10 ways beat to c el­lulite

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You may think cel­lulite is a purely Ir­ish af­flic­tion, caused by in­clement weather and in­ac­tiv­ity – but 70 per cent of women world­wide have it, in­clud­ing Kate Moss and Tyra Banks. Nikki Walsh dis­cov­ers the top ways to shift it...



What do Penélope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Am­ber Valetta all have in com­mon? They use Lipo­mas­sage by Eder­molo­gie — the only cel­lulite treat­ment ap­proved by the US Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Ther­a­pists use a com­pu­t­er­driven mas­sag­ing head on the skin to break down fatty tis­sue. It’s more re­lax­ing than it sounds: the treat­ment was de­vised as a ther­a­peu­tic mas­sage.

Clients wear spe­cial body suits, and ses­sions last from any­thing from 35 to 55 min­utes. It can take six to eight ses­sions to see re­sults, up to 16 to get rid of it com­pletely. It is best per­formed twice weekly, in con­junc­tion with a healthy eat­ing and reg­u­lar ex­er­cise plan. Check it out at Nuala Woulfe’s Seren­ity Day Spa in Sandy­cove, Dublin, from € 80; visit nu­ala­woulfe. ie/ in­dex.php/ the­body-col­lec­tion/ body-lift­ing-and-ton­ing-op­tions.


Get mov­ing!

Reg­u­lar car­dio­vas­cu­lar ex­er­cise will help im­prove your cir­cu­la­tion, re­move ex­cess fluid and tone mus­cles, so you will look trim­mer, and your skin will look smoother, re­gard­less of cel­lulite. ‘Cel­lulite is one of the hard­est things to get rid of,’ ad­mits per­sonal trainer Milena Byrne, ‘but it is pos­si­ble.’

Milena likes to put her clients on the Per­former Pi­lates Ma­chine, a de­vice that al­lows peo­ple to work very pre­cisely to de­velop good align­ment, core strength and flex­i­bil­ity. ‘It’s a more dy­namic sys­tem than mat work,’ says Milena. ‘It works the whole body, cre­at­ing re­sis­tance, which is good for the mus­cles. The pump­ing ac­tion elim­i­nates tox­ins, and the deep breath­ing we teach peo­ple brings oxy­genated blood into the body, which im­proves skin tone, and makes the whole body more al­ka­line. This re­ally helps to aid the body’s detox­i­fi­ca­tion process.’ Just two ses­sions per week will im­prove mus­cle tone and help break­down cel­lulite de­posits. Check it out at Plat­inum Pi­lates at plat­inumpi­lates.ie.


Brush up!

Skin brush­ing might seem old hat, but ac­cord­ing to new re­search it’s one of the best – and cheap­est – ways to re­duce cel­lulite. Stim­u­lat­ing cir­cu­la­tion and boost­ing lym­phatic drainage, it in­creases cell re­newal and blood flow, aid­ing di­ges­tion, im­prov­ing kid­ney func­tion and clear­ing the com­plex­ion. And as it sloughs away dead skin, it’s per­fect for keep­ing dry Ir­ish skins smooth. For best re­sults brush at least once a day, on dry skin us­ing a nat­u­ral brush. Make long sweeps to­wards your heart; do not move back and forth or in cir­cu­lar mo­tions. On your stom­ach di­rect the brush an­ti­clock­wise. Don’t brush too hard: skin shouldn’t be ir­ri­tated or red.


Roll with it

There are more fun ways to get rid of that un­sightly or­ange peel. In his book, Bums, Tums & Bingo Wings ( Ha­chette Books Ire­land) top Dublin fit­ness trainer Karl Henry rec­om­mends a good old-fash­ioned deep- tis­sue mas­sage to break down stub­born cel­lulite.

‘The best way to get this done is by a good, strong and firm masseuse,’ writes Karl, ‘but you can get your part­ner to work on your legs us­ing a rolling pin, lit­er­ally rolling the af­fected skin, which helps to get this fat mov­ing. Use some oils on the skin first to take away the pain. Com­bine this with plenty of wa­ter in your diet, add a lit­tle lemon, and you will help to flush the re­leased fat out of your sys­tem.’

