6 Mind Blowing Cellulite Myths You'll Wish You'd Known Sooner

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Georgios Tzenichristos is the director of London's leading skin tightening and cellulite clinic LipoTherapeia and My Beauty Matches resident cellulite expert. With over 17 years of expertise in the industry Georgios sure knows a thing or two about cellulite, so we've roped him in to give us an honest low down cellulite myths.

1: Cellulite is just fat and all you need to get rid of it is diet?

This a common old - fashioned view of cellulite, that still persists today. However, as all women know, as helpful as dieting may be it isn't able to significantly reduce cellulite by itself. This is because cellulite is fat which is enclosed in scar tissue within the skin itself, combined with circulation impairment, inflammation and skin laxity - all in one. It is totally different to what we call fat, which is below the skin and not enclosed in scar tissue. So diet helps, but it is not enough.

2: Only liposuction can get rid of cellulite?

This is a logical step from the previous misconception, that cellulite is common fat which can be “sucked out” with liposuction. However, this could not be further from the truth. As mentioned above, the fat aspirated by liposuction is located under the skin, while cellulite is fat INSIDE the skin itself, and therefore cannot be sucked out, unless you want to remove the skin itself. In fact, by removing the fat which used to keep skin taut and cellulite less visible, liposuction makes skin laxity and cellulite appear worse than before. So although liposuction does not affect the cellulite layer, it can instead result in cellulite looking worse.

3: Will exercising help to combat my cellulite?

No one can debate the benefits of exercise for cellulite and fat reduction. The calorie burning, the increase in circulation and mechanical tissue stimulation that exercise provides are essential for cellulite reduction. In this respect any vigorous type of exercise, i.e. running, cycling, fast walking, HIIT etc, will significantly help in diminishing orange peel skin appearance. However, specific “cellulite exercises” do not exist. Performing hip extensions will not help you reduce cellulite in your hips, working your adductors will not reduce cellulite in your inner thighs and doing leg curls will not rid cellulite on the back of your thighs. This is because spot fat reduction with exercise is physiologically impossible. So all those “cellulite exercises” you see on YouTube and numerous blogs, great as they may be for muscle tone, they do nothing to reduce cellulite on those areas.

4: Does caffeine cause cellulite?

Not really. I wouldn’t worry about any side effects from normal coffee and tea consumption, i.e. up to four cups of coffee or six cups of tea a day is fine. The problem with caffeine arises from excessive use for example up to 10 cups of coffee a day. Caffeine is actually a lipolytic, meaning it helps release fat out of fat cells, hence its use in cellulite creams topically.

5: Body brushing is ideal for cellulite, right?

False. Body brushing acts to exfoliate the epidermis, the uppermost layer of the skin. However, cellulite is basically fat and scar tissue found in the subdermis, the deepest layer of the skin and body brushing does not affect that layer. The small increase in circulation for a few minutes that body brushing causes will not do anything for cellulite.

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6: Do coffee scrubs really help to release caffeine into the skin to fight cellulite?

The caffeine dosage in coffee beans is tiny in comparison to a good cellulite cream and it is also tightly bound inside the coffee bean fibres, so don’t expect any caffeine to be released on the skin’s surface, let alone be absorbed all the way into the subdermis. If you insist on a caffeine - based home cellulite remedy, my advice is to make a double espresso and rub it on your skin instead. This way you will probably release a hundred times more caffeine than via coffee bean scrubbing.

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