10 Little known facts about cellulite
The first thing that you need to know about cellulite is that there is nothing wrong with it and it is nothing to be ashamed of, because just about everyone gets cellulite, to one degree or another. Cellulite is caused when the fat deposits under the skin, which we all have, push their way through the weakened connective tissues and create the lumps and bumps, or orange peel effect. The connective tissues, which are collagen fibres, can be weakened by lack of exercise, poor diet, hormones, and by poor circulation. Over the counter treatments for cellulite can be effective, but experts say that they are no real alternative for eating a healthy diet and making good lifestyle decisions. If you want to know more about cellulite, read on, because we’ve got ten more facts about cellulite that you may not have known.
1. Sunlight can make cellulite worse
As if there weren’t already enough reasons to make sure you use sunscreen, sunlight can make cellulite worse, as well as speed up the aging process and potentially cause skin cancer. Over exposure to the harmful rays of the sun damages and weakens collagen, which will make it easier for fat deposits to poke their way through the connective tissue under the skin and cause bumps.
2. There are different types of cellulite
There are three different types of cellulite, and it’s important that you know what type you have, so that can treat it in the correct way. Adipose cellulite is what people commonly refer to as orange peel cellulite, and it is generally caused by poor nutrition, so improving your diet is the best way to treat this. Oedematous cellulite is a soft form of the problem and is caused by water retention, so exercise and reducing your intake of salt will help. Fibrotic cellulite is hard and it forms deep within the layers of fat. The best treatment for fibrotic cellulite is said to be mesotherapy.
3. Cellulite doesn’t mean that you are overweight
If you have cellulite, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are overweight, though excessive weight will make cellulite more pronounced. Cellulite is caused by the weakening of collagen in the skin and anyone can get it, overweight or skinny.
4. Tight clothes can cause cellulite
One of the things that will cause cellulite is poor circulation so, if you tend to wear tight clothing all the time, you are increasing your chances of developing the condition. Tight underwear is the biggest culprit here, so go with something a bit looser and it will improve your circulation.
5. Most women have cellulite
Cellulite is far from rare; about 90% of women have it. It starts to form from puberty and then develops further depending on diet and lifestyle. Women are more susceptible to cellulite because the structure of the connective tissues under the skin is different to that of men.
6. Scrubbing and brushing does help to reduce cellulite
Massaging, using body scrubs, and dry brushing will help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Regular massaging of any kind will improve the blood flow to the area and that will strengthen the collagen and help to dissipate some of the fat that is lying beneath the skin.
7. Exercise will help too
Another way to improve your circulation and reduce cellulite is to get some exercise. Running, walking, and swimming will all help and, if you spend long periods of time sitting at a desk during the day, getting up and having stretch will help too. Anything, in fact, that will get the blood pumping around your body will help stop cellulite forming.
8. Your genes could be to blame
Your mom might be to blame for your cellulite, because it is thought that some people are just more genetically prone to developing the condition than others are. Don’t just resign yourself to the fact that you will have cellulite because your mother did, though, you can still reduce it by eating properly and getting plenty of exercise.
9. How to make cellulite treatments more effective
There are plenty of over-the-counter creams and lotions that are effective at treating cellulite and homemade treatments, like coffee grounds, can help too. You can make any cellulite treatment more effective by applying it to your skin after exercise. When you do that, your blood will already be pumping faster and that will help the treatment get absorbed into your skin.
10. It can be caused by changes in the hormones
Another reason that cellulite is more prominent in women is that it can be caused by hormonal problems. Hormonal changes that are caused by taking the birth control pill, and during pregnancy, can bring on cellulite. However, keep up the excise, eat a healthy, low fat, diet and that will keep cellulite to a minimum.
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