What is cellulite?
You know what cellulite is. As more than 90 per cent of women have cellulite on their bodies, the chances are high that you are one of them. In terms of statistics, 90 per cent is a lot, so don’t fret, you’re not alone. In fact, we should probably just start to look at cellulite as one of our body’s lovable traits, just like freckles and dimples, rather than see it as an imperfection. If your cellulite does concern you, however, read on and educate yourself on the causes of this trait, and how you can reduce it.
Scientifically, cellulite is subcutaneous (“under”) fat that causes dimpling beneath your skin's surface. This means that the cellulite shows the connective tissue that attaches your skin to your muscles. The more body fat you have, the more likely you are to have cellulite. It is much more common for females to develop cellulite than for males. Partly, this is because females have softer skin than males do, but females also tend to carry their weight and excess fat on their bottom half, whereas men tend to carry their weight in the middle.
Cellulite can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormones, genetics, diet, lifestyle choices, and clothing. If it is caused by your hormones or genetics, there is little you can do. In terms of diet, the best way to target your cellulite would be to eat as healthy as possible, and limit your intake of sugars, dairy, alcohol, and carbohydrates. You must compliment your diet with exercise, however, as dietary changes won’t reduce your cellulite alone. Try to build muscle and lose fat. The more muscle you have, the stronger the shield will be between your muscle and your skin, and you will appear tighter with less dimpling. In terms of clothing, you can try wearing loose undergarments that are made without elastic bands, as these clothing items can reportedly increase the visibility of cellulite.
What else can you do to reduce it?
We use the word reduce because cellulite is almost impossible to wholly remove. Remember, even supermodels and actress have cellulite! If you’re seeing perfectly smooth skin in magazines and on the Internet, you have to remember the wonders of Photoshop, which is arguably the best skin perfector of all time. There are a couple of things you can do to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, however, without having to commit to a new lifestyle, a diet, or workout regime.
Dry brushing is the process of manually exfoliating your skin with a specially-designed brush that is crafted to boost your circulation, remove dead skin cells, stimulate your lymph nodes, normalize your lymph flow, and improve your digestion, among other dermatological miracles. You need to brush your skin while it’s dry, though you can add a nice body oil to the brush to compliment the skin’s surface. It’s a great tool for a spa routine or an overall detox. Dry brushing for three to five minutes, a couple times a week, may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
You should also remember to drink a lot of water. Water consumption is essential to all aspects of physical health, and especially the appearance of skin. Take a look at the benefits of drinking water for your skin and hair here. Staying hydrated will help with the maintenance of cellulite reduction.
It is important to remember that the appearance of cellulite does not mean that you are unhealthy. It is purely a cosmetic annoyance. It is usually visible on your lower half, which is always clothed, so you are usually the only one who is really aware of it. :-)
Check out tomorrow’s blog post to read about a few cosmetic tips that can help reduce cellulite in minutes, as well as our evaluation of products on the market that claim to treat the issue. We think you’ll be impressed with what we reveal.