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5 Cellulite Treatments To Try Today

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Rising temperatures mean a lot more skin is being shown. Unfortunately for us, this skin doesn’t always look exactly the way we would like. We already figured out how to do away with pastiness thanks to the best self-tanners, but cellulite is a whole separate beast to conquer.

We asked around to find out what girls-in-the-know are using these days to treat the dreaded dimpling. Of course, we would never give names (who wants to admit to cottage cheese thighs?!), but trust us when we say these suggestions are tried-and-tested. And just in time for bikini season…

1. Dry Brushing (from $7)

Not only does this technique help to limit toxins from your body, it can also smooth out pesky lumps and bumps. Spend extra time brushing any trouble areas with long, upward strokes.

2. Frank Body Balm ($25)

You’ve heard about the effectiveness of coffee scrubs, and this product achieves the same results but in a lotion form. The Coffee Arabica Seed Oil will stimulate blood flow to target cellulite and stretch marks (lovely combo!) while also increasing production of collagen and elastic production. This product is the creation of Australians, and judging by their bikini bods on Instagram, they know what they’re talking about.

3. Ultherapy (starting at $800)

Drastic times call for drastic measures. While Ultherapy is designed for the face and décolleté, Dr. Julie Russak finds it effective at rejuvenating any part of the body that needs help building collagen and tightening. If you’re serious about fighting cellulite, look no further.

4. DERMAdoctor Brazilian BOMBSHELL Skin Perfecting Body Lotion ($48)

Fake it ‘til you make it, right? This product is like your favorite Instagram filter, but for your body. In addition to providing UV protection, it has a unique formula that blurs and masks skin imperfections. So while you’re working to make your cellulite less prominent, you can conceal during these bikini-baring months.

5. Sarah Chapman Skinesis Bodylift ($45)

Not only do the 72 nodules on this device feel amazing, they also stimulate circulation to encourage lymphatic drainage. This means that muscles will be soothed, but skin will also appear noticeably smoother and less puffy. Almost as good as a deep tissue massage in a beachside cabana… almost.



-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com


The Skinny on Cellulite

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It’s still beach season for another month and while there’s not much you can do at this point to change your body, knowledge is power, ladies.

What’s always baffled me is how I’ll see a perfectly skinny girl with a thigh full of cellulite. So, I decided to ask the experts – does cellulite discriminate? I think it’s time we have a serious conversation and dispell those cellulite rumors once and for all. Who knows, perhaps by next summer you’ll be “cottage cheese” free!

Keep reading for fitness expert, Joe Dowdell (he’s worked with celebs like Natalie Portman, Eva Mendes, Anne Hathaway, and Claire Danes – not bad bodies all around) and dermatologist, Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi (who has served as a consulting dermatologist for L’Oreal to assist in advanced skin care product development) exclusive insight and tips:

BEAUTY BANTER: How do you get cellulite? Is it genetic as I’ve been lead to believe? 
JOE DOWDELL: Yes, genetics play huge role, but you can help diminish the possibility of cellulite occurring, especially if you know that your family is predisposed to it.  Make sure you are eating clean, free range, grass fed, organic, unprocessed, hormone and pesticide free food sources.   Build a diet around lots of lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, berries and lots of good fats (i.e., nuts and seeds) and in particular, make sure you get enough Omega 3 Essential Fatty acids via Fish Oil supplements.
DR. TANZI: Cellulite affects upwards of 90% of women after puberty.  Genetics is part of it, but also weight, exercise and hormone fluctuations are involved too.
BB: What exactly IS cellulite? 
DR. TANZI: Cellulite is the combination of fat pockets that get caught between fibrous (firm) bands under the skin. The fat gets squeezed by the bands and puckers up under the skin that leads to the “cottage cheese” appearance. It’s definitely worsened by female hormones which is why women are affected much more than men.
BB: Do food choices make a difference? if yes, what types of foods increase cellulite?
JOE DOWDELL: The less sugar and processed foods that you eat, the less negative hormonal impact you will place on your body, making it less likely that you will store excess fat.
DR. TANZI: Food choices are only important if they cause you to gain weight. Although even skinny women can have cellulite, it’s much more noticeable in women who are overweight.

