Cellulite is a condition that no woman likes, but 90% of women will face at some point in their lifetime. In order to better combat cellulite, it is best to first understand what it is and why it is happening.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is when the fat cells that naturally occur underneath the skin appear more prominent by pushing against the collagen creating a bumpy texture. Even though you may not find the “cottage cheese” look on your legs and butt flattering, cellulite does not directly affect your health in any way.
Why Does Cellulite Occur?
Cellulite can occur in both men and women, though it is much more likely to happen in women due to our naturally higher fat content. According to Scientific American, cellulite tends to increase as a woman’s estrogen levels decrease around the age of 25 to 35. As estrogen decreases in your body, so does your circulation. The decrease in circulation causes less oxygen and nutrients to reach your connective tissues, especially collagen, a part of the connective tissue essential for elasticity. The decrease in estrogen also causes the metabolism to slow leading to more fat cells forming. This combined effect leads to fats cells to begin to push through the thinning layer of collagen, causing a bumpy texture, known as cellulite, to occur.
How Can I Get Rid of It?
While it can be a little tricky to get rid of cellulite, there is still hope! It is best to start working to get rid of your cellulite as soon as possible, since it gets worse with age. Experts also recommend to use a combination of the following to get the best results.
Regular Exercise & Stretching
- Lunge kicks
- Mountain climbers
- Side leg lifts with a resistance band
- Choosing foods with low fats, limited carbs, low salt content, and high fiber
- Drinking plenty of water to get your blood pumping
- Taking multi-vitamins to help your body get the vitamins it needs, especially with the decreased circulation
- Adding extra lemon and green tea to your diet to improve your metabolism
- Not smoking
- Getting up to move so you are not sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time
- Dry brushing your skin prior to taking a shower by using a dry loofa and scrubbing your body top to bottom in circular motions to help increase circulation
- Lowering your stress levels
- Avoiding tight clothing, especially spandex and underwear with tight elastic (instead choose thongs or loosely fitting boyshorts)
Know that there is no magical cure-all for cellulite and that any remedy will take patience and persistence. Medical research has found NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT the effectiveness of anti-cellulite creams, pharmacological agents, or therapeutic methods in helping to prevent or treat cellulite, including:
- Heat Therapy
- Radio Frequency Therapy
- Magnetic Therapy
- Radial Waves Therapy
- Electrical Stimulation
- Beta-agonists and adrenaline
- Amino Acids
- Indian Chestnut