Cellulite is a collection of fat under the skin layer that resembles orange peel. When fat accumulates, they will push the skin, while the binding muscle tissue (septae) will be pulled down, resulting in an uneven or bumpy skin surface.
Cellulite is not a serious medical condition, but for some people, its presence can interfere with appearance. Cellulite can make you not confident to wear shorts or a swimsuit.
Cellulite cannot be removed, because to completely eliminate cellulite from your body you have to lift the whole septae from under your skin layer. However, there are several ways that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite in the body, one of which is caffeine.
Diligently drinking coffee can cover cellulite?
Although caffeine does have antioxidant properties that can help fight cellulite, the relationship between caffeine and cellulite cannot be based on drinking coffee only. Deposits of "stubborn" fat under the skin can also inhibit the work of antioxidants and absorption of nutrients in certain parts of the body. That is, drinking coffee as a reason to fight cellulite will not be effective because the antioxidant property of coffee will not reach the affected area easily.
Eating excessive caffeine from certain foods and drinks can worsen cellulite and symptoms. In addition to complaints of insomnia and heart palpitations, drinking too much coffee is believed to cause a buildup of toxins and fats which actually trigger cellulite to worsen.
Excessive caffeine levels in the blood can lead to increased levels of stress in the body. A study by the Duke University research team in 2002 showed that the effect of drinking coffee was a long-term effect and could worsen the physiological stress response of the body, both in blood pressure and stress hormone levels, which could increase the risk of obesity and cellulite. Some supporting compositions of coffee (such as cream, sugar, syrup) also contain extra calories which will refer to the accumulation of additional fat in the body.
However, caffeine has become an important part of a number of beauty care products because caffeine's active ingredients can break down fat and swell around fat tissue, tighten blood vessels, and soften the skin.
Is it effective for caffeine-based beauty products?
When applied topically, caffeine is believed to interfere with the activity of one enzyme in the cell, namely phosphodiesterase. The human body uses phosphodiesterase to prevent the breakdown of body fat. By inhibiting the work of phosphodiesterase, caffeine helps the body burn fat deposits. In addition, caffeine also facilitates blood flow, which is important to get rid of decomposed fats and toxins from the body.
Quoting from livestrong.com, the results of a study in the Journal of Cosmetology 2008 showed that anti-cellulite creams containing caffeine can reduce cellulite by 17% of the diameter of fat cells, while creams containing siloxanetriol alginate caffeine ( SAC) shows a decrease in cellulite appearance up to 26%. But keep in mind, this increase tends to be temporary and mild.
Another theory, caffeine reduces the appearance of cellulite by providing extra moisture for your skin. However, this theory has not been supported by medical research.
Are there other ways to cover cellulite?
Caffeine can cause dry skin effects, because the nature of caffeine can eliminate body fluids and cause the body to become dehydrated.
Certain foods, drinks, or substances are not the main factors causing cellulite to become more inflamed, but stress can worsen the development of cellulite. To reduce the appearance of cellulite naturally, enough to maintain body weight and exercise to strengthen the muscles of the body. Regular physical exercise activities can improve texture and skin tone.
Another alternative treatment is endermologie massage. This massage method uses tools such as rollers and suckers to massage the skin and facilitate blood circulation. The duration of massage ranges from 10-45 minutes and is done twice a week in several months.
If you feel very disturbed by the presence of cellulite on your skin, you can also consult a doctor about liposuction. Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove fat deposits in the body. However, this procedure will only remove deep fat. The American Academy of Dermatology does not recommend liposuction because this procedure might aggravate cellulite by creating pressure on the skin.
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