Want to Get Rid of Cellulite? Read This First.
Lumps and bumps on skin, oh my.
Cellulite is a condition that can affect pretty much anyone all over the world, but that doesn’t stop us from feeling self-conscious about these dimples. About 90 percent of women will deal with cellulite at some point in their life. Considering the impossible beauty standards that women are held to, it’s understandable that many want to find a foolproof way to get rid of their cellulite… and will try less than reliable methods to do so.
At G. Sonsie, we firmly believe that each and every body is beautiful and that you don’t need to change the way you look to feel good about yourself. We also know that’s easier said than done. If you don’t mind your cellulite, that’s awesome! But if you don’t like the way these bumps and lumps look, don’t feel bad about that. The best way to deal with cellulite is to learn more about it so you can understand why your body looks the way it does.
So, what exactly is cellulite?
Before delving into details about cellulite, it is important to understand what this skin problem is. Well, cellulite is a skin condition that causes dimpling, lumping or bumps on the skin. In simple terms, it leaves the skin looking like an orange peel.
Here are things you should know about cellulite:
- Cellulite runs deeper than the skin. It’s actually a result of fat sitting unevenly underneath the skin. Not all fat is cellulite, though. Cellulite forms only in the shallow layer of fat, right under the skin.
- Women tend to be affected by the condition more than men because of the way our fibrous tissue (a.k.a.septae or septa) is structured. While men have sturdier septae that prevent fat from pushing through, women’s septae aren’t as sturdy. The tissue gets stretched and pulled, making it much easier for fat to lay unevenly under the skin.
- Cellulite doesn’t discriminate based on your weight. A common misconception is that thin women don’t have cellulite, but that’s not the truth. Sure, the more fat you have, the greater your chances of developing cellulite, but it develops on thin and fat women alike.
- Weight loss does not get rid of cellulite. It does reduce the size of your fat cells, which may improve the appearance of your cellulite, but this isn’t a guarantee. Losing weight can also leave you with other conditions that make you self-conscious, like stretch marks and sagging skin. These are really important factors to consider if you think that weight loss will solve your problems.
- Genes can be responsible for your cellulite. Your unique genes may dictate how your body holds fat and increase the appearance of cellulite. Similarly, genes may also play a role in a lack of cellulite.
- There is no cure for cellulite. There are plenty of products out there that claim they reduce cellulite, but the truth is that these methods rarely have the effect you want. Even liposuction, a method many believe in, may worsen cellulite.
Working explanations behind cellulite
There are a few possible explanations behind what causes cellulite, but even experts cannot say for sure.
One commonly known possibility blames poor blood circulation for causing cellulite. Supposedly, when blood vessels weaken around the butt, thighs, and wherever else you have cellulite, they cause fluids to leak into fat cells, leading to engorgement. The cells then push themselves to the skin manifesting in form of lumps or bumps. This theory makes sense when you consider how it doesn’t matter how much or little fat you have.
Paired with this theory is what happens to the skin as it ages. As you age, collagen levels go down, negatively affecting the structure of the skin. Collagen is a protein that keeps elastic, allowing it to stretch out and retract. It acts as a barrier that ensures fat cells stay wherever they are supposed to. As collagen deteriorates, your skin stretches and thins out, allowing engorged fat cells to become more noticeable underneath the skin.
Thin skin + bigger fat cells = more cellulite. The math makes sense.
However, not everyone agrees with that theory. Experts who criticize circulation theory assert that cellulite is a structural problem that emerges from the dermis (the inner skin layer). Below the dermis, there is fat held in place by collagen and septae.
As mentioned earlier, this tissue that’s supposed to keep fat cells in place isn’t as effective for women as men, making it easier for cells to move closer to the epidermis (outer layer of skin). That is why women struggle with cellulite much more than men do. When a person gains weight, fat cells get bigger plus the fat layer expands. The more fat you have, the more it wants to escape to the skin.
Is it possible to get rid of cellulite?
Unfortunately, there is no cure. You cannot get rid of cellulite. However, there are two ways to alienate the condition: exercise and losing weight.
Exercise and a nutritious diet helps you stop accumulating fat and instead burn existing fat and build muscle. Reducing your body fat and building muscle in those areas are the most effective, cost-efficient ways you can reduce the appearance of cellulite over time. By replacing fat with muscle, your skin won’t have the opportunity to sag, though you may develop new stretch marks and increase old ones.
Try as much as you can to make healthy choices, including exercise and a healthy diet. Even though these things don’t guarantee you’ll tame your cellulite, they will do their part to make you feel more positive about your body. For an in-depth, scientific look into cellulite causes and treatments, read this article by Scientific American.
Remember that you’re not alone in the struggle, whether you’re dealing with cellulite, fat, stretch marks, or any other body issues. Be kind to yourself, always.