Cellulite On Women: What You Need To Know

Many people consider cellulite a medical condition. Even the medical community has a series of very disease/illness sounding names for it: adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis and gynoid lipodystrophy. It also has a nice range of colloquial terms: the mattress phenomenon, hail damage, cottage cheese skin and orange peel syndrome.

In fact, cellulite has nothing to do with health. It’s a cosmetic condition that involves fat beneath the skin. This fat shoves against connective tissue and makes the skin surface look bumpy, dimpled and almost spongy. While men do get cellulite, anywhere between 90 and 98 percent of these cases occur in women. There are studies that believe this is because cellulite is closely tied to estrogen, the compound vital to female development and function. It is also believed that body fat can be a contributor and women tend to have more than men.

 

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Cellulite technically has three categories of visibility and grade.

  • Grade 1 is near invisible and can only be seen under a microscope.
  • Grade 2 can be hard to detect with the eye but there will be a pastiness to the skin, lowered temperature and decreased elasticity in the skin.
  • Grade 3 will have the symptoms of the other grades and will have the familiar orange peel appearance that makes cellulite so obvious.

Cellulite has nothing to do with size or weight. The medical community believes there are many factors involved. For the most part they are only theories as no science has really pinned down the exact causes.

  • The consumption of carbs, fat, salt and not enough fiber has been associated with women that have heavy amounts of cellulite.
  • Smokers and women who have a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to have cellulite.
  • Tight clothes and underwear with tight elastic around the buttocks can limit blood flow. This can contribute to cellulite.
  • There are specific genes associated with the development of cellulite. As our genes are hereditary, some individuals may be predisposed to cellulite. It’s likely if cellulite runs in the family, the current generation will experience it.
  • Outside of estrogen, other hormones like insulin, thyroid hormones, prolactin and noradrenaline play a role in cellulite production.

 

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Other influences are dehydration, color and thickness of skin, slow metabolism, inflammation and fad dieting.

The most common areas for cellulite on women are around the buttocks and legs. This is because that’s where the majority of body fat is located on the female. While weight really has nothing to do with cellulite, the more one carries the more severe cellulite can appear.

Cellulite is a condition that not many women are comfortable with. In 2008, women spent in the vicinity of $47 million to rid themselves of cellulite. Unfortunately, most of the market products are found to be lacking, offering little to no improvement. There are therapeutic approaches like massages, heat therapy and ultrasound applications. Yet again, none of this has medically been proven to be effective. There are advanced cellulite treatments that can be discussed with a doctor or a dermatologist.

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How to Repair Chipped Wood Furniture

One broken corner or a missing piece of wood can ruin the beautiful look of wood furniture. A simple technique can restore furniture to its original condition. With some basic supplies, such as polyester resin and sandpaper, damaged wood furniture can look like new again in about an hour.

 

Step One: Replacing the Missing Wood

Replacing the missing wood is begun with the use of polyester resin, or wood filler, which can be easily molded to the shape of the missing wood. This material is similar to wood putty and hardens when dry.

Before the wood filler is applied, the furniture should be placed in a convenient position with drop cloths used to catch any spills. If the repair is to be done on an outside corner, a piece of thin board or wood cut to the shape of the corner or missing wood chip can be used as an outline. A line drawn on the wood is helpful in marking the exact place where the resin is to be filled in. Applying a light layer of WD-40 helps to keep the putty from sticking to it. The wood can then be clamped to the furniture.

The polyester resin wood filler comes with a hardener which should be mixed in before use. The hardener transforms the putty into a rock-hardening material. The more hardener that is used, the quicker the putty will set up.

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At this point, the polyester resin can be applied with a putty knife onto the damaged area where the wood was chipped off the furniture. It is important to get the material in place before it hardens. It doesn’t have to look neat at this point, as it will be shaped when it hardens. The material should be about the same thickness as the chipped piece of wood.

The next step involves shaping the resin before it becomes too hard to cut. While the resin is still tacky and pliable, the excess should be removed with a utility knife. The knife should be cut in a straight angle along the piece of wood that supported the resin, following the markings that were made to designate the shape of the corner or chipped area. A cut slightly larger than the damaged area is best, as it can be shaved down to size later. The clamps and piece of wood can be removed once the putty is firm enough.

 

Step Two: Shaping and Smoothing

The resin can be filed down, using a sharp microplane or files and rasps in back and forth motions until it is shaped, paying close attention to edges. Next, the surface should be smoothed with sandpaper. For curves, sanding paper wrapped around various size dowels can be used for the best outcome.

 

Restoring the Color and Finish

Since resin material does not accept stain, artist acrylic paint can be used. Various shades of acrylic paint similar to the furniture’s color can be mixed together with water in order to achieve a similar shade and applied with light, even strokes. If the color doesn’t match, more coats can be applied, using various shades. The last step is to apply several light coats of lacquer gloss spray for a beautiful finish.

For more tips like this, you should seek advice from Ethnicraft’s wood furniture experts.

 

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