These are just a few of the things that we do to try and achieve that smooth and toned look on our “problem”areas.
For most of us between the ages of 25 and 35 or more,we wake up every day wishing the dimples on our thighs and other areas were not there; but the reality is that they are, and there is no shortcut or magic cure that can get rid of them that easily. But the good thing is that cellulite is not a medical condition, although it can be unsightly at times if exposed.
What is cellulite?
According to the Mayo Clinic, cellulite is the appearance of dimpled skin mostly on the thighs,hips, buttocks and abdomen. It ha sways of getting to both men and women bodies in areas prone to fat deposits. It also comes as a result of the unevenness of these fatty cells underneath the skin.
To demystify the myth that cellulite comes to only curvy people, experts say that even thin people who seem to have 0% percent fat on their bodies have cellulite, but it is more pronounced on more curvy people than the lean and fit ones.
In fact, studies have shown that 80to 90% of women have some kind of cellulite on their bodies, from slight bumps to deep grooves, unless you’re a skeletal catwalk supermodel.The same studies also suggest that more women than men have cellulite, which is primarily genetic and starts appearing mostly after the onset of puberty due to the changing hormones.
But from experience of trying to get rid of cellulite, most of us have comet the realization that dealing with cellulite can be a bit of a pain.Experts also agree that it is difficult to pinpoint what really causes cellulite, although some cases can be attributed to genetics; there are several contributing factors to the increase of cellulite visibility.
Hormonal contraceptives: If you are using hormonal contraceptives,chances are that the risk of developing cellulite will increase, that is if you do not already have it. This is brought about by the existence of oestrogen breaking down the connective tissues. But one way of not accelerating the cellulite on your body is by using a birth control method that has fewer hormones.
Giving birth: Not only does being pregnant add some kilos but the hormonal changes in your body due to motherhood can also trigger cellulite.For some women the dimples disappear after birth while for others the cellulite tends to cling on. This is another reason you are encouraged to drink plenty of water, avoid caffeine and eat healthy fresh foods while pregnant – it is after all, good for you and the baby.
Sedentary lifestyle: Although it is fact that thin women also get cellulite,gaining fat on your body makes the existing cellulite more visible. By leading an inactive lifestyle the calorie balance will be upset, encouraging large amounts of calories to be stored as fat which leads to cellulite. On the other hand, exercise will help with circulation in the area and help promote more supple skin and toned muscle, both of which will help reduce the visibility of cellulite.
Yo-yo dieting: For those who rely on fad dieting to keep their weight in check, you might be doing more harm to your health in addition to denying your body the required nutrients.This will also lead to an increase in that lumpy and bumpy look because repeated cycles of gaining weight then losing it further compromise skin elasticity, making cellulite more obvious.
Dehydration: Staying hydrated can help improve the texture of your dimpled skin (and skin overall)however, when the skin is thirsty, the fat cells rise up to just beneath the top layer of your skin. This is another reason why you should take your doctor’s word seriously – drinking at least two litres of water a day will go along way.
What to do:
Rather than purchase a pricey anti-cellulite cream to get rid of cellulite,opt for losing overall body fat by eating healthy and exercising.
Reducing stress, quitting smoking,and getting good sleep might help in reducing cellulite.Getting started on a Mediterranean diet will not only prevent some cardiovascular diseases, but it might make your thighs a bit smoother.
Laser, hot massage or massage in general, and suction treatments can help reduce the appearance of the dimply look on your “problematic areas”. Also, recent research has found GPS Laser Liposuction also helps with cellulite.
Since we are all humans, some people might get concerned about the appearance of their skin, which might affect their self-esteem and morale. If this happens, you can consult a doctor, dermatologist or plastic surgeon.