Cellulite 101; What Can You Do ?

Dimples are pretty cute when you smile, but not so cute on the back of your legs. You know what I am talking about. Call it cottage cheese thighs, orange peel syndrome or cellulite. But regardless of what you call it, you hate it. If you don’t have cellulite, you’re blessed. For the other 90 percent of women, cellulite will make an appearance at some point in your life. Separate the facts from the myths on what cellulite is and what helps.Girl in skirt

Is Cellulite Fat?

Cellulite is fat underneath the skin. The fat pushes against the connective tissue, which is why cellulite has a lumpy appearance. Although an increased amount of body fat can contribute to the development of cellulite, even women who are not overweight can develop it. Hormones, genetics, age and thickness of your skin all play a role in whether you will develop cellulite.

Cosmetic Procedure Options

It might seem liposuction, which removes fat, can help reduce cellulite. According to the Mayo Clinic, liposuction does not usually help reduce cellulite. In fact, it might it worse. Laser procedures are also available, which claim to smooth the skin. Although some improvement may occur, maintenance treatments are usually needed to keep cellulite at bay.

What about Lotions?

You have probably seen various lotions and potions on the market, which claim to reduce cellulite and leave your skin smooth. Do they really work? There is good news and bad news when it comes to cellulite creams. The bad news is, they don’t significantly reduce cellulite.

While they don’t get rid of dimpling skin, the good news is cellulite lotions can make the skin look a little firmer. Look for products, which contain caffeine and retinol. Although there is currently not lotions which gets rid of cellulite completely, lotions won’t hurt and may help a little.

Tips

If you are like most women, you probably have some cellulite. You want to feel confident in your shorts and bikini, so what’s a girl to do? Although you may not be able to get rid of cellulite entirely, you can reduce its appearance.

  • Exercise: Both strength exercise and aerobics help combat the appearance of cellulite to some extent. Aerobics helps burn fat and strength training will help you tone. Although exercise will usually not make you cellulite free, it can reduce it.
  • Avoid smoking: Everyone knows smoking is unhealthy, but it can also have negative effects on your appearance. Smoking causes damage to the skin’s elasticity and makes cellulite more noticeable.
  • Avoid yo-yo dieting: Losing and gaining weight repeatedly can cause your skin to be loose, which may make you more prone to developing cellulite.
  • Try a self-tanner: Cellulite is not as noticeable on darker skin. Self-tanners not only give you a bronze glow, but they hide unwanted bumpy skin.

Finally, while no one wants to have cellulite, try to have some perspective. Maintaining good health and enjoying life is what’s important. In the whole scheme of things, cellulite is only a minor issue.  Don’t let it stop you from trying to look your best and feeling great.

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