Italians Develop Anti-Cellulite Fabric
words by Carol King
Cellulite is the bane of many women’s lives, but thanks to researchers in Italy, they may soon be able to reduce the dreaded orange-peel-skin effect by wearing a fabric that helps eliminate it.
Called Allure, the fabric was designed by a company based in Como, Tessitura Taiana, which is said to have set the benchmark for textile innovation since 1933. The company says that the fabric helps stop cellulite by emitting infrared radiation.
Allure is a woven fabric that uses Emana, a polyamide-based yarn that incorporates a patented additive providing Far Infrared Ray (FIR) emission, which is an invisible part of the spectrum of sunlight. Tessitura Taiana says FIR emission interacts with skin and surrounding tissue to improve of blood microcirculation by up to 90%.
The company says the benefits of Allure include increased skin elasticity thanks to an enhanced production of collagen to make the skin appear younger and fresher; reduced cellulite signs thanks to the stimulated microcirculation and lymphatic drainage; and a slimming effect thanks to its extremely thin structure that means it’s invisible under normal dresses.
Tessitura Taiana research and development manager, Matteo Taiana, said: “It’s been an incredible adventure, which led us to success after... testing conducted in collaboration with researchers of the best European universities in order to arrive at a lasting effect with a fabric that incorporates polymer matrix bioactive mineral crystals which are able to activate infrared radiation.”
The company says that there are no adverse side effects on health ,and that the fabric has been tested and certified in the USA by a sample of 200 women. The developers say that some of the world’s top fashion companies will start to introduce Allure into their underwear, beachwear and sportswear product lines in the coming months.
Cellulite occurs when insufficient blood microcirculation causes an uneven distribution of the skin’s superficial temperature. The insufficiency generates the accumulation of liquids that make it difficult to drain the lymph and causes fat cells to swell thereby modifying the skin relief up to the epidermis, which results in an orange-peel appearance. Cellulite is reduced by preventing excessive swelling of skin fat cells and diminishing conjunctive tissue contraction.