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French women don’t get fat, drunk, face lifts, or touch themselves, in that way (the Divinyls way). But even the easygoing French worry about cellulite, a beauty problem so pervasive that it’s the same word in French and English. It is a word that sounds no better in a French accent. Through an enlightening conversation with Marie-Laure Fournier, a French beauty publicist who serves as the unofficial Gallic beauty ambassador to American beauty editors, I learned about how the French combat the most unglamorous of beauty problems.
Cellulite sounds no better with a French accent. What are French thoughts on it and the idea of fat?
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Despite how common it is, the condition remains notoriously hard to treat. “Cellulite is a complex architectural disruption that is largely happening deep in the skin and you won’t be able to penetrate that area with topical products,” says Evan Rieder, a dermatologist at NYU Langone Health. In-office procedures that use radio frequency devices or needles to break up fibrous bands can be effective for up to two years, while the effect of at-home treatments tend to be much more temporary, with some lasting hours or days.
If you do want to try taking on cellulite at home, there are some products that dermatologists say are better than most.
Today, we spend untold millions — if not billions — on anti-cellulite treatments, despite the glaring lack of evidence that any of them work. Which makes perfect sense, of course, because you cannot treat a condition that doesn’t actually exist.
Basically everyone has cellulite—how did it become an object of obsessive media scrutiny?
With regular sessions, devotees notice a slimmer, tighter silhouette. Or as von Mueffling explains, “it’s as if she puts your body in ‘restart’ mode.”
While this sounds like the stuff of French myth, the results are actually quite real
No one wants to hear that there's no solution to the problem that vexes them. And while we might be loathe to admit it, we don't want to find out that the solutions that do exist are time-consuming and difficult.
Ladies, it shouldn’t be news that anti-cellulite treatments don’t work. Or that cellulite is incurable. Also what shouldn’t be news-but, maddeningly, is-is that most anti-cellulite products and anti-aging creams are illegal and flourishing under the unconscionably laissez-faire FDA.
Cellulite and cellulitis, although different in their presentation both reflect a healing phase of a light self devaluation conflict relative to adipose (fat) tissue.
Creative minds have come up with treatments ranging from the logical (exercise and skin fillers) to the clearly bizarre (caffeine tights and body vacuuming.)
Most women (85%) and a small number of men have cellulite, usually on the thighs, buttocks and upper arms. It’s a normal pattern of fat for people of all shapes and sizes.
The dimpling of cellulite, or gynoid lipodystrophy as it’s medically known, is caused by alterations to the layer of fat beneath the skin, known as subcutaneous fat.
Your cellulite is normal and natural. Yet we've been taught to fear it, be disgusted by it, and feel ashamed about it. That leaves plenty of the facts about cellulite shrouded in dimply mystery. What even is cellulite? Where does it come from? And why does it only show up in certain places on your body?
French women don’t get fat, drunk, face lifts, or touch themselves, in that way (the Divinyls way). But even the easygoing French worry about cellulite, a beauty problem so pervasive that it’s the same word in French and English. It is a word that sounds no better in a French accent.
I’ve rounded up 7 ways to make sure that bod is looking fierce the next time you hit the pool or beach. Living in LA, we're quite spoiled with countless workouts and treatments on every corner but some of these tips can be used no matter where you are in the world.