However, everybody should also have the option to treat it without scrutiny if it makes them feel like the best version of themselves. There are a number of fad products on the market that claim to banish cellulite, but in reality, there are very few things that will clear up what is a totally normal aspect of our bodies.
Everybody has cellulite and we shouldn’t be ashamed to say it. The dimples in our thighs should be celebrated and no number of Google searches for “cellulite reducing creams” should say otherwise.
Of course, A-listers are known for not having a fine line in sight – so what do they *actually* turn to, in order to keep their skin dimple-free and glowing?
Introducing, Shane Cooper, aesthetician and Instagram legend (seriously, go to his page if you love a satisfying video).
Hailing from a pop-up-style shop in Essex, the 30-year old offers bespoke head-to-toe treatments for a wealth of celebrity clients, along with royalty, bound to NDAs that prevent them being named publicly (we’ll leave that to the imagination).
Shane was inspired to start when his own mum was looking for treatments and he spotted a gap in the market – when each clinic she went to provided the same experience for each client and nothing was bespoke – which can prove to be unsafe when it comes to skin, as what is right for one person, may not be right for the next.
Shane told GLAMOUR UK: “I think results sell a treatment, I’m fortunate to be in the social media age where pictures of my results are seen across the globe within seconds.
“Watching my clients confidence flourish and become more confident and happy in their own skin without going under a knife to change themselves is a powerful feeling.”
The treatment itself can be used on the stomach, flanks and thighs, and involves electrical pulses (using Radio Frequency and Dynamic Muscle Activation) running over your skin to deliver non-invasive fat-cell removal and lymphatic drainage, as well as skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.
Opting to iron out the back of my thighs, the treatment involves intense pulses, which if you’re looking for relaxation – this probably isn’t for you. As the pulses increase, being able to feel your muscles spasm isn’t the most comfortable of lie-downs, but having such a strong sensation at least gives you the feeling that it *might* be doing something.
The treatment (averaging around £300 per session), lasts around one hour, and you can expect to achieve optimal results between weeks 4 and 6 post-treatment – although it’s recommended that you opt for multiple sessions to maintain. Best of all, aside from a little bit of bruising, there’s no downtime required and you can carry on as usual.
But does it work?
I could see a difference straight away. It wasn’t huge – but a few dimples here and there had certainly disappeared, my bum looked lifted (like, surgical-level lifted) and by week 4, my skin felt firmer and I could see my cellulite reduced. For one treatment, the results are pretty astounding, especially when there’s scientific proof that cellulite can be a tougher bodily feature to get rid of – but if I had a few more treatments, I do believe it could be banished for good.
Anti-cellulite treatments can’t substitute a healthy lifestyle, and keeping a good balance is the key to prolonging the results, but if you’re considering a solution for what *can* be an unwanted aspect of many women’s lives, LipoFirm could prove a great option for many.
A student is tackling period poverty in the best way at her university
It’s no secret that period poverty is a rising issue within the UK, and despite the announcement of free sanitary products for primary and secondary schools, the lack of funding behind making periods an easier time for all women is, quite frankly, worrying.
And for university students, it’s no different. Drawing and Print student, Daisy Wakefield from the University of West England, noticed the issue of fellow students being unable to afford proper sanitary products and decided to act when her Bristol-based university failed to.
Using £100 of her own student loan, Daisy helped to provide free tampons for women across all campuses, even adding her own touch by designing personalised packaging across the 40 boxes.
Announcing her decision on Instagram, Daisy told followers: “After many emails saying ‘I’ll get back to you’ or ‘I’m not sure’, I’m tired of @uwebristol not addressing the crisis that is period poverty in the UK. Therefore, I, Daisy Wakefield have been forced to take matters into my own hands by supplying FREE sanitary products on all @uwebristol campuses.”
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UWE said in response to Daisy’s campaign: “Period poverty is a global issue and we’re pleased UWE Bristol students are passionately advocating for change. The university does not currently supply free sanitary products on campus, though we would be pleased to meet with students to understand if there is an emerging need for this.”
Since Daisy’s post went viral on social media, other students are now working together to tackle the issue – but supplying free tampons is just the start.
After July, Daisy will no longer be a student, so is encouraging people to put pressure on universities, local MPs and workplaces to make supplying period products standard practise.
We salute you.