Reducing the Appearance of Cellulite and Sagging Skin

Cellulite and loose skin often go hand-in-hand with aging, mostly due to the way in which the skin begins to lose elasticity, especially after the age of 50. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which you can reduce the appearance of these skin issues, from eating foods that boost elasticity to using products that will help to tighten your skin.

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Diet and Nutrition
The foods that you eat have a huge impact on your skin, and if you are trying to reduce the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin, it only makes sense to eat more of the foods that are able to help you on this quest. Foods that are low in calories but high in protein will help to strengthen your skin’s connective tissues, while fruits and vegetables will contain plenty of beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Another easy way to boost your skin’s elasticity is by ensuring that you stay hydrated, as dehydration will only exacerbate any cellulite or sagging skin. If you have a difficult time keeping your diet on track, it may be worth investing in some vitamins and supplements to ensure that your skin is receiving all of the nutrients that it needs.

Creams
There are so many different cellulite creams out there, and if this is a route that you want to take, it is important to remember that, chances are, the results that you will see are only going to be temporary. Products that contain caffeine are great for temporarily tightening the skin, while those containing vitamin A will help to thicken the outer layer of skin, therefore making any bumps much less visible.

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Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is a technique that has been practiced around the world for centuries, but only became popular in the US in the 1960’s. Dry brushes are easily available, and while this may seem like a method that is slightly too simple to help with the seemingly impossible task of banishing cellulite, it is actually extremely efficient. Dry brushing works by softening the hard fat cells that gather under the skin, thereby helping to distribute them more evenly around your body, while also clearing away the toxins that cause damage to the skin’s connective tissues.

Self-Tanner
Using a self-tanner is another temporary method to reduce the appearance of cellulite, and to make your skin appear much tighter overall. The darker your skin color is, the less obvious your cellulite will seem, but it is important to only use a sunless tanner, as UV rays will only break down your natural collagen even more. There are many different self-tanning products out there, from lotions to sprays, making this method ideal if you need a quick and easy fix, as well as a boost in confidence, for a day at the beach.

Cellulite and sagging skin are both extremely common, and while women all over the world may spend millions each year on anti-cellulite treatments, it is always worth seeking out the more gentle and natural solutions first. From adding collagen-boosting foods to your diet, to dry brushing your cellulite away, these methods are all worth trying if you are looking for skin that is smooth, firm and tight.

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Skin Care for Beach Season – OROGOLD Reviews

Now that beach season is here, many of you will be spending more time out in the sun, baring your skin in the latest swimwear. Rather than feeling anxious about any body issues that you may have, take a look at OROGOLD’s skin care tips for beach season, so that you can confidently strut your stuff on the sand this summer.

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Preventing Breakouts
Baring more skin means that you will be worrying more about breakouts. Although salicylic acid is great as a spot treatment for existing problem areas, OROGOLD recommends using a product that contains glycolic acid. Most breakouts are caused by dead skin cells that are trapped in the pores by a glue-like substance, and glycolic acid helps to dissolve this, not only clearing current breakouts but also prevent new ones from occurring.

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Cellulite
Cellulite is a common body issue, especially as we age. There are plenty of cellulite creams on the market, and although they won’t banish your cellulite for good, they can be effective at reducing the visibility of cellulite. The trick is to regularly massage them into your skin rather than briefly applying a layer, and this will help minimize those dimples.

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Unwanted Body Hair
There are only a couple of methods for permanent hair removal, with laser being the most common. However, this takes a few sessions, and you will be required to stay out of the sun for a couple of days after each treatment, which is why it is usually best to do this in the winter. Laser hair removal is also quite costly, so, for a cheaper method, OROGOLD recommends sticking to waxing or shaving. The only downsides to these are that you will need to do it regularly, and take certain precautions to avoid problems such as razor burn and ingrown hairs. For more information, take a look at our OROGOLD article on how to avoid ingrown hairs.

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Dry Skin and Small Bumps
If you have areas of your dry skin on your body, it is extremely important that you regularly exfoliate to remove any dead skin cells, as these build up on your skin and give you a dull, dry and rough complexion. They also clog up your pores, which then leads to breakouts, and stops your moisturizing products from properly penetrating the skin and working to their full effect. In addition to helping with dry skin, regular exfoliation will also help to prevent any unsightly bumps from forming, commonly referred to as chicken skin, as these are also caused by plugged pores.

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Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are a common issue that can have many women feeling extremely self-conscious, but not able to fork over the big bucks to pay to have them professionally removed. If this is the case for you, OROGOLD recommends using a cotton swab to strategically apply a self tanning bronzing mousse over your light marks, and carefully blend them in.

When it comes to caring for your skin in the summer, always remember that a good self-tan can help to cover up many issues, from an uneven skin tone to the appearance of cellulite. When in the sun, always remember to regularly apply a broad spectrum sunscreen, and don’t forget about protecting your eyes and lips either!

What Happens to Skin As You Age? OROGOLD Reviews

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and as the main shield between you and the environment, it encounters huge amounts of abuse. To help you better understand the phases that your skin goes through, OROGOLD looks at what happens to your skin as you age.

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Your Thirties
Aging concerns usually begin at around 30 years of age, as during teenage years, as well as in your twenties, lines would have not yet started to form. By the time you reach your thirties, collagen, which gives skin its strength, and elastin, which gives skin its flexibility, begin to get weaker, leading to the start of wrinkles and ‘expression lines’. You may also begin to lose some skin tone in your thirties, as the elastic that supports your lymph nodes starts to weaken, causing puffiness around the eyes and a duller complexion. OROGOLD recommends upgrading to a more hydrating moisturizer once you reach this stage in life, as the products you used in your twenties are likely to not be rich enough to meet your skin’s new needs.

Woman in her forties sitting on a sofa.

Your Forties
Lymphatic drainage is the way in which the body gets rid of toxins, and once you reach your forties, this begins to drastically slow down. The body also starts to produce less sebum, which is the skin’s protective outer coating that protects it from the environment, meaning that you will now be more vulnerable to external factors such as pollution or a smoky environment. By the time you reach your mid-forties, certain hormones, such as estrogen, stop being produced, meaning that the skin around your neck and chest may start to sag and wrinkle more. In addition to this, more fat deposits, also known as cellulite, are deposited around your hips and thighs, bringing about the dreaded ‘orange peel’ effect. OROGOLD recommends massaging your face each day when applying moisturizer, to increase circulation. You can also have a look at some of the firming facial treatments available, which help to replace the lost sebum.

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Your Fifties
Your fifties are when age spots, patches of pigmentation, begin to appear on your skin, as your cells produce this pigment in the absence of sun. It is also possible that your pores increase in size, as your skin becomes much looser and each pore opening seems more pronounced. Wrinkles are usually apparent by this stage, as your collagen and elastin are too weak to support the skin cells. OROGOLD suggests using a Vitamin A product that is retinol based, as this will help to firm the skin, and, when used regularly, will help to speed up the production of collagen, as well as the production of new skin cells.

As you age, your skin becomes drier, and moisture becomes more important than ever. Although the rate at which you age is partially dependent on genetics, your lifestyle choices also play a huge role, and there are plenty of great serums, moisturizers and nourishing masks that you can purchase to help keep your skin as youthful, healthy and hydrated as possible.