Instagram Is Obsessed With Foam Rolling To Reduce Cellulite But Does It Actually Work?
Mostly prevalent in women, cellulite, is a skin condition that causes the skin to look dimpled but before you go around cursing it, you need to understand that cellulite is the most natural thing and we all have it. So, if rocking your natural body is what you love doing, then we're cheering you on. However, if you feel like it is lowering your self-confidence, there is an old-made-new method that is taking over social media which can help reduce its visibility while giving also you glowing skin. Intrigued? Well, the miracle method we’re talking about is foam rolling. This technique has been around for years and mostly used for stretching and toning the body.
Now, thanks to the quarantine, people are going gaga over the fact that this simple method can also help get rid of those skin lines and cellulite. So, does foam-rolling actually work or is it just another skincare myth? Scroll down to get all the deets on the internet's latest obsession.
What Causes Cellulite?
Before we get into the solution, you first need to understand what it is and why it happens. The most popular theory of what causes cellulite is the collection of fat underneath the skin. Everyone has a layer of fat separating their skin and muscles; cellulite is formed when the skin present above certain areas of fat is pulled down to the deeper tissues by the connective tissue bands. This leads to an uneven surface. Once your skin starts to lose its elasticity and thickness, it starts to reveal the connective tissues underneath.
Cellulite can occur anywhere on your body- the hips thighs, buttocks, arms and even near the breast area. Genes, body fat, age, body type are all these factors that play a part in the development of this skin condition.
Does Foam-Rolling Actually Work?
Well, the foam-rolling method is not exactly false, but it’s not a permanent solution either. According to many experts, while this does help reduce the visibility of cellulite, it is, however, a temporary solution. Foam rolling loosens the fascia, smoothens out the fat underneath the skin, and eliminates the lumpy areas, in turn reducing the visibility of cellulite while also encouraging lymphatic drainage in cellulite-prone areas. So, in short, this method sort- of works. It does reduce the appearance of cellulite on the body, but only for a short period of time.
Foam-Rolling Exercises To Reduce Cellulite
Check out these popular foam-rolling exercises that help reduce cellulite on your thighs and butt. You can also go ahead and include the Glow Iridescent Brightening Body Lotion by MyGlamm into your beauty routine to keep your skin hydrated and give it a long-lasting glow.
The Back-Thigh Roll
For this, you will need to sit on the floor and keep your legs stretched out in front of you.
Place the foam roller on your upper thighs, right below your butt and keep your hand planted on the floor behind you for support with your fingertips turned inward, facing your backside.
Next, slowly lift your body up while keeping most of the weight on your hand and start rolling back and forth, in turn moving the roller in the process. Do this daily to reduce the visibility of cellulite on your thighs.
The Tush Roll
To reduce cellulite near your buttocks, simply sit on top of the roller with your heels on the floor in the front and your hands planted on the floor at the back.
Once you’ve got a good grip, roll the hips and drop your knees down toward the right, then to the left. Continue rocking back and forth for 8 to 10 reps. This will help strengthen the collective tissue and flush out toxins from the body.
While you might not be able to get rid of cellulite permanently with this method, it does give you temporary relief from it by promoting lymphatic drainage, while also increasing the flow of blood to all parts of the body, leaving you with glowing, cellulite-free skin.
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