Trust a man to have something to say about Kim Kardashian wearing a bikini and letting the world see something that plagues us all - cellulite.
The man in question, Piers Morgan, commented on recent pictures of Kim on a girls trip to Mexico, remarking on the differences between Kim's natural pictures and those that are airbrushed.
His Good Morning Britain colleague Susanna Reid stuck up for Kim, calling on women to celebrate their curves and if they have cellulite, to not be afraid to show it.
Since cellulite has now become something of a hot topic, we asked skincare expert Jill Zander to fill us in on everything you ever needed to know about cellulite.
1. There are three different types
Cellulite is a general term that covers several types of skin condition. Adipose Cellulite is firm cellulite, with the dreaded orange peel effect on loose skin; Oedematous Cellulite is caused by fluid retention and leaves soft cellulite on loose skin; and Fibrotic Cellulite is hard, compact and leaves the orange peel effect.
2. Get moving and shaking
Cellulite forms in areas with the least circulation so it means that without activity, it’s very hard to budge! Everyday energising movements and skin-warming exercises will have you saying adios to dimpled skin if you are consistent with it.
Running, swimming and brisk walking are the best form of exercises for increasing blood circulation and loosening the fat tissues from those hard to budge areas.
3. Supercharge your potions
Jill Zander says you can super-charge those cellulite potions. “All of life’s tempting excesses can lead you to destination celluliteville, but get moving and you’ll find the potions you invest in work better,” she says. “Following exercise, your metabolism and your blood circulation are stimulated and products you apply will be better absorbed, helping to activate the cellulite fighting ingredients.”
Body brushing, massage and good scrubs support circulation and makes shower time that little bit more beneficial. Ideally, daily body brushing, stroking in the direction towards your heart or a strong-handed massage on the thighs, will increase fat dispersion if done on a regular basis.
5. Every little helps
If you’re desk-bound in your job then you’ll know that your day consisted of little action and unfortunately, cellulite is a big fan of women with inactive careers. Take breaks, make tea and walk and talk rather than pinging an email. All of these small simple steps remind your rear it needs to keep in shape.
6. You are not alone
Cellulite is often hereditary, so it’s likely your family members will be suffering from the same problem. Also, it is said that 95% of women have a type of cellulite somewhere on their body and post pregnancy can bring on uneven skin too, so rest assured, you’re in good company and even skinny people aren’t immune to cellulite.
7. Know your grade
There are four different grades of cellulite and there are special cellulite diagnosis plates which, when held on the skin, tell us the grade so that we know how best to treat it.
Grade 1 - No visible cellulite, even when the skin is pinched.
Grade 2 - No visible cellulite when lying down or standing. An orange peel texture can be seen when the skin is pinched.
Grade 3 - Cellulite is visible when standing, but may disappear when lying down.
Grade 4 - Visible cellulite when standing and lying down.
8. Making a late appearance
Hypotonic Cellulite typically starts to appear between the ages of 35 and 45 and affects the lower thighs and sometimes the bottom. This type of cellulite gives the appearance of a sagging thigh when it only affects the upper thigh. When it affects the bottom, bums take on a heavy, sagging appearance.
This type of cellulite only has shallow irregularities (orange peel) and they are fewer in number than seen with other types; however it is commonly accompanied by stretch marks.
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