Monday May 30th, 2016

Orange Peel, Only on the Fruit

The good weather is starting and we eagerly await summer so we can sunbathe and show off our body beautiful at the beach or at the pool. But with this also comes the rush to offload what we have been hiding under our long pants all winter.

Whether it is because we work sitting down most of the time, or because we might have overdone it at meals and we have not found the time to go to the gym or to get out and walk; when cellulite makes an appearance, there is no stopping it.

And truthfully, to a greater or lesser extent, even slim people and men have it. Cellulite, also known as orange peel skin, is the formation of fatty adipose nodules in various parts of the body. It can be found in the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen, and it can appear for various reasons: genetics, diet, hormonal changes, excess weight, physical inactivity, dehydration or stress.

It is most common to take to using creams, which usually produce results, but these come over the long term and with constant application. Massage or lymphatic drainage is another method that, although it can help, is not the solution.

What is important is to maintain a healthy life and to continuously care for your body.

  • One of the most important factors is having a balanced diet, to avoid the accumulation of fat in thighs and buttocks.
  • A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fiber is recommended.
  • Drink plenty of water during the day to remain hydrated.
  • Do physical exercise to reinforce the thigh and buttock muscles.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks. They are one of our worst enemies due to their high sugar content, because our body accumulates this under the skin in the form of fats.
  • Do not eat excess foods that have a high sodium content, as they aid fluid build-up.
  • It is recommended to do low-impact aerobic exercise such as swimming, cycling or running.
  • Walking at least half an hour a day helps to activate circulation in the legs.
  • If you take the stairs instead of taking the elevator, you improve your physical condition, reduce weight and strengthen muscles.
  • Avoid excessively tight clothes, especially jeans and pants, since they prevent the elimination of fluids and toxins that our skin does not need.
  • Take cold showers. When you are finishing your shower, rinsing your legs and buttocks with cold water benefits blood flow and helps to reduce orange peel skin.
  • If your work requires you to remain standing or sitting for long periods of time, take small breaks to move your legs and get the blood flowing correctly.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake.

Above all, we advise against diets and intensive training to prepare for summer in short periods of time. The body will suffer more and the effects will be less sustained.