An inquiry as old as cellulite itself. Numerous ladies, and a few men, feel that their cellulite is an immediate consequence of some activity or in real life on their part however is it accurate to say that this is truly the case? I will endeavor to clarify what cellulite is, the means by which it happens and in the process ideally lighten a portion of the blame a couple of you might feel.
So what is cellulite?
It is a change in the skin that occurs in most females and appears as dimpling or a ‘cottage cheese’ look in areas generally from the stomach down. The look of the skin is altered due to structural changes occurring under the surface, namely fat deposits collecting there. These fat deposits are contained within chambers and separated by collagen fibers underneath the skin. These chambers increase in size for a number of reasons including:
Genetics – There is an inherited likelihood of cellulite,
Becoming overweight – Too much fat in each chamber,
Age – The fibers shrink and tighten pulling the skin ‘downward’,
Hormones (Oestrogen) – Stimulates the storage of fat for purposes such as menstruation, pregnancy and breastfeeding,
Poor blood circulation – The fibers shrink due to lack of oxygen and the accumulation of waste products resulting in the tell-tale cellulite look,
Poor lymph drainage – The waste products can not be drained from the area and increase the fat cells,
Exercise – Or lack of, can be a cause as there is no increased blood flow to the areas,
High fat foods – An increase in fat intake can cause the excess fat to be stored in the problem areas,
Sun – Lengthy exposure to the sun accelerate the skin aging process,
Dieting – On and off dieting causes the body to store fat in the problem areas in preparation for the next ‘starvation period’, and
Stress – A highly stressful lifestyle causes the release of hormones which are associated with cellulite appearing.
How can I avoid cellulite?
The short answer is, maybe you can’t. There are a number of things you can do to reduce the likelihood, the amount and the time at which