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Summer and Cellulite: A Complex Relationship and How to Manage It with Ease

Dear Friend,

Summer is the season of sun, sea, and vacations, but for many women, it also brings an aesthetic concern: cellulite. What is commonly called “orange peel” skin can become a source of discomfort when we reveal more of our bodies. But what exactly is cellulite, and why does it seem more noticeable during summer?

Cellulite is a condition affecting the subcutaneous connective tissue. It is characterized by a dimpled appearance of the skin, caused by the accumulation of fat in certain areas of the body such as thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. This fat pushes against the connective tissue, creating the orange peel effect. Remember, dear friend, there is nothing wrong with you. The causes are varied and include factors such as genetics—if your mother or sisters have cellulite, you might likely have it too. Hormones like estrogen, insulin, catecholamines, prolactin, and thyroid hormone can play a role in the formation of cellulite, as can poor circulation, which can worsen cellulite since inefficient blood flow hinders adequate toxin removal. Lifestyle also impacts its formation: a diet low in fiber and high in fat, a sedentary lifestyle, and smoking can contribute to its appearance.

In summer, the body is more exposed for tanning or cooling off from the heat. For these reasons, we prefer to wear light clothes, swimsuits, shorts, and skirts, which reveal parts of our body that are generally covered in winter, making cellulite more visible.

The idea of a “perfect body” is often emphasized by media and social networks, creating unrealistic expectations. This can lead to increased insecurity at the beach or pool, where comparisons with others are more likely. But remember friend, cellulite is a common and natural condition. However, if its appearance bothers you, there are ways to manage it without too much stress. As mentioned earlier, a foolproof method is thermographic analysis. As beauty operators, we can check your body, discover your thermal map, and identify the best ways to reduce the blemish. Diagnosis always aids treatment.

As always, I recommend a healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, fiber, and lean proteins, which can help reduce cellulite. Avoid foods high in sugars and saturated fats that can worsen the condition. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated in the heat and help your skin remain elastic, reducing toxin buildup. During the cooler hours, try to engage in regular physical activity. This good practice improves circulation and tones muscles, reducing the appearance of cellulite. Exercises like squats, lunges, and running are particularly effective. Treat yourself to a relaxing moment by asking my colleagues for a massage that stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage, helping to reduce cellulite.

The key to enjoying summer peacefully, regardless of cellulite, is to accept and love your body. Cellulite does not define your worth or beauty. Self-confidence and self-acceptance are essential to fully enjoy every moment, whether at the beach or in everyday life.

Cellulite is a reality for many, and although summer may make it more evident, it should not be a source of anxiety. With a balanced approach between body care and personal acceptance, it is possible to live serenely and enjoy the warm season. Remember, true beauty lies in feeling good about yourself and living with confidence and tranquility. Have a great summer!

See you soon,

Isa Skincare