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Conquer your cellulite.

From energising massages to wonder workouts and magic potions, there are many ways to fight dimpled skin

THANKS to endless hours spent on office chairs and many nights dedicated to couch surfing, cellulite has found a comfy home in our bodies.

Call it what you like- orange peel, cottage cheese or fat spots, cellulite can strike at any age and make any body type its victim.

Yes, even skinny girls aren't spared.

" It's actually an issue of weak connective tissues. When the bands of connective tissue that separate the layer of normal fat from the dermis ( the middle layer of skin) slacken, freefloating fat cells penetrate the weakened lattice and become trapped just below the surface of the skin. It's this trapped fat that results in the dimpling of the skin which we call cellulite," explains Mumbai- based cosmetic physician Dr Rashmi Shetty.

From Kim Kardashian to Sonam Kapoor, nearly 90 per cent of women suffer from cellulite. Poor lymphatic lineage, lack of exercise, sluggish blood flow, sedentary lifestyle, overeating and hormones -- are the multiple reasons that lead to it. " Most commonly affected areas are arms, stomach, glutes, thighs and legs. This is because of the effect of gravity as well as these areas are prone to lymphatic blockage," adds Dr Lokesh Kumar, senior consultant- Cosmetic Suregry, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.

Though there is no permanent cure for cellulite, making appropriate changes in your diet, exercise and lifestyle can definitely prevent as well as reduce its appearance. " Just like there is no definite cause to cellulite, there is also no single method to beat it. From an appropriate diet and exercise, to massages, creams and cosmetic treatments, you need to do multiple things to tackle dimpled skin," advises Dr Shetty. F EMAIL rounds up a few cellulite- busting techniques that stimulate circulation and boost collagen production to give you the best results.

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Date:Jul 4, 2013
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