Chances are, if you have cellulite, you know it. But you may not know what causes this condition or what can be done to reduce its appearance. I mean, what IS cellulite anyway?
So here’s the deal with cellulite: For those who don’ t know, cellulite is a collection of fatty tissues that look like dimpled skin, often found in the thighs, hips, bottom or abdominal region. It usually settles in these areas because they’re prime real estate for fat deposits, and the result is an uneven, lumpy surface. Some say that its appearance resembles cottage cheese. This is all due to the fact that the fat is pushing against connective tissue, which makes the skin pucker up and results in a variety of peaks and valleys of fatty goodness.
Cellulite is all about fat, but it’s not a condition that only affects overweight women. Anyone can get cellulite, big or small–even men, but they’re far less prone to it. In fact, 80-90 percent of women claim to have cellulite, so if you think that you’re one of the only ones dealing with this, think again.
There are several factors when it comes to one’s propensity to develop cellulite. Genetics play a factor, so if someone in your family has it, you probably will as well. Also, thickness of the skin, overall percentage of body fat, stress and lack of physical activity influence one’s chances of having cellulite. It is usually less noticeable on darker skin tones.
While it isn’t a health concern, some find it unsightly and feel self-conscious in shorts or bathing suits because of it. While everyone should ideally feel awesome in the body they’ve got, there’s no shame in disliking your cellulite either.
When it comes to removing cellulite, things get a little complicated. Many creams claim to reduce the appearance of cellulite; they contain caffeine which temporarily eliminates water in cellulite’s connective tissues, diminishing the lumpy appearance. But this approach not only has very little scientific backing, it can also be dangerous for those with circulatory problems because it narrows blood vessels as it forces out the water. They can also cause allergic reactions for some.
Liposuction is another alternative, but sucking out fat cells doesn’t eliminate cellulite. Weight loss and exercise is likely the most effective way to reduce cellulite because improving muscle tone will diminish its appearance. But, as I said earlier, cellulite isn’t all about weight, and even the most muscle toned legs and bum won’t make cellulite disappear.
As a last resort, those who with light skin who have cellulite might want to slather on some bronzer to help make the indentations a little less noticeable.
Essentially, until there is a miracle breakthrough of some sort that has some merit in the scientific community, cellulite is here to stay. But it’s not the end of the world, seriously. Most women have cellulite, even models in magazines–thanks, Photoshop! Anybody petty enough to make you feel like unattractive weirdo because of it isn’t worth your time. Sometimes we just need to accept the fact that there isn’t a magic wand that will cure every bodily imperfection, and that’s going to have to be okay.
Do you have cellulite? Have you tried to find ways to get rid of it or do you largely ignore it? Tell us in the comments