How to fight cellulite after age 50

How to fight cellulite after the age of 50 is a dilemma that each of us has promised to solve.

Cellulite, which creates unsightly orange-peel skin, not only occurs at a mature age, but accompanies the lives of many young, thin or overweight women.

Let’s try to understand what cellulite is.

Cellulite is an alteration of the subcutaneous tissue, rich in fat. The stagnation of liquids causes the fat cells that push under the skin to swell, causing the connective tissue to enter into tension, thus creating the characteristic pitted appearance of the skin.

Over the years the skin becomes thinner and less elastic, making cellulite more evident.

The causes of cellulite are many:

  • genetics
  • inactivity
  • wrong supply
  • weight gain
  • hormonal variations
  • pregnancy 

How to fight cellulite after age 50, nutrition and physical activity

Fighting cellulite after age 50 is not an easy thing.

Aesthetic medicine involves different types of treatment, but none of these has a long duration.

We can improve the orange peel appearance, but not eliminate it.

Reducing the spongy appearance of cellulite and seeing smoother skin may already be a good result, given that cellulite is an aesthetic condition, not a disease.

If we choose the least invasive treatment, creams, diet and physical activity are essential to succeed.

There are many products against cellulite that promise important visible results in a short time.

The creams in question all contain caffeine which increases superficial blood flow, working as a diuretic. By reducing the liquid contained in the fat cells, these push less against the skin, thus improving the appearance of the skin tissue.

Some products also contain retinol which thickens the skin, favoring its smooth appearance, although it may have side effects such as dryness of the skin and sensitization to sunlight.

The application of anti-cellulite creams should be done twice a day for at least six months to see some results.

Nutrition has a fundamental weight, overweight is in fact a predisposing factor. Since cellulite affects fat cells, reducing caloric intake helps fight cellulite.

It is easy for us women over 50 to gain weight, hormonal changes of age slow down our metabolism, which is why we need to consume fewer calories to fight cellulite.

The guidelines to follow are: eat plenty of vegetables and fruit, lean meat, fish and chicken and reduce carbohydrate intake. Limit seasonings and alcohol.

Some argue that reducing the intake of carbohydrates allows our body to burn fat and not sugar during physical activity.

Physical activity should be added to the diet to increase results. Aerobic work: brisk walking, running, bicycle to do at least three times a week and intense muscle strengthening (especially legs and buttocks) are an excellent aid to diet and creams.

Unfortunately, the treatment is very long, as I have already said, it requires constant application for about six months and the result is short-lived if we do not continue with nutrition and physical activity.

How to fight cellulite after age 50, natural products

There are natural products that help fight this blemish with their properties.

Birch leaves (Betula Pendula) favoring the elimination of excess fluids help reduce the stagnation of fat cells, improving the appearance of the skin.

The pilosella (Hieracium pilosella), diuretic, treats the imperfections of cellulite and the edema of the lower limbs.

Anti-cellulite foods like ginger, lemon, pineapple and chilli serve to stimulate the metabolism.

Green tea, excellent antioxidant, helps to drain liquids, it can also be used to prepare muds if added to clay.

Coffee grounds are great for preparing a homemade scrub if mixed with sweet almond oil or olive oil.

Here is the recipe: take 3/4 coffee grounds and add them to 5 tablespoons of moisturizer and a tablespoon of olive oil, if you do not have the moisturizer add the grounds to 5 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. Stir very well and let stand for a few minutes. The cream should be used with a massage on the areas to be treated, leave to work for a few minutes and rinse.

If all this was not enough to reduce blemish, we can always bring out our smile and accept our “imperfections”, including cellulite.

Rita Palazzi
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