Con­sid­er­ing that cel­lulite is much more likely to af­fect women then men, it’s the very least your other half can do for his lady…


Think al­gae

The cel­lulite-bust­ing in­gre­di­ent of choice for celebri­ties? Al­gae. Cer­tain kinds have cel­lulite-fight­ing properties in­clud­ing vi­ta­mins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and an­tiox­i­dants. Re­searchers love Guam’s Anti- Cel­lulite Mud, (guam­beau­ty­mud.com) al­though you will have to wrap your­self in cling­film for 45 min­utes to get re­sults. Bet­ter still, opt for a spa treat­ment with an al­gae-based cream. At Agha­doe Heights Spa in

Killarney, the Bio­droga Anti- Cel­lulite Peel Off Pack con­tains a rich brown marine al­gae that ac­ti­vates mi­cro­cir­cu­la­tion and stim­u­lates the me­tab­o­lism, re­sult­ing in silky smooth skin. Check out agha­doe­heights.com.



Ire­land’s fit­ness ex­perts agree — we Ir­ish don’t drink enough wa­ter. Two litres a day flushes out your sys­tem, aid­ing your di­ges­tion, elim­i­nat­ing bloat, in­creas­ing your en­ergy lev­els, im­prov­ing your con­cen­tra­tion and keep­ing your skin clear, smooth and sup­ple. Start the day with a cup of hot wa­ter and lemon — a great detox­i­fier — and keep a bot­tle of wa­ter at your desk. Drink di­luted fruit juices and add ice to al­co­holic drinks. Be­ware caf­feine-loaded drinks, which can make you more de­hyrated. Try green tea — Chi­nese women rarely suf­fer from wa­ter re­ten­tion, be­cause their national tip­ple con­tains an in­gre­di­ent called theo­bromine, which stim­u­lates the re­lease of stored fats.


Slather up

Do cel­lulite creams re­ally work? Talk to the ex­perts, and they will tell you that while they might re­duce the ap­pear­ance of cel­lulite, they won’t get rid of it com­pletely. But get a cream with the right in­gre­di­ents and use it in con­junc­tion with a healthy- eat­ing regime and reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, and it is pos­si­ble to get re­sults. The key in­gre­di­ents to look for are retinol — which in­creases col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, mak­ing skin thicker and hid­ing the dim­pling fat — and caf­feine, which, once ab­sorbed into the skin, speeds up the rate at which the body pro­cesses fat and drains fluid from fatty tis­sue. Try an anti-cel­lulite cream such as Mama Mio’s Shrink to Fit Cel­lulite Cream (€42, beau­ty­bou­tique.ie). How you ap­ply your cream will make a dif­fer­ence, too: ap­ply it at night, when your in­ter­nal drainage sys­tem works at a faster rate, prep­ping the skin with a brush or scrub. Work the cream in quickly us­ing brisk, firm move­ments. Ap­ply all over the af­fected area, start­ing at the an­kle and mov­ing up to your thighs.


Try the lunge

If you’re pressed for time, you need one es­sen­tial move: the lunge. A favourite with Reese Wither­spoon and An­gelina Jolie, it builds lean mus­cle in your bum and thighs, the most cel­lulite-prone zones. To per­form the lunge, stand up com­fort­ably. Step ahead with one foot and lean for­ward till your knee reaches a 90-de­gree an­gle and your rear knee is par­al­lel to the ground. Re­turn to the start­ing po­si­tion. Keep your back in a neu­tral po­si­tion but don’t flat­ten the curve of your lower back or arch it in the other di­rec­tion. Make sure your knee does not go be­yond your toes and that it stays cen­tred over your foot. Don’t let the knee roll in­ward or out­ward. Smooth con­trolled move­ments are best.


Cover up

If all else fails, slap on your fake tan, which will not only mask un­sightly cel­lulite but give you a sleeker sil­hou­ette. For a slim­ming ef­fect, try ap­ply­ing a shim­mer over the front and back of your thighs, along your shins, and down to your feet.


Watch what you eat

There isn’t an ex­er­cise sys­tem in the world that will get rid of cel­lulite if you aren’t fol­low­ing a de­cent diet. And while we Ir­ish aren’t more prone to cel­lulite than any other race, we are more likely to stock up on junk foods than our Euro­pean coun­ter­parts. ‘We tend to be carb-fo­cused,’ says Milena Byrne, ‘and we eat a lot of sugar and pro­cessed foods that al­low us to hold onto fat.’ So what should we eat­ing? A diet high in lean pro­tein, olive oil, whole­grains and fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles. Packed with al­bu­min, pro­tein ab­sorbs ex­cess fluid, leav­ing you with smoother skin. Ex­cess salt, on the other hand, will make you look puffy. Fresh fruit and veg con­tain high doses of vi­ta­min C, which fights col­la­gen break­down for tighter tis­sue. The es­sen­tial fatty acids in fish and olive oil, mean­while, stop cells clump­ing to­gether, which can com­pound cel­lulite.

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