BB: Are there foods that decrease cellulite?
JOE DOWDELL:  Fish Oil supplement is a big step in the right direction. In addition, it has been hypothesized that following these same strategies will reduce the incidence of varicose veins.
BB: What is the most effective way of treating cellulite? 
DR. TANZI: There is no permanent treatment for cellulite, only treatments that can offer long-term (months) improvement after a series of treatments. In my opinion the best treatments are Velashape and Thermage. The cost of treatment can range from $500 to several thousand dollars depending on the areas of desired treatment.
BB: Are there any workouts or treatments that can help diminish the appearance of cellulite?
JOE DOWDELL: Yes, a combination of total body strength training and energy system training (i.e., high intensity intervals and/or aerobic intervals ) will help increase lean muscle mass and decrease body fat, which will definitely affect the appearance on cellulite. It should be noted that there are plenty of skinny models that have a ton of cellulite, mainly because they are “skinny fat,” and are often misguided by the desire to be thin at all costs via calorie restricted diets, minimal protein intake, an overabundance of poor carbohydrates choices and very little strength training rather than trying to be lean and fit. Big, big mistake!!! As for magic creams or solutions, keep walking past those bottles and boxes at your local drug store, save your money, buy a gym membership and eat well.
BB: How can you treat cellulite from home?
DR. TANZI: Topical creams that contain caffeine or aminophylline will work temporarily, but they must be used every day to see the results.
BB: Are there certain products that you would recommend for cellulite reduction or are these products on the market just gimmicks?
DR. TANZI: Many of the products are gimmicks, there is no way that you can “massage” cellulite away. There is a reason why there are hundreds on products for cellulite on the market – because none of them work very effectively.
BB: Does everyone have cellulite? Is it inevitable that we will get it at some point in our lives?
DR. TANZI: Yes, most women will deal with cellulite at some point. In fact, it’s more normal to have cellulite than not, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up trying to make it look better!

Losing weight may help reduce the overall appearance of cellulite. Have you considered using Sensa to reach your weight loss goals?


The Post Gobble Blues…

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I Ate Too Much Turkey

by Jack Prelutsky

I ate too much turkey,
I ate too much corn,
I ate too much pudding and pie,
I’m stuffed up with muffins
and much too much stuffin’,
I’m probably going to die.
I piled up my plate
and I ate and I ate,
but I wish I had known when to stop,
for I’m so crammed with yams,
sauces, gravies, and jams
that my buttons are starting to pop.
I’m full of tomatoes
and french fried potatoes,
my stomach is swollen and sore,
but there’s still some dessert,
so I guess it won’t hurt
if I eat just a little bit more.

One of my favorite childhood poems, and it has never rang so true as it does today. I spent the day in bed, trying desperately to will the food away from my thighs. Got up at about 2:30 and decided to take a shower. Wanted to try a new shower gel and ended up finding an anti-cellulite cream. If God speaks in symbols and signs, then God is screaming at me. So, I’ve decided to give it a try. The instructions say to use religiously for one month, twice a day, rubbing the effected area with upward motions. Today is day 1… I’ll check in again at around day 30 and tell you how my thighs are looking.
In the meantime, if you wanna try along with me, purchase a tube of Nuxe Tonific Minceur Ant-Cullulite Cream-Gel.
Here’s what the company says:
Nuxe TONIFIC® MINCEUR Anti-Cellulite Cream-Gel is a patented breakthrough that helps improve the appearance of Cellulite with an active ingredient of caffeine, which is one the best fat-fighting agents on the market today. Boosted by jangli seeds, derived from an Indian plant used in ayurvedic medicine, this cream-gel offers optimum anti-cellulite performance. The exclusive combination helps encourage the elimination of fatty deposits, peruvian Liana helps prevent new deposits from forming, while amazonian plants help tone skin. Apply morning and night, massaging with an upward motion focusing on specific areas, (thighs, buttocks, hips, stomach, etc.).

The results of an independent clinical study of 113 women found that after one month of applying the product twice a day 79% noticed a reduction in the appearance of cellulite, 86% noticed a reduction in the look of sponginess, and 84% noticed a reduction in the look of orange peel skin.

I’m not going to lie, I’ve always been a little suspect when companies boast about the “wrinkle eraser” or “celulite stopper” but hey, who am I to disobey God’s intentions?

1 MONTH… it’s on!


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