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Beauty / PART II
Factors contributing to cellulite can be fluid retention, a build up of toxins in the body, incorrect diet, in­activity, insufficient water intake, fatigue, tension and a generally unhealthy lifestyle which can also result in poor circula­tion, slow digestion and constipation.

15.12.2009 - Some women may expe­rience more severe forms of cellulite due to hormonal imbalances caused by the contraceptive pill, pregnan­cy, HRT, or the menopause.  Anything which causes an increase in body toxins also seems to aggravate the condition, this in turn slows down the elimination of waste products accumulated within the body and there­fore causes a change in the tissues.

Cellulite can be painful to the touch because the nerves can be compressed amongst the tissues and with the cir­culation not functioning ef­ficiently, it can lead to flesh that is cold to the touch which probably bruises more easily and may also feel puffy and spongy.

There are also different forms of cellulite and this could depend on the length of time it has been present; it could be quite soft and seemingly easy to manipu­late or it can be very hard and compacted and usually uncomfortable to the touch.

Cellulite is obviously not contagious but is an aesthetic problem which will improve with constant attention; as mentioned this will involve a healthy diet and improving circulation through massage and exercise.  The beauty and cosmetic surgery indus­try have ‘discovered’ hun­dreds of ways to deal with cellulite from injections and wraps to ultrasound and gi­ratory massage.  Here are a few of them: 

Medi-Cell – studies the cell structure and blockages in the connective tissue and uses a non-invasive, high frequency ultrasound treat­ment that breaks down the toughened fatty deposits that cause the cellulite.

Body Wraps -  the body may or may not be meas­ured in various places before the treatment which usually involves some form of deep exfoliation, massage with essential oils and an applica­tion of mud or seaweed, fol­lowed by wrapping the body in bandages or plastic.  The results are usually a reduc­tion in water retention, de­toxification, breaking down of the fat cells and a general feeling of well-being.

Cellulolipolysis - this treatment is slightly more drastic; needles are inserted under the skin, which are at­tached to an electrical cur­rent.  The theory is that fat cells use up energy when putting up resistance to the current and this gives the lymphatic and circulatory systems a massive boost.  The treatment is painless, but must be carried out un­der medical supervision.

Ultrasound – the theo­ry of this system is to break down the waste depos­its, which when removed will enable cells to function more effectively, this is quite popular and usually involves massage, dietary and exer­cise advice.

Nicola Roberts is the owner of Bellissima Hair and Beauty in Los Gigantes, Playa San Juan and San Eugenio Alto. For information or appoint­ments please call 922 867 343, 697 902 361 or 922 719 355.

* Stressed out?  All massag­es half price every Saturday at Bellissima, Playa San Juan.

* Dry, spotty, dull skin?  Fa­cials half price every Friday.

* Pale, healthy and uninter­esting?  Spray tan half price (15 euros) every Saturday.

Bellissima, San Eugenio Alto.
By Nicola Roberts

This article appears in the print edition 605 of Island Connections

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