The name can send chills down your spin and often conjures up negative emotions of insecurities, body-shyness and shame. Well, first things first, Cellulite is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about ladies. It’s just one of the not so pleasant things we go through by virtue of being Female. In fact, nearly 90% of women have cellulite. So just in case you are beating yourself over this, it’s time to take it easy on yourself. Two of the main things discussed among women are concerning this topic is;
- What is cellulite?
- How can one get rid of it?
What is Cellulite?
This is a term used to describe the clumpy, dimpled appearance of skin. It is caused by fat deposits that are just below the surface of the skin (Subcutaneous layer of the skin). This layer consists of several bands of connective tissue or collagen. However, when fats and fluids settle under the layer, it thickens and hardens resulting in a dimpled appearance.
In derma logical terms, cellulite is also known as Adiposis edematosa. It generally appears within the skin around the abdomen, thighs and especially in the butt area. When demystifying cellulite, it’s important to note that it is different from body fat. Cellulite is basically a collagen problem.
- It affects 90% of Women and 10% of Men.
- Genetics are a major determining factor in the appearance of cellulite.
- Smoking can affect the appearance of cellulite. (Cigarette smoking has been shown to reduce blood vessel flow. It also weakens and disrupts the formation of collagen. This allows for the connective tissue to become stretched and damaged more easily and for underlying fat to show through.)
- Diet and exercise can help to some extent to minimize the appearance of cellulite.
- Cellulite gets worse with age. (Hormones have a role to play in this. As women age, their body produces less Oestrogen — a hormone that helps keep blood vessels flowing smoothly. It is key in supporting a healthy lymphatic system. Less oestrogen can mean poorer circulation, which can also mean a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.)
- Cellulite also happens to women of all shapes and sizes. Even the healthiest, fittest woman can develop cellulite.
Can Cellulite be treated?
Thankfully, there are certain steps that can be taken to get rid of cellulite or at least reduce their appearance. Massage techniques that stimulate the lymphatic flow have been used for several years to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Other techniques such as laser, radio frequency therapy, heat therapy and electric stimulation are also effective methods but they require continuing treatments. They can be worth the try if you have the time and money to spend on them.
Other easy treatments include:
- Resistance training.
- Dry Brushing (This is basically running a dry soft-bristle brush over your bare skin. It helps with exfoliation and stimulating normal lymphatic flow).
- Eating healthy low-fat foods such as fruits, vegetables and fibers can help one to avoid cellulite. Junk food, including those with artificial flavors and colors will only make your cellulite worse.
N:B I strongly do not recommend creams as an option to getting rid of cellulite. (You are better of trying any of the light therapy methods mentioned above. Please be careful with such products. Do your due diligence and research a product thoroughly before deciding to use it.
Keep in mind that genetics also play a major role in the development of cellulite and there’s nothing you can do about that. Your job is to kick cellulite’s butt to the best of your ability. And as Skye Townsend says “We forget that stretch marks, cellulite and stomach fat is natural…that we are born human and physically can’t be perfect. We forget that God doesn’t make us out of plastic and silicone. We forget to be flawed.” Embrace your flaws and love your body ladies!