Most mums will encounter cellulite at some point in their life. Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy loosen the connective tissues to enable the skin to become more elastic. These changes can make women more vulnerable to cellulite.
If the tone of these elastic fibres is compromised, fat cells can become engorged with lipid fats and begin clumping together. When cells become larger they press through the weakened connective tissue to the skin surface creating the mattress-like dimpling. Once the cellulite process has started, the plump fat cells can also press into the fine vascular and lymphatic systems, restricting oxygen supply and making it more difficult for the skin to rid itself of toxins. This is where birch comes in.
Silver Birch (Betula alba) is one of Weleda's favourite ingredients. The birch is traditionally linked to purification - the preferred material for the rods used in corporal punishment, and the switch used by flagellants to cleanse the soul. You'll be glad to hear that Weleda take a rather gentler approach to beat cellulite and detox! Today birch is used in bodycare products for its ability to purify the complexion to leave skin clear and bright.
Weleda's Birch Cellulite Oil (rrp £18.95 100ml) is 100% natural, contains no artificial preservatives or additives, and is specially formulated to tone and firm skin, and tackle those orange peel dimples on thighs and hips. It's made from organic birch grown in South Bohemia (the Czech Republic) and gathered from certified collection. The tender young birch leaves contain valuable flavanoids which encourage secretion or elimination processes to flush out toxins and restore skin radiance.
The leaf extract is combined with organic rosemary extract to stimulate skin circulation and metabolic processes, plus toning root extract of the Mediterranean Ruscus aculeatus (butcher's broom), together with skin-smoothing oils of revitalising apricot (Prunus armeniaca), vitamin-rich wheatgerm (Triticum vulgare) and replenishing jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) to refine skin texture.
To boost the effects of the massage oil, try Weleda's Birch Juice (rrp £9.50 200ml) which is a certified organic health supplement to help detoxify your body, healthily and naturally, and improve your skin from the inside out. Tests show that using these products together gives the best results (see below).
As well as helping you rediscover your vitality, a detox programme also brings beauty benefits: cleansing your system purifies the complexion to leave skin clear and bright. Add to a glass of water as a healthy drink, or for maximum health benefits add two table spoonfuls (30ml) to a bottle of mineral water to consume at regular intervals through the day. A 3-6 week course is recommended to help improve vitality.
A dermatological study confirmed that when using Birch Cellulite Oil twice daily over 28 days in combination with Birch Juice, testers' skin was on average noticeably 35% firmer and skin elasticity improved by 20%. Visible improvement of skin-structure was recorded in 85% of cases, and testers' skin showed a healthy 20-25% increase in blood circulation/ microcirculation. Tests were conducted independently by German dermatological specialists proDERM, Institut für Angewandte, Dermatologische Forschung GmbH, Hamburg, over 12 weeks, using Birch Juice for the first three weeks of the study.
A favourite with supermodel Erin O’Connor, this health supplement helps you spring clean your body healthily and naturally. It’s made from silver birch extract, without added sweeteners, and blended with refreshing lemon juice. As well as helping you rediscover your vitality, a detox programme also brings beauty benefits: cleansing your system purifies the complexion to leave skin clear and bright.
Weleda realises that busy mums have more to worry about than cellulite, which is after all a natural process. But when mums can find a little me-time, Birch Cellulite Oil can be incorporated into a pampering and nurturing programme to tone and firm skin, perhaps if you are considering returning to work and feel the extra body confidence would give you a much needed boost.