We’ve all heard about cellulite because so many women lament over the appearance of it. But what is cellulite, and how does it form? Now for the million dollar question for so many ladies out there, is there any way to prevent or get rid of that darned cellulite?
What is Cellulite
Cellulite is a layer of fat that’s deposited beneath our skin. This can give our skin a dimpled look, almost like the texture of an orange peel. It’s a normal phenomenon that can occur in up to 98% of women after they reach the age of puberty, and even guys get cellulite. Cellulite.org tells us that cellulite alone has not been shown to impose any health risk, but while cellulite is not dangerous to our health, it can do some serious damage to our self-confidence.
Unfortunately, you’re not immune to developing cellulite because it will form naturally whether you’re overweight or not since everybody has some amount of fat under their skin.
The good news though is that there are things you can do to minimize the appearance of cellulite.
If you’re overweight, weight loss can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, so make sure you’re doing cardio a few times per week to help your body burn its excess fat. Since cellulite is most common on the thighs, and buttocks, it’s important that you’re doing strengthening exercises that target these areas. A lot of women worry that doing exercises to target their glutes (like weighted squats) will increase the appearance of cellulite since bigger glutes yields a bigger surface area for cellulite to appear on, but this isn’t the case. Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle will help your body utilize its energy reserves instead of depositing more fat.
Creams and Lotions
There are a lot of tightening creams and lotions advertised to eliminate cellulite and smooth your skin. While they may tighten and smooth your skin, they can’t eliminate cellulite; they can only minimize the appearance of the cellulite beneath your skin. These products also require regular long-term use in order to maintain their results.
No, I’m not talking about your morning cup o’ Joe. There are a lot of beauty products that advertise caffeine listed in their ingredients, and there’s a pretty good reason for that. Not only does caffeine get your brain through the day, but it gets your skin through the day as well. Caffeine has been shown to constrict the blood vessels, reducing the appearance of dark areas. New York City based dermatologist Dr. Cheryl Karcher explains that caffeine also acts as a diuretic and can dehydrate fat cells which in turn can make your skin appear smoother. This explains why so many anti-cellulite body scrubs and fat burning anti-cellulite creams include caffeine in their formula. Dr. Karcher does warn though that the results from these products are only short-term and any results seen from using these products will most likely be minimal.
A lot of celebs including Khloe Kardashian are using laser therapy to reduce the appearance of cellulite, especially around the thighs and buttocks. The laser is applied externally to the skin and helps smooth the skin while also decreasing the amount of cellulite beneath the skin. Repeated treatment sessions are needed, and while the results are longer lasting than some other treatments, it is not a permanent solution.
There’s no need to let a bit of cellulite get you down; it’s not a measure of your health status or beauty. If you plan on trying different treatments to help minimize the appearance of cellulite, talk to your doctor and make sure that you’re making healthy and educated decisions about your body.
By: Kayla Harwick