Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Is Cellulite Genetic?

Cellulite is not directly linked to genetics, but it is affected by things that are influenced by our genetic make-up. Metabolic rates, hormone levels, the amount of adipose (fat) tissue, and where one tends to have thicker layers of fat cells. These things may make a body more prone to cellulite.

We know that women are designed to store more fat tissue than men to facilitate the needed energy for reproduction. As a result, cellulite is much more prevalent in women. Lucky us! In fact, very few men experience cellulite. It was designed that way to ensure women have the needed energy for reproduction. Many very fit individuals still deal with cellulite in certain areas, but the cardinal rule here is, . . . the healthier you are, the less cellulite you will have.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Babor Body Line Thermal Refining Cellulite Treatment

This light, fresh, cool emulsion (between a gel and a cream) provides some key actives in the battle against cellulite and facilitates their quick absorption into the skin. Caffeine is one of the key ingredients in this product. It is specifically directed to trigger the elimination of fats and the break down of triglycerides in the fat cells to fatty acids so they can be can be discarded.

The plant extract, Centella Asiatica, helps to restructure the dermal fibers that have constricted causing the tension and dimples in the skin. The constriction of these fibers also causes a disruption in the circulation, the fat cells to cluster, fluid retention, and poor elimination. The Horse Chestnut is a great decongestant that promotes the health of the blood vessels and elimination of wastes, along with camphor to boost circulation. The algae used to promote detoxification and provide essential minerals will improve the health and functioning of the fat cells and the supporting structures. There are also peptides to ensure cellular communication, hyaluronic acid for hydration, and even a little lactic acid (an AHA) to ensure the surface of the skin is exfoliating properly and has an even texture.

This is definitely a product that will give you great results if you use it properly and are a little patient. Use it at least once a day for 6 to 8 weeks, then you will be convinced. Oh . . . and maybe ease up on the pizza and go for water instead of that carbonated drink.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sothys Total Resculpting Serum

Velvety smooth skin anyone? Loaded with plant extracts to put the fat cells on a diet, this serum promotes elimination from the cells thanks to the caffeine and the polyphenols of Boldo, Prunella and Celosia. These plant polyphenols, along with L-carnitine (an amino acid naturally found in the skin), inhibit the fat cells from storing triglycerides blocking the formation of more cellulite. The complex of Vitamin B3 and Vitamin E improves the microcirculation facilitating the elimination from the fat cells and drainage from the stagnant surrounding tissues.

It is important when treating cellulite to help improve the structure of the connective tissue surrounding the fat cell. This improves circulation, elimination and minimizes (or eliminates) the “dimples” in the skin caused by the challenged fibers. Sothys has used Centella Asiatica, known for its influence on stimulating collagen and elastin, to take care of this task.

This product has a light cream/gel texture and is applied like a body lotion. For best results it is recommended to use the serum twice a day on the areas of concern. Like all products designed to attack cellulite, the results are improved with exfoliation, dry brushing and stimulating the circulation giving better absorption of the product.

Monday, April 20, 2009

PHYTOMER Unique Anti-Cellulite Cream

This active cellulite cream contains an interesting combination of ingredients to combat cellulite. Caffeine and two mineral rich algaes, Laminara Digitata and Palmaria Palmata, are utilized because of their tremendous action on eliminating fats. The iodine found in the Laminara Digitata triggers metabolism and elimination, and is complemented by mineral ions that help to flush the tissues, prevent fluid retention, and improve circulation.

A brown algae (Halopteris Scoparia) incorporated in this formula has shown to have an interesting influence on cells that have not matured to active fat cells. This influence can inhibit the maturation into active fat cells and help slow down fat storage. These are great ingredients to have in the battle against cellulite. The sweet almond, sunflower, jojoba and soya oils promote penetration of the active ingredients, provide emolliency, and are rich with anti-oxidants to ensure the health of the tissues.

As with all cellulite products, apply daily for at least 6 weeks before you will see results. Use a light massage technique when applying the product until it has penetrated, and then knead the area of concern to promote the circulation that will help break up the constricted fibers and clusters of fat. This process will enhance your results. Weekly exfoliation, drinking more water and adding a little cardio will help speed up your results.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Scoop on Cellulite Treatments

Cellulite spa treatments are very effective, but are not a 'one visit' cure. Exfoliation and algae wraps, or treatments using light therapy, infrared, micro currents, and/or kneading the tissues will be offered as a series of treatments given one to three times a week for a few weeks. These treatments offer incredible results but are somewhat of a financial investment, so be sure to change your diet and commit to a little cardio exercise during the treatments . . . you will get far better results in less time.

