5 Facts About Cellulite You Need to Know
Your physical aspect is the first business card you can offer people around. Your skin represents probably your most important ‘clothes’ you wear every day, regardless of the occasion. Cellulite never matches your outfit!
1. What is Cellulite?
The term cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of the skin often described as having an orange peel texture which persists regardless of the diet you keep or the sport you do. It affects almost 95 % of women and it is more likely to appear with aging even though it can sometimes affect young people as well (14 to 16 years old.) It manifests on certain areas of the body specifically on the abdomen, thighs and arms.
2. Causes of Cellulite
The cellulite production mechanism involves the adipose tissue located beneath the skin and the fibrous layer which separates this from the skin. This fibrous layer looks like a network and normally creates compartments in which the fat cells are kept. But, in the case of cellulite, it undergoes various changes through which it is pushed downward while the adipose cells come up. As a result we have the so called ‘orange peel’ aspect of cellulite. It is influenced by fibrosis associated with aging, obesity, blood circulation and lymphatic disorders.
The beginning of cellulite can be related to a number of favourable conditions:
- Female hormones, estrogen and progesterone
- The genetic factor (if there are other cases of severe cellulite or poor blood circulation in the family)
- Sedentary lifestyle
3. Why is cellulite specific to women?
The main explanation for the fact that cellulite occurs frequently in women and much less in men is that the fibrous layer structure is sex-dependent. Because of this men, even the obese ones, rarely face the problem of cellulite.
Another reason would be the lower percentage of skin collagen in women than in men. Furthermore, the increased percentage of adipose tissue in the ‘problematic’ areas makes women prone to cellulite.
Symptoms of cellulite
4. Cellulite develops in 5 stages:
- Appears due to micro-circulation disorders both at the venous and lymphatic level
- The skin changes are not significant at this level
- Can be associated with late healing of bruises and possible wounds at the level of those predisposed areas to cellulite as a result of poor circulation
- The ‘orange peel’ aspect of cellulite can be seen only when the skin is pinched
- The skin is thinner
- Colour fading or superficial veins and possible bruising may occur
- The aspect of cellulite is still not visible
- Occurs after a few months since the cellulite started
- The skin has a displeasing appearance of "waves"
- The regions affected by cellulite become painful when touched
- Increased problems of blood circulation worsen the cellulite
- The aspect of cellulite is now more obvious
- The skin in the affected region is cold
- Besides the "orange peel" aspect, at this stage cellulite looks like a "honeycomb"
- There are painful and very unpleasant nodules, markers of cellulite
5. Cellulite treatment
Nowadays cellulite has become a concern not only for beauty salons, but also for medicine. The most popular treatments for cellulite are:
- The noticeable effect of the anti-cellulite massage is optimistic;
- Studies have shown that the mechanism this process is based on, rather redistributes adipose cells than destroys them.
- Can be included in an anti-cellulite program with electro-stimulation, wrapping, thermotherapy and anti-cellulite creams.
- Is one of the most important anti-cellulite measures
- Involves a liquid consumption of at least 2 litres per day
- Requires the increase of the amount of vegetables and fresh fruits
- Avoidance of fat and fried food
- Reduction of coffee, alcohol, tobacco and sweets
- Exclusion of any kind of juice from the diet
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