Dimples: cute on your face – but according to Google search, most of us don’t think it’s so cute on the bum and thighs.
No matter your body type, whether you’re gunning for a spot in the next Victoria’s Secret show or prefer to stay fairly couch-bound, cellulite does not discriminate, and it seems we’re all still hung up on those little patches of orange-peel skin. In fact, studies show we rate our body image based on the dreaded dimples, with 97% of women saying they wanted to change the part of their body that was affected. Which is why we here at Nightire HQ were so chuffed to discover Assome, a product that really targets cellulite, all from the comfort of your own home.
So, you might be wondering, what is cellulite actually?
Firsly, know that it’s more prevalent in women (as if we don’t have enough to worry about with childbirth and the once a month visitor), because the fibrous bands of men’s connective tissue don't cross over as much to provide support under the skin. Fat (in any quantity) then bulges out from this connective tissue - which is why you can be slim and still have cellulite.
What makes cellulite more of a big deal for some than others?
Excess weight won't help - the more fat that bulges through the sub-dermal structures, the more noticeable it will be. A healthy diet plus exercise will help firm up the skin around that area. Also, sidenote - you might have heard the old wives’ tale that getting a tan will help your legs look nicer, but it won't. Losing the dermis means the skin is looser and will exacerbate the appearance.
Why do we get it?
Not drinking enough water, eating very salty foods, genetics and not exercising enough. Any of these activities can lead to a breakdown of the underlying girdle of collagen in the thighs, which allows over-sized fat cells to poke through more readily, creating a bulging, orange-peel look.
Think you can exercise your cellulite away?
Not quite. Exercise will help with fat loss and firming underlying muscles, which will help to improve the appearance. However, targeted treatments are what will make a lasting impression. Treatments that help to separate the fibrous bands, improve skin laxity and reduce fat cells are the trifecta, to be exact.
One machine, three ways to target cellulite, using advanced sound wave technology to do what conventional cosmetics, creams and gels simply can’t do – it penetrates beyond the dermal layer to lift, tighten and reduce cellulite. Tackle those lumps with ultrasound therapy which removes cellulite that’s skin deep; firm and slim with the radio-frequency setting that tightens skin and reduces fine lines, or airbrush the skin with LED light that helps to strengthen it. Exciting times.
And for Nightire readers, you can get 10% off their starter kit when you use the code N10 at check-out, valid until end September!