How many times have you been in a communal changing room and seen the backs of someone’s legs in the mirror, and initially thought they couldn’t be yours? If this resonates with you, then read on as you are not alone; it’s estimated that anywhere from 80-93% of women have cellulite. So why does it happen and where did the cellulite come from? Women develop cellulite because they have weaker connective tissue and larger fat cells due to the effect of female hormones. Men, on the other hand, have much stronger connective tissue and much less subcutaneous fat, so they tend not to develop cellulite. What about puffiness, water retention and general heavy legs – what causes that? Anyone can be affected by leg swelling but it is more prevalent as we get older. Inevitable wear and tear over the years means that muscles aren’t as strong as they used to be, plus blood circulation slows down – so, after lengthy walks or standing for a long period of time, legs can start to feel heavy and swollen. Even the sleekest of legs can get puffy, pouchy pockets of fluid, or patches of dull, flaky and dry skin (did you know that the shins have the driest skin on the body!) Some of this is due to ageing which can lead to poor circulation, but actually we don’t have to put up with it; the Margaret Dabbs London Fabulous Legs range is uniquely formulated to re-energise your legs and improve the look and feel of them. How does cellulite impact our self-esteem and body image? While beauty standards are always evolving, one of the most common fitness goals is still to get rid of cellulite. We’ve all been told by the media, and maybe even our friends and family, that cellulite is ugly. Body image and self-esteem directly influence each other – and your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. If you don’t like your legs (or any part of your body), it’s hard to feel good about your whole self. But the truth is, it’s normal and something almost every woman has! But of course, that doesn’t have to stop us working to improve the appearance of the skin of our legs. It does wonders for our body confidence, and the truth of the matter is that if you use the right products and put a little time into your “beauty routine”, you will reap the benefits with “pins that feel and appear more slender and sleek, and skin which is more firmed and toned”. How can I reduce the appearance of cellulite? Research has shown that frequent body brushing and exfoliation can reduce the appearance of cellulite by up to 26% in as little as 2 weeks. Imagine leg products with scientifically proven ingredients added to that exfoliation and how much better your legs could look? Well here is the scrub that will help reduce that lumpy appearance of cellulite – MDL Toning Leg Scrub with V tonic. Is there a secret ingredient? The MDL firming Leg serum – with Legance TM, is clinically and scientifically proven to help to tone and firm the skin to reduce water retention and improve skin circulation. Used every day in place of body lotion, it immediately takes your body temperature down, has an immediate cooling effect and seriously feels like you are wearing invisible support stockings. With added Abyssinian oil and argan oil, the skin is hydrated, the legs are left feeling light and refreshed, and the legs are firmed, tightened and slender. How can I get the confidence to get my legs out and enjoy summer fashion? Wearing fewer clothes as we naturally do at this time of year not only uncovers more flesh, it uncovers feelings of self-judgement and inadequacy – but it really needn’t be this way. If you show your body some love, you’ll reap the rewards and improve your body confidence. A regular treatment regime will help to turn around the reflection in the mirror and the way your legs really look. Our toning Leg Scrub & Firming Leg Serum set contains an effective two-step treatment formulated with the innovative V-Tonic complex which helps to boost circulation, aid venous decongestion and reduce water retention and swelling. Build this simple pampering ritual into your daily life and you will be rewarded with firmed, toned, and great looking legs. And it’s not just your legs that will benefit – your confidence will sky-rocket, and you’ll be able to enjoy your summer without strict self-imposed dress restrictions!