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Slimming down and firming up

Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017 5:58pm

I have, for the 95th time in my life, joined a gym and am relishing the results I am getting.

When you start to trim down though, you do start to take notice of flaws and one of those is cellulite. What is it?

Cellulite forms from fat build-ups deep within the layering of our skin. It becomes more noticeable when our connective tissue fibres push down against it, causing the blood flow to restrict, engorging the fat cells. It is something that is quite stubborn to shift, especially as you get older. One of the things that helps move it are sports like swimming and cycling. But some topical specialist creams help too.

I have started applying them just before my workouts, which helps with the efficacy of them. No matter what cream you use, drinking water and cutting coffee is key to being rid of the dreaded orange peel.

But investing in a potent cream is no good if you are going to approach applying it in a light-handed manner. Upward strokes with a firm touch almost a kneading action is the best way to help tighten the skin.

Thalgo Defi Cellulite is one the best creams for stubborn pockets of cellulite that are obvious without having to pinch the skin. The lumpy bum is no match for this targeted gel which helps to break down the compacted cellulite effectively over time. €45.

Guinot Sculpt Expert: This a cream formula that requires a little massage into the area. If your skin is dry this not only hydrates but also contains Hydroxyproline, which reinforces and repairs collagen and elastin.

Brown algae aids and maintains the firmness of the skin and Polysaccharides lift, soften and smooth the skin. It helps with aging skin and skin that is slack. Your silhouette will thank you for this as it becomes renewed and firmer. €55.

The Body Shop have developed a special firming ritual which include three steps to youthful tighter skin. Their Spa of the World range has expanding to include a range that not only nurtures but also stimulates the skin.

French Grape Seed Scrub: Grape seeds are prized for their high polyphenol content, a powerful antioxidant known to firm the skin. The Body Shop have infused their delicious-looking new scrub with grape seed powder from France and Community Trade organic sugar from Paraguay to help invigorate, exfoliate and refine your skin. Massaging with sugar is great for stimulating circulation to promote even skin tone.

Ethiopian Green coffee cream, €39: Caffeine is renowned for its refining, firming and toning properties. The Body Shop’s new firming body cream is enriched with naturally high-in-caffeine organic Ethiopian green coffee. This silky soft, yet invigorating, cream effortlessly melts into the skin when massaged, leaving skin feeling firmer and more refined with a satiny-smooth finish.

Marula Firming Oi: Their new body oil is infused with zingy makrut lime, praised by Thai women for its stimulating and uplifting scent – ideal for re-awakening your senses. Discover this firming oil that’s quickly absorbed to nourish your skin, infused with Community Trade marula oil. Great to use to help ease tight muscles and it really helps to wake you up, €23.95.

There are three reasons a massage works well in shifting cellulite zones: The elevated level of pressure used during your massage literally breaks down cellulite deposits.

A key cellulite deterrent is circulation; massaging stimulates blood flow and increases circulation, thus reducing your skin’s ability to form cellulite.

Your lymphatic system manages waste-removal of toxins from your skin. Massaging action repairs and rejuvenates this system so your skin functions better and in turn, looks better. It really is a win-win situation.

Finally, a tan to tone you up from St Tropez that contains advanced skincare benefits. It moisturises, firms and tones. It gradually builds a sun-kissed glow to suit all skin tones. It is streak-free, quick-drying, easy to apply and re-apply daily, or as desired, to build your depth of tan.

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