What is it?
Cellulite is completely harmless but rather unattractive. Basically, it’s fat beneath the skin that appears bumpy because it’s pushing against connective tissue. That doesn’t mean you have to be overweight to have it as there are numerous causes such as a poor diet, slow metabolism, lack of exercise, dehydration and hormonal changes – to name a few.
How do you get rid of it?
Exercise is the obvious choice, with plenty of focus on the legs like walking, squats and yoga. Alternatively, you could try cosmetic creams and other beauty techniques like laser treatments and liposuction (although some experts say this might actually make it worse!).
On the other hand, you could go in for a bit of pampering and head to one of Doha’s spas for a treatment that’s designed to get your body swimwear-ready in no time.
Quadruple Thigh Pass
QR450, 60 minutes
Bliss Spa, W Doha (4453 5000)
This is a four-step anti-cellulite treatment that combines circulation-stimulating essential oil blends with vacuum-assisted thigh-smoothing, alongside toxin-purging massage and lymph clearing. Now there’s a mouthful! It takes six sessions but after that you’ll be ready to show off your pins.
Slimming detox body wrap
QR650, 90 minutes
eforea: spa, Hilton Doha (4423 3444)
Using an all-natural spirulina algae treatment, this warm wrap imparts essential vitamins, minerals and protein to nourish and revitalise your body. It’s followed by a refreshing massage with detoxifying organic juniper and fennel oil.
Coffee anti-cellulite body wrap
QR550, 60 minutes
Bay View 26 Wellness Centre, Moevenpick Hotel (4496 6410)
The pure micronised green coffee used for this slimming and toning wrap is naturally rich in chlorogenic acid, polysaccharides, proteins and essential oils, which are meant to smooth and enhance your skin’s overall texture. It’ll stimulate your body’s ability to break down fat, increase your metabolism and eliminate water retention thereby visibly reducing any dimply areas. Men can also try out this treatment as an abdominal shaping sports wrap.
Contouring body wrap
QR450, 55 minutes
Saray Spa, level 7 of the Renaissance Doha City Centre Hotel (4419 6090)
This treatment provides both slimming and contouring benefits that are produced by the use of seaweed extracts and nutrients. Essentially, it will sharpen the contours of your figure. Also included is a relaxing face and scalp massage that will promote rest throughout the treatment, which they say is powerful!
Slim and firm silhouette
QR1,200, two hours
Guerlain Alfardan Spa, Level 29, Alfardan Towers, West Bay (4499 9250)
Choose from a single two-hour session, or four and eight session packages to really get your body in shape. This new treatment incorporates an invigorating body polish, cocooning wrap and a manual massage technique that begins by relieving areas of pain and discomfort, as well as the application of an exclusive slimming and firming concentrate. It aims to firm and tone your skin, while redefining your figure.
Body polish or customised
Prices and timings vary
Remede Spa, The St Regis (4446 0300)
Either of these treatments at the Remede Spa will help aid the visible reduction of cellulite as they both have nourishing benefits that detoxify your skin and leave it feeling soft and vibrant. The therapists here customise each treatment to meet the needs of the customers so each encounter will be different.
Signature detox massage
QR480, 50 minutes
Six Senses Spa, Sharq Village & Spa (4425 6999)
This aromatic oil-based Six Senses signature treatment uses lymph massage techniques as well as invigorative and stimulating methods for stubborn areas of cellulite. The therapist concentrates on your legs, hip, stomach and upper arms using a pressure of your choice. The idea is for it to cleanse the body and mind by recovering the connective tissue and topography of the skin.
Haenni Glatt body wrap
QR1,800, 150 minutes
Six Senses Spa, Sharq Village & Spa (4425 6999)
A rather unique treatment in Doha, the thalasso Haenni body wrap uses these exclusive all-natural products to reduce body volume between 40-70cm, tighten your skin, reduce cellulite, stretch marks and spider veins, allow for cosmetic lymph drainage, and leave your skin feeling oh-so smooth. The spa also sells Haenni Glatt products for you to have a go yourself (a complete home care set costs QR650).
QR350 per session
B/Attitude Spa, Beverly Hills Tower (4412 2046)
According to the therapists at B/Attitude Spa, LPG Endermologie is the only clinically proven treatment for cellulite and loose sagging skin. It uses a combination of aspiration and roller deep tissue massage to break down fat cells and cellulite, then drainage to leave the body toned and dimple-free. They offer lipomassage, cellulite smoothing, and firming and contouring treatments, among others.
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