The big C of skincare - Cellulite

The big C of skincare - Cellulite

Saturday Beauty

Jeanette La Caille-Hill

Saturday, June 02, 2012

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Call it what you may, "cottage cheese" or "orange peel" skin, there is nothing light about cellulite. It can plague even the fittest of bodies and affects both men and women. Ninety per cent of us are genetically predisposed to this common condition and this makes it a difficult case to solve. Many believe that you are destined to have it and so you must live with it, but despite its stubbornness, there are ways to improve the appearance of cellulite and get your skin looking smoother.

Beauty Diagnosis:

The word cellulite comes from the French word "cellule" meaning cell, and the suffix "ite" meaning disease or inflammation. It refers to fatty deposits that form uneven and dimpled skin on the buttocks, hips and thighs primarily. It can also be found on the arms and breasts. Cellulite is formed when connective tissues beneath the skin that shape the fat become weak and deformed due to poor circulation of blood and lymph.

There are three types of cellulite: Adipose, Aqueous and Fibrous. Some of us have one of the three, while others have a combination of two. There are those of us who have the "treble" which is all three types in various parts of the body. Here is a brief description of each type and a simple touch test to find out what you are dealing with:

ADIPOSE — Flick the area with your middle finger. At the point of impact, on the surface, there is a ripple or wave effect proving you have adipose cellulite.

AQUEOUS — Take your thumb and press firmly on the area. If the imprint lasts for a few seconds you are retaining water and have aqueous cellulite.

FIBROUS — Using both hands, take your thumb and index finger, pinching the area first along the length and then on the horizontal. If you can only grab the skin in one direction, you are suffering from fibrous cellulite.

Easy Prevention:

An unhealthy diet and a lack of exercise encourage fatty deposits to gather and stay put. If you are noticing the early onset of cellulite there are simple preventative approaches to take:

KEEP MOVING — Jogging, walking, Yoga or Pilates can all keep you moving to prevent stagnation of lymphatic toxins which cause cellulite.

HAVE MORE SEX — It may seem inconsequential, but a healthy sex life burns calories, stimulates the release of endorphins "the feel-good hormone" and increases the heart rate to target fat-burning.

DRINK WATER — Consumption of at least 1.5 litres of water per day will saturate and hydrate the cells, assisting in the elimination of waste in the body.

AVOID FATTY FOODS — Soda, white bread and fatty cheese offer no nutritional value and cause your thighs, butt and midsection to look undefined, so opt for clean foods such as raw vegetables, fruit and lean protein to keep your problem areas at bay.


For those of us who are unable to wear white and are already victims of the Big C, you may think you're helpless, but there is so much you can do both at the spa and at home using products with the most potent natural ingredients and professional treatments and with the most advanced innovative techniques.

SLIM YOUR SILHOUETTE — This is perfect for a new mother or anyone who wants to reshape the body because it is customised.

In Spa: Signature Slimming Treatment. Eighty minutes per treatment, to be performed twice per week for five weeks. Body exfoliation scrub and heat wrap, vigorous massage and cupping movements for 45 minutes.

At Home: Enhancer Body Serum and Essential 24 Body Cream both with vectorised caffeine at eight per cent, which is the highest penetration level of any product on the market today.

STOP THE SAGGING — Try a series to stop sagging due to loss of elasticity, great for anyone who has lost weight and needs firming.

In Spa: Signature Firming Treatment. Eighty minutes per treatment, to be performed twice per week for eight weeks. Exfoliation cream and firming body serum, peel-off wrap and reshaping cream application.

At Home: Reshaping Cream and Firming Cream packed with polyphenols and antioxidants, soy and lotus.

SMOOTH YOUR SKIN — This treatment is ideal for those wanting to maintain a beautiful body.

In Spa: Slimming/Firming Treatment. Alternating one treatment per week on a continuous basis.

At Home: Essential 24 Body Cream and Reshaping Cream with Caffeine and a cocktail of polyphenols.

It is daunting. For many of us it is not just physical and has a mental impact on the way we dress, even if we visit the beach. Take the time to research the information and make an informed decision to get help and solve your cellulite problem starting today. Talk to your aesthetician and take charge of your body programme.

Jeanette La Caille-Hill is a beauty and wellness expert and qualified aesthetician. She operates the exclusive distributorship for SOTHYS, Paris professional skincare and body treatment line in Jamaica. Contact her at 536-7640 or e-mail her at sothysjamaica@ with questions and comments.

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