing vitamin E; and jojoba oil to nourish and keep skin smooth and supple.
3. Internal support
While diet and exercise can diminish cellulite, a large part of the condition is due to toxins and fat that accrue within the body, so improving your lymphatic system will also help. The lymphatic system is a specialised network of connective tissues that control your body’s waste removal system and fat metabolism. You can help stimulate your lymphatic system by drinking lots of water to flush out toxins, aim for at least eight glasses of pure water daily.
Adding organic silver birch juice, a lymphatic cleanser, to your water will cleanse your system and leave your skin looking clear and healthy. Organic Birch Juice has the authentic taste of birch and a touch of biodynamically grown lemon juice. Shake the bottle before use and either add a tablespoon of juice to a glass of water (do these two or three times a day for three to six weeks to cleanse the system) or add to your bottle of water to drink throughout the day, you can even stir a tablespoonful into yoghurt.
HARNESS THE POWER OF BIRCH AND IMPROVE THE SKIN’S TONE AND APPEARANCE
The birch tree was one of the first trees to re-establish itself after the last Ice Age. It has a great need for water, but it does not store water, instead it continuously circulates water through its system by drawing water up from the roots and then evaporating it from its leaves. This flushing out effect is the same principle by which it works in the body, whereby the circulatory, lymphatic and detoxification systems are stimulated.
Every year 500 tonnes of tender, young birch leaves are collected by hand. The birch extract is obtained by using a traditional pharmaceutical process known as decoction to release the active substances. The flavonoids that are extracted encourage the flushing of toxins to restore skin radiance.