More About Cellulite, Menopause and You
Cellulite; the bane of women everywhere- and until only recently- one of the greatest mysteries of the Universe…
As we mentioned in Part One of this article series, Medical Researchers have just begun to unravel cellulite’s dark mysteries in the past couple years, and the findings are both encouraging- and somewhat discouraging.
It’s now thought that excess Estrogen can cause the body’s connective tissues- and septae- to weaken. This weakening then allows fat deposits to collect and push to the surface of the skin in bundles. Coupling this Excess-estrogen-induced weakening of the connective tissue with the earlier mentioned poor microcirculation and lymphatic drainage, you have the Perfect Storm scenario for the development- and progression- of cellulite.
As a woman ages, her hormone levels naturally decline as she enters menopause. As hormones become unbalanced, a woman’s skin begins to thin. Collagen and Elastin then also weaken. This causes further rupture and structural failure of the septae and consequently a profound worsening of the dimpled appearance of the skin, as more and more fat bundles push toward the surface of the skin.
Traditionally, Cellulite is believed to form in 5 stages:
Stage One- the beginning of diminished blood circulation.
Stage Two- the progressive rupturing of veins and capillaries and increasing pressure mounting in the tissues where leakage is occurring.
Stage Three-the swelling of fat tissues due to fluid accumulation.
Stage Four-the formation of thick fibers due to congealed/hardened septae.
Stage Five-the formation of steatomes due to lack of circulation in the now-congealed septae fibers.
All is not lost however as new research indicates that certain things CAN be done to improve- though not necessarily prevent- cellulite.
While not all cellulite treatment products such as creams and/or lotions are legitimate, there are some that actually can -and DO-lessen the visible appearance of cellulite. Certain ingredients such as caffeine and key herbs and botanicals when used topically assist in this lessening effect.
Also certain vitamins, minerals and herbs taken internally have been shown to assist in maintaining healthy blood flow and microcirculation.
Body wraps and message techniques also help with moving trapped lymphatic fluid- but without a doubt, taking this newfound understanding of the role hormones play in cellulite formation, and pursuing medical help to balance hormones during peri-menopause -and prior to the onset of full blown menopause –is truly Key in improvement and prevention!
By: Carrie E. Pierce and Menopauserus.com
Carrie has worked exclusively in the skin care, health and beauty industry for over 25 years.
She’s a licensed Aesthetician, is certified in Color Analysis and has built a solid, international reputation in the field of holistic, menopausal skin care; specializing in harmful cosmetic ingredients and industry practices.
She’s a recognized speaker and published writer- having written numerous articles in women’s health and beauty publications and she is Founder and President of Menopauserus.com- The ultimate natural help and support site for women in need of peri menopause and menopause relief.
It’s her mission to help make menopause ‘The Change for the Better’- for women everywhere!