9 Things you should know about cellulite
There are some things that all of us should by now know about cellulite, such as that it’s not a type of fat and it does not only affect people with excess weight. Still, these well-known facts are not the only thing you may want to know about this unpleasant condition. Did you know, for instance, that cellulite is not incurable anymore? It used to be considered as such though, which by the way didn’t stop women from buying “magic” creams and lotions, but now technology has made it possible to smoothen your skin with a durable effect, and this, for a lot of money, of course. Here are some other less well-know facts about cellulite.
1. It’s caused by weakened collagen ties
First things first, so let’s get the origins of cellulite out of the way. Regardless of your weight, there is a layer of fat under your skin that makes it look smooth. This layer of fat is attached both to the skin and to the muscles underneath and there are collagen bands running through it. For a number of reasons, such as age, stress and hormonal fluctuations, these bands (imagine something like a net) weaken and the fat layer becomes uneven, as the collagen cannot hold it well, which shows on the skin and is known as cellulite.
2. Most of us have it
According to different sources in the dermatology world, somewhere between 90% and 95% of women have some form of cellulite. Yes, it’s not only common, but there are different kinds of cellulite, how unfair is this? One dermatologist explains that there are three types of cellulite, and almost every one of us has one or another of them somewhere on the body. Fortunately, there are also degrees of cellulite, and only the most severe ones actually show. We know, this might sound a bit depressing. Let’s get some good news then.
3. Exercise helps
Since it’s a myth that cellulite is caused by the toxins accumulating in your body, and so, drinking huge amounts of water can hardly fix things, one thing that has been found efficient is physical exercise. How does it work? Simple: it burns calories, hence, reduces the amount of fat stored in the fat layer, thus making the cellulite less noticeable. Interval training, for instance, is a good option, and so is yoga.
4. The sun does NOT help
We never tire of warning against the adverse effect of sunlight on your skin, and here’s one more: UV radiation specifically can aggravate the appearance of cellulite, because UV rays affect the collagen bands, weaken them further, and contribute to the orange peel appearance. Don’t spare your sunscreen.
5. Deep tissue massage does help
One of the major factors that play an important role in the appearance of cellulite is bad blood circulation. Any massage that improves that – and most of them do – can help reduce that unpleasant orange peel look. In fact, you can treat yourself to a massage using a rolling pin at home. Remember, however, that “reducing” the signs of cellulite does not mean curing it, just in case you expect a miracle cure. It’s still very good news that massages work, and you’re not reduced to saving money for liposuction, which doesn’t last, anyway.
6. Men get it too
The obvious reason why cellulite is more prevalent in women than in men is that we have more fat tissue, for genetic and evolutionary reasons. Also, we have more collagen binds to hold the fat layer, while in men these are much scarcer. Yet, you might be glad to hear that the guys are not immune to it neither, some get the orange peel skin too.
7. It’s genetic but you can beat it
Some women are more predisposed to cellulite than others, because their mothers and grandmothers were. The good news here is that the genetic factor is just one of many, and if you eat right, exercise regularly and don’t smoke, chances are that even when you get cellulite, it won’t be as bad, as it could’ve been otherwise. There’s a test for checking whether you carry the cellulite gene, by the way, but it’s expensive and not really worth it.
8. Watch your panties
This is related to the role of bad blood circulation in the development of cellulite. If you wear tight underwear, with elastic bands that bite into the skin, you’re increasing the risk of cellulite appearing in these areas, because the elastic will reduce blood flow to them. So, wear well-fitting underwear. It’s more comfortable than tight one anyway, right?
9. Take preventive action
More often than not, cellulite gets worse with age, because estrogen levels start to decline and this worsens circulation. So, the smart way to go about delaying it as much as possible is by taking preventive action, which basically includes all the things we’ve mentioned above: eat healthy, exercise regularly and forget about tight clothes and underwear. It’s good to know you have the fate of your skin in your own hands, isn’t it?