Cellulite wraps are typically performed in beauty salons and spas. The indications for use are for problems related to bad blood circulation and therefore for cellulite.
Cellulite wraps: Cellulite: what is it?
What we call cellulite or orange peel skin is an imperfection known as edematous fibrosclerotic panniculopathy (EFS), which causes alterations of the subcutaneous tissue, manifesting itself with a hypertrophy of fat cells. There are many causes of EFS but amongst them we can cite:
- Hormonal factors
- Genetic factors
- Various disorders
In addition, with regard to aggravating factors, we can include:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Improper posture
- Unhealthy diet
- Sudden weight loss
- Being overweight
- Other factors.
What are the developmental stages and types of cellulite?
There are 3:
- Edematous stage
- Fibrous stage
- Sclerotic stage
Types of cellulite:
- Compact cellulite
- Soft cellulite
- Edematous cellulite
Cellulite wraps: between treatments
Aesthetic bandages are used for:
- Venous-lymphatic stasis, with diffuse pain and tingling in the lower limbs, problems standing upright for many hours and difficulty walking for long stretches;
- Telangiectasias (visible capillaries);
- Water retention, or obvious swelling and heaviness from the abdomen to the limbs;
- EFS, cellulite, with orange peel skin
Bandages are applied to the legs, soaked in solutions that contain functional ingredients; the active ingredients favour a powerful drainage action, due also to the pressure exerted by the bandages.
The bandages are rolled in a spiral around the legs and should be left on for 30 minutes.
Cellulite wraps: the benefit they bring
The most common benefits include:
Cellulite wraps: formulations of the solutions used
The functional ingredients contained in the solutions that the bandages are soaked in can include:
- Blends of essential oils
- Muds or algae that have detoxifying properties to fight EFS
- Saline solutions, eliminating excess fluids, detoxifying, combatting water retention and cellulite.
Cellulite wraps: hot bandages
Hot bandages are pleasant during the winter. The bandages are rolled on from the tip of the feet to the groin or to the waist, and are soaked in a solution rich in ingredients with lipolytic activity and capable of generating heat.
The heating by vasodilatation of the blood vessels causes:
- Improved perfusion
- Oxygenation of cells and all tissues.
The treatment is indicated to combat:
- Fluid stagnation
- EFS, cellulite
- Localised fat deposits.
Hot bandages are:
- Increase sweating
- Stimulate the peripheral circulation
- EFS countering effect
- Thanks to the high temperature, adipose tissues are stimulated, and fat metabolism improves.
Cellulite wraps: contraindications for using hot bandages
Hot treatments cannot be performed in the case of cardio-circulatory and cardiovascular problems, such as:
- Heart problems
- Low blood pressure
- In the case of sensitive skin or dermatitis
- In the presence of varicose veins or venous problems
Cellulite wraps: cold
- Act as vasoconstrictors
- Reduce swelling and heaviness in the lower limbs.
- Improve the circulatory, lymphatic and metabolism system
- Have a firming effect
- Help to counter venous-lymphatic problems, oedema, heaviness and swelling of the limbs
They are a good alternative when hot bands can’t be used, for example, in cases of:
- Varicose veins
- problems of capillary fragility
And in all cases where it is necessary to intervene on a microcirculation that presents fragility, slowing the return and causing stagnation.
The firming or reducing solution soaked in the bandages develops an intense cold on the area to be treated, with an increase in localised metabolic activity.
The aesthetic action obtained is an improvement of cellulite, especially of the edematous type.
This treatment is most effective when combined with pressotherapy sessions. It is not recommended to shower immediately after bandaging or to expose yourself to the sun.
Cellulite wraps: hydration
Hydrating oneself properly forms the basis of prevention and of remedies for combatting cellulite on the thighs. This is because water combats fluid stagnation and, as a result, counteracts water retention. Drinking between 1 to 2 litres per day is ideal for keeping yourself hydrated; you can drink:
- Herbal tea
- Green tea
- Vegetable juices
- Fruit and vegetables.
You should cut down on salt as it promotes water retention or, even better, use sea salt instead of the classic refined white salt.
Cellulite wraps: diet
You need to have a healthy diet as the body needs to be cared for, internally and externally, and not doing one of the two precludes the success of the other.
As a consequence, bad eating habits can cause and worsen cellulite.
Which foods should be avoided or reduced, and which ones can help to prevent and combat this imperfection?
Some foods can worsen water retention and the accumulation of fluids and fats.
It is better to choose those that help the metabolism and are detoxifying.
You should therefore eat
- Vegetables, even those with a bitter taste which are good for the liver
- Extra virgin olive oil
- ginger and lemon help to reduce heaviness and swelling.
Instead, avoid consuming:
- Alcohol, as well as refined carbohydrates.
- butter and various dairy products
- White flour
- Meat and processed meats.
- Fried food in general.
Cellulite wraps: doing physical activity
That’s right, doing physical activity is ideal for:
- Keeping in shape
- Preventing or keeping cellulite under control
Take a simple and beautiful walk in the open air that is good for the body and the mind, especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle. You could also consider doing targeted exercises, such as:
- Horizontal leg press
- The glute bridge
- All fours leg raise
- Lateral leg raise
- Wall sit.
Not only that, you can also decide to join a gym or do sports at home which prevent and combat cellulite on your thighs:
- Jumping fitness
- Nordic walking
- Water sports.