Reader Q&A: "Does Anything Work to Reduce Cellulite?"
Posted 02/14/12 at 05:05AM by Audrey Fine
"I would say there are things you can do to improve it," says Borden. "Myofascia release -- or as i call it 'rolling out' -- helps eliminate the appearance of it because it breaks up the tissue."
Ok, but what is myofascia release? We wanted to know too, so we consulted Dr. Ben Kim's website, as he explains: "The goal with myofascia release is to promote healthy superficial fascia, which is a layer of connective tissue that lies between your skin and your muscles. Over time, sub-optimal food choices, lack of optimal rest and activity, and emotional stress can contribute to a buildup of metabolic waste throughout your body's superficial fascia. When this happens, your superficial fascia can develop restrictions that impede proper flow of nutrients and waste products between your skin, fascia, and muscles."
Myofascia release can be achieved via massage, but by "rolling" Borden's talking about using your own body weight to roll on a foam cylinder. The pressure -- a sort of self-massage -- helps to restore the "flow" that Kim referred to. [Editor's note: It hurts a lot the first couple of times but in a (kind of) good way.]
Can't picture yourself rolling around on a foam tube? Borden reminds us that, "old school strength and cardio work is still great -- any time you build muscle it keeps your metabolic rate higher and burns fat."
If you're looking for a solution that won't make you sweat, you can consult this list of creams that really do work at reducing the annoying dimpling. Another solution is to apply a self-tanner, sometimes some simple camouflage is the best plan of attack.
Hint: Before going for the faux glow, be sure to get your skin as smooth as possible by following these expert skin care tips.
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