Many home care products deserve serious consideration, whether they are used to compliment and enhance a spa treatment, or used on their own. The ingredients found in these products are focused on stimulating the elimination of fats as well as slowing down the formation of fat. They also address drainage to promote elimination of wastes and excess fluids. Many cellulite products will create a heat sensation and may turn the skin quite pink, usually as a result of some form of niacin. Caffeine is another common ingredient in formulations because it penetrates well and stimulates the elimination of excess fats. Most products will recommend application twice a day following some type of stimulation like dry brushing, exfoliation, or even a brisk drying with your towel after a shower, as this stimulates the circulation and will lead to better utilization of the ingredients and better results.

Up Next . . . Cellulite Product Reviews and Recommendations.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Cellulite Blues

Dimples on your cheeks might be cute, but not when they are on your thighs. The dreaded cellulite. Winter's secret and Spring's revelation. As the temperatures rise, so do our hemlines. Spring is the season to undrape our bodies and deal with the sins of winter. T'is the season for short sleeves, short skirts, short shorts, and when things really warm up, bathing suits.

Did you know that cellulite is more common in women than men? It is believed that estrogen makes women more prone to developing cellulite whether fit, firm, slim, or carrying a few extra pounds. Cellulite does not discriminate. We know it develops in stages. During the early stages it can only be seen if the skin in the area is pinched slightly to show the dimples. It progresses to a visible orange peel texture. If not cared for it will continue until it presents you with a cottage cheese appearance that others can easily see from across the patio.

There are many ways to deal with this unsightly condition. Of course, healthy living, drinking loads of water, eating fresh vegetables (especially those that are diuretic) and fish does wonders. Avoid the obvious, fried foods, carbonated drinks (including carbonated water), too much red meat, and alcohol. Don't get stuck singing the cellulite blues. Break out those cute little summer outfits and stay tuned . . . help is near.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Matis Paris Oxygenating Energy Gel Serum

Looking for some extra oomph for your skin? Matis formulated this lovely, light gel serum containing a cocktail of plant extracts that promote oxygenation consumption by the cells. The result? Great anti-age ammunition and an effective way to clear congested dull skin that is crying out to be detoxified and revitalized.

The ingredients speak for themselves. The St. John’s Wart is an incredible hydrator. The Frankincense inhibits some of the cellular communicators that trigger inflammation and promote other communicators to be more efficient. The Mimosa Tenuiflora is a great anti-inflammatory used for its incredible healing properties, and an ability to energize the skin while promoting cellular and collagen regeneration. The grape and rose extracts compliment the other ingredients, improving circulation.

A nice, fresh, easy to use serum that will help the skin overcome the multitude of challenges your skin faces throughout the year. Impressive. Remember to apply serums to clean skin and wait a minute, or so, for them to penetrate before applying cream.

*Don't forget . . . Spa Week begins today!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream

This lovely textured night cream focuses on boosting oxygen in the skin, which then triggers the cells to detoxify and regenerate. Oxygen is essential to keep the cellular activity functioning well. This ensures healthy, younger looking skin and minimizes free radical damage. It is important that an oxygenating product not just provide oxygen on the skin (i.e. some contain hydrogen peroxide) as this can actually promote free radical development.

Elemis has created a combination of extracts from marine algae, which not only promotes the utilization of oxygen, but brings benefits of various minerals and vitamins needed for healthy functioning skin. These algae also ensure hydration to the tissues and provide calcium for collagen regeneration and cellular communication. The jojoba, shea butter, sesame, avocado and wheat germ extracts offer the EFA (essential fatty acid) benefits to ensure cell health and free radical defense, as well as incredible emolliency.

This cream is an exceptional anti-age tool as it does more than address the oxygenation for the skin and minimize free radical damages, it also contains some of those incredible peptides that facilitate collagen and elastin regeneration. Give your skin a month (time for cellular turnover), and it will show you a new vitalized healthier younger looking skin.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

High-Potency Serum by Cellex-C

Cellex-C High-Potency Serum is a perfect switch-up product to introduce to your new Spring skin care program. It packs a Vitamin C power punch that boosts the activities in the skin while helping minimize and repair the damage caused by ultra-violet rays.

