Ever notice unsightly lumps and bumps that resemble orange peels on your upper thighs, buttocks, and stomach? Don’t worry; they’re not some exotic disease. It’s cellulite. Cellulite is nothing more than normal fat beneath the skin. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above to pucker.
Contrary to popular belief, having cellulite doesn’t mean you’re overweight. Even thin people have it. If you are overweight, however, losing weight can reduce cellulite. Being male helps too: cellulite is more common among women than men. And go ahead and curse those genes—if other women in your family have cellulite, there’s a good chance you will too.
over 90% of all women have some degree of cellulite
It’s estimated that over 90% of all women have some degree of cellulite. But many women don’t know about the most effective cellulite treatments or risk factors. Want a crash course? Yahoo Celebrity gives us the scoop. Read on to discover seven things every woman should know about cellulite.
- There are different types of cellulite. Cellulite comes in three different forms: Adipose Cellulite (firm cellulite that creates an orange peel effect on loose skin), Oedematous Cellulite (fluid retention that manifests itself as soft cellulite often on loose skin), and Fibrotic Cellulite (hard, compact cellulite that creates an orange peel effect). Cellulite also comes in four different grades:
- Grade 0: No cellulite visible, even if the skin is pinched, and the skin looks and feels smooth.
- Grade 1: Cellulite isn’t evident when you’re standing or sitting, but if the skin is pinched, it becomes noticeable.
- Grade 2: Although cellulite isn’t visible when you’re lying down, it is visible upon standing up.
- Grade 3: Skin looks lumpy and dimpled regardless of whether you’re standing or sitting.
- Exercise can reduce cellulite. Cellulite forms in areas with little circulation. This means that without activity, it’s hard to eradicate. Running, swimming and brisk walking are the best exercises for increasing blood circulation and loosening the fat tissues from those hard to budge areas. Strength training is also highly recommended, and you should work the muscles in the areas where the dimpling occurs two to three times a week. Effective strength training exercises include lunges and squats.
- Cellulite treatments work best after exercise. Following exercise, your metabolism and your blood circulation are stimulated, and so products you apply will be better absorbed, helping to activate cellulite-fighting ingredients.
- Body brushing can reduce cellulite. Body brushing, massage and good scrubs support circulation and make shower time more beneficial. If done on a regular basis, daily body brushing or a strong-handed massage on the thighs will increase fat dispersion.
- Cellulite affects women of all shapes and sizes. The exact reason why some people develop cellulite and others do not is still unknown. But heredity is thought to play an important role. Poor circulation, increased sensitivity to hormone fluctuations, and weaknesses in body tissues may be hereditary and these factors may be associated with the appearance of cellulite. Aging is another risk factor for cellulite. As we age, the skin loses some of its elasticity, which can worsen the appearance of cellulite.
- Sitting at a desk can worsen cellulite. If your job forces you to be desk bound, take regular breaks, make tea and go for a walk if you can. All of these small simple steps remind your rear it needs to keep in shape.
- Diet plays a crucial role in the development of cellulite. Be sure to eat plenty of fiber and whole grain foods such as oatmeal – they help to remove waste and toxins from the body. You should also drink plenty of water—it encourages the body to shed excess fat, including fat stored as cellulite.
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