Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears dimpled and lumpy. It occurs due to the presence of subcutaneous fat deposits.
It usually affects the buttocks, thighs, hips and upper arms. Cellulite can affect both men and women, but it is more common in women as there is a significant difference in the way their muscles, connective tissue, and fat cells are arranged compared to men. Almost all the women will experience this condition during their lifetime.
The medical term for cellulite is gynoid lipodystrophy. There are many causes that can affect the development of this condition such as Hormones, Diet, Lifestyle and Genetics.
There are four stages of the development of this condition and can affect women as young as 16 years of age.
- Grade Zero: There is no cellulite present.
- Grade One:The skin looks smooth while standing. Lumps and dimples appear while sitting down.
- Grade Two: Orange peel or cottage cheese like appearance of the skin when sitting or standing.
- Grade Three: Orange peel appearance of skin while sitting or standing with large dimpled areas.
"Remember, Cellulite is not an ailment it's just cosmetically unappealing"
Main causes of cellulite formation
Hormones - The female reproductive hormone - estrogen helps a woman's body to store fat around hips, thighs, and buttocks in anticipation of childbearing. Sometimes due