This serum is loaded with L-ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C that is quickly used by the skin. It is no secret that Vitamin C plays a major role as a powerful anti-oxidant and in collagen regeneration. This product needs to be used for a few weeks before any changes in the skin will be noticed. First time users will need to increase the use of hydrating products for the first week as it may have a drying effect on the skin. It contains some hyaluronic acid to help keep the hydration levels up in the skin, but for many it is not enough to keep things moisturized until the skin adjusts to the active Vitamin C.

Like other serums, it is applied to clean skin, allowed to penetrate, and then followed with a nourishing cream. Spring is the perfect season to begin using the High-Potency serum so your skin can begin to build up resistance to the damage those glorious ummer rays can cause. The longer this serum is used, the better the skin’s resistance will be.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring Skin Care "Switch-Up"

Oh, the glory of Spring. It is the time of an awakening, a time dedicated to restoration, rejeuvenation, and revitalization. The air changes, the sun comes out and moods are lifted. As our bodies are unveiled from the wraps of the winter's cold air, it becomes evident that our skin requires a much needed boost of vitality.

During the Spring we take in more fresh air, are more apt to take walks, or go bicycling, while thoroughly enjoying the new season and its new life all around us. In a word, renewal. It is the perfect time to "switch-up" to a new skin care program that will awaken our skin with new ingredients and textures that will jump start cell activity to coincide with nature's shining moments.

Spring is a perfect time to add detoxifying products and treatments to kick things into gear and increase the elimination of toxins and cell regeneration. While dehydration is still and issue, day creams with a lighter texture may offer vitality boosters to give your skin that fresh spring glow. Don't forget to incorporate a detoxifying mask to your daily routine. A great vitamin enriched night cream loaded with anti-oxidants is a good bet. As far as treatments are concerned, now is a great time to book a detoxifying body wrap, an oxygenating facial or a lymphatic drainage treatment (face and body).

Stay tuned . . . product reviews to follow.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Wax-Wise: Be Cautious When Waxing if. . .

Take time to make an educated laundry list of conditions to be cautious of before booking your next waxing treatment. Be careful if you:
• are a smoker - anything that affects the circulatory system in any way will be more prone to fragile capillaries within the waxed area, . . . smoking, stress, etc.
• recently drank coffee or alcohol as they both stimulate the circulation and more prone to fragile capillaries and bruising.
• are pregnant - hormones have different influences on your skin and may react differently during pregnancy. You may also be more prone to uneven pigmentation on areas that are irritated from waxing.
• have diabetes - depending on the stage of diabetes, it is known that diabetics heal slower and are more prone to infection, and therefore, waxing is not a good idea. Often during waxing there may be bleeding from the hair follicle that would contribute to increasing the likelihood of infection.
• take blood thinners - those on blood thinners bleed easier and have a more difficult time healing. Waxing will cause fragile capillaries making it more suceptible to bruising.
• use strong exfoliators on your skin (salicylic acid, AHA) - if used before waxing the skin will be inflammed and irritated, and depending on the type of exfoliation, the skin's natural barrier against bacteria will have been removed. It takes about 72 hours for the acid mantle to replace itself after being stripped. If the barrier is not there the likelihood of breakouts and inflammation is high. Did you know waxing provides an exfoliation process?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wax-Wise: Do Not Wax if. . .

There are a few situations when waxing any part of your body should be avoided. The following list is straightforward. Be aware.

Do not wax if you:
• take Accutane (acne medication) - it dehydrates the skin so much that the wax will peel the skin with the wax strip causing inflammation and possibly permanent pigmentation, or scarring. Ouch!
• use Retin A - it thins the skin and may offer the same result as Accutane . . . again, ouch!
• have lupus or aids - the skin does not have normal resistance and will be more suceptible to bruising, peeling, infection, fragile capillaries and other obvious concerns.
• recently got botox or collagen injections - these injectables need to stay in place as long as possible, not be manipulated by waxing. In the case of Botox, the muscle is paralysed and this will affect the normal reaction of the skin, which is necessary when monitoring the skin's reaction to waxing.
• are in cancer therapy/chemo or radiation - your immune system is not functioning, any irritation or inflammation will cause infections and can be dangerous.
• have varicose veins - the pulling of the wax removal can cause bruising and some capillaries and small veins may lose elasticity making the condition worse.
• have been exposed to direct sunlight or tanning booth - UV contains some infra red which will cause heat in the skin, increasing an inflammatory response from the waxing. It may also cause uneven pigmentation, if you are already tanned, the areas that are being waxed will shed a lot of the superficial pigmented cells.