Get a Better Booty

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We all want them, the elusive slender thighs and beautiful booty!  We are plagued with cellulite, spider veins and flabbiness!  With some effort, there are some ways to reduce, minimize, firm and camouflage.  This is booty boot camp!
#1 Nemesis:  Cellulite
Cellulite is that lumpy, bumpy, dimpled, cottage cheese, orange peel look that 80-90% of all women experience at some point.  It is fat that bulges through the mesh of connective fiber under our skin.  It primarily effects the thighs, buttocks and, for some people, the stomach. A doctor will say it's just fat, but I think there is more to it after my years of skin care and spa training. 

The fat cells in the thighs, derriere and stomach are sensitive to fluctuating female hormones which cause water retention and the breakdown of collagen fibers. As a result, fat looks puffier and skin and connective tissue become less elastic. It's Cellulite!  You may not be able to eliminate it, but with some determination, you can improve the look of it.  Ready for combat?  Here we go!

1.  Increase Circulation  
Better blood flow provides more nutrients to skin tissues and elimination of excess fluids aka toxins to help reduce the puffiness of the cellulite.

Dry Brush
Give yourself a dry brushing.  Use a dry body brush before a shower.  Not only does this stimulate circulation, it give you a nice exfoliation.  Start at your ankles with long strokes upwards. Work your way up each leg covering all sides of the legs.  Continue over your whole body. Exfoliating gloves are another option you can try.  Same idea as the brush but some people find them easier. 

Shower Mitt
Use a nubby rubber bath mitt in the shower or a body scrub in the shower.

Light Massage
Give your legs a daily light, almost tickley massage. This type of massage encourages lymph drainage.

Keep warm
Cold restricts blood flow to the surface of the skin.  Keep the skin warm with layers of clothing on cold days.

Exercise
Exercise increases circulation, warm the skin and firms the muscles.

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2. Tone the Muscles 
Exercise!  I know.  I don't want to do it either, but toning up the muscles makes the thighs and fanny look better. 
A combination of cardio and strength training works best. The cardio helps burn fat and strength training tones muscles.  

Hit the gym. A trainer will be able put together a workout to target the legs and derriere. Pliates, yoga, barre and Zumba classes are fun and fabulous for toning. If the gym doesn't strike your fancy, work out at home. Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

Walk it off  
Brisk walking is a good weight bearing exercise (good for our bones!) that is aerobic, tones muscles, and improves circulation.  Try some leg toning sneakers like Shape Ups, to intensify your walking workout.

Toning Exercises
Here are some easy and effective classic exercises to help tone the thighs and butt.
Lunges
Stand straight. Place hands on hips and step forward with your right foot. Right knee is bent 90 degrees so that it is over the ankle. Right foot is flat.  Left knee bends so left heel comes off the floor. Pause. Return to standing position, the repeat stepping with left foot. Do not do lunges if you have bad knees! 

Squats
Stand straight. Slowly bend knees and lower bum as if you are going to sit in a chair.  Raise arms in front of you for balance. Keep feet flat. Pause. Return to standing. Repeat.  Do not do squats if you have bad knees!

Inner Thigh Lift
Lie on your right side. Bend left knee and place it in front of right leg. Use left arm for balance. Raise right leg slowly. Pause and lower leg. Do a set with right leg. Then, do left leg.

Outer Thigh Lift
Lie on your left side with left knee bent a at 45 degree angle. Use right arm for balance.  Lift straight right leg off the floor. Lower it back down the just grazing the floor with your toe and lifting it again.  Continue without pausing for a set. Then, do left leg.
Glute Bridge
Lie on your back with knees bent, hip length apart. Feet are flat on the floor. Raise hips and squeeze the tush. Pause. Lower down to the floor just grazing it and raising hips again. Repeat.


3. Topical Creams
There are many topical cellulite treatment creams out there designed to help eliminate excess fluid and firm the skin which will help improve the appearance of cellulite.  Firmer skin will hold back the bulges better than flabby skin.  Some creams claim to breakdown fat. I'm not so sure a topical cream can do much breaking down of fat. Here's is a list of popular active ingredients and what they do.


Aminophylline  
A drug used in asthma treatment when applied to the skin, can reduce fat cells.

Bladder wrack 

A marine plant extract when applied to the skin, stimulates the metabolism of fat.

Botanical Extracts 

They are many plant and flower extracts use in cellulite creams to stimulate circulation and remove toxins. Some are Glaucine from the horned poppy, Cat's Claw and Horse Chestnut.

Caffeine  
Caffeine when applied to the skin is inflammatory and helps remove excess fluid.

Capsicum  

Pepper. Stimulates circulation.

CoEnzyme Q10 

Anti-oxidant naturally produced by the body helps to firm the skin.

Essentials Oils 

Penetrate the skin easily and detoxify. Cypress, Grapefruit, Juniper, Rosemary, Sage, Tangerine.

Green Tea 

Anti-oxidant that improves the appearance of the skin.

L-Carnitine 

This is an amino acid that naturally occurs in the body. It helps breakdown fat when applied to the skin.

Retinol 

This is a vitamin A derivative that stimulates collagen production strengthen connective tissue.

Seaweed and Algae  

They both help detoxify, eliminating excess fluid and also firm the skin when applied topically. 



A Cellulite Cream to try
Murad Firm and Tone
contains Sunflower seed oil, Rice Amino Acids, Algae Extract, Citrus Oils

4. Body Wraps and Salt Scrubs
Salon and spa body wraps containing herbs, essential oils, algae and seaweed will help improve cellulite by removing fluids from fatty deposits and conditioning the skin.  A salt scrub done before a wrap will enhance the penetration of the active ingredients in the wrap.  A Lymph Drainage Massage in conjunction with a body wrap will enhance the elimination of fluids even more.  Use an anti-cellulite cream at home to prolong the effects of the body wrap.


5. Camouflage
Start spreadin' the self tanner! A tan gives the illusion of less cellulite. Many salons and spas offer airbrush tanning which gives you a beautiful even tan.  For at home tanning and toning, Fake Bake Sunless and Skinny is a firming, toning self tanner containing seaweed and copper to detoxify and firm the skin.
Click here for How to Apply Self Tanner


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6. Watch your Diet
There are many foods that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
The Anti Cellulite Diet

Eat your Veggies

Fruits and vegetables contain anti oxidants and phyto chemicals  that help keep the skin firmer. Eat at least 5 different kinds of fruits and veggies per day.

Vitamin C 
Vitamin C helps rebuild collagen which makes your skin firmer. The RDA is only 75mg. for women.  Up to 2000mg. per day is tolerable.  Some foods high in C are broccoli, grapefruit, oranges, potatoes, bell peppers, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Drink water 
The kidneys need a constant supply of water to eliminate excess fluids effectively.  8-10 glasses are recommended  each day.

Limit your sugar
It can cause water retention and inflammation. 25 grams is all the added sugar that is recommended for women.

Eat foods with diuretic properties 
Some of them are alfalfa,apples, asparagus, beets, chamomile tea, cucumber, grapes, parsley, strawberries, watercress and watermelon. 

Calcium
It helps prevent fluid retention.  Some foods high in calcium are baked beans, broccoli, cheese, dark leafy greens,
sesame and flax seeds, tofu, almonds, brazil nuts, fortified juices and soymilk, milk, cheese, yogurt  and surprise, dried herbs! Savory tops, celery seed, thyme, dill, marjoram, rosemary, sage oregano and basil are dried herbs that are high in calcium. 

Vitamin B6
It helps prevent fluid retention.  Eat these foods: Cod, Atlantic Salmon, Yellow Fin Tuna, garlic, bananas, bell 
peppers, broccoli, spinach, baked potatoes including skins, 
yams, green peas, asparagus, turnip greens,peanuts, 
cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, sesame and sunflower seeds, whole wheat, cereals, bran, wheat germ, brown rice, chick peas, lentils, soybeans, kidney beans, chili powder. If you take a B6 supplement, take no more than 100 mg.  B6 can be toxic.

Limit caffeine and salt 
They both can cause water retention.


7. Laser Etc.
Med spas and cosmetic doctors offer various infrared, LED, radio frequency and laser treatments, such as Smart Lipo, to treat cellulite. These treatments are designed to breakup and dissolve fatty tissue. The liquefied fat is then eliminated by the body over a course of a few days.  The treatments also encourage the growth of collagen and help tighten the skin.  The cost and length of treatment varies according to the what type of procedure is performed.  Visit dermanetwork.org for a great list of treatments. 


What Doesn't Help
Any mechanical devices that apply suction, rolling and pressure. They can damage already weakened connective tissue.

Liposuction.  It removes fat from the deep layer of fat leaving the superficial layer of fat and skin looking more flabby.

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Spider Veins
Another nemesis! Spider veins are tiny blood vessels in the skin that have become dilated on enlarged.  The tendency to get them is an inherited trait. Pregnancy, weight gain, excessive sun exposure, injuries and smoking cause them. 

1. Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins.  A doctor injects saline or other substance into the problem veins.  This causes the veins to stick together shutting the veins down. Sclerotherapy is a wintertime project because there can be some bruising and use of compression stockings. Laser Therapy and Intense Pulse Light Therapy are also used to treat spider veins.


2. Camouflage Them!
Self tanner is a great way to hide spider veins. Another option is leg makeup.  Many brands are waterproof, such as Smart Cover and The Right to Bare Legs, so you can even go swimming wear them!

3. Prevention 
Sunblock 
Wear sunblock to protect the skin and veins from UV damage. 

Vitamin C 
Eat a diet rich in Vitamin C which help strengthen blood vessels.

Exercise
Exercise to improve circulation and strengthen veins. Walking is particularly good.

Follow the nun's rule 
Cross your legs at the ankles not at your knees to allow proper blood circulation.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Don't Smoke!


Beauty is all about maintenance
Thanks for visiting!

xo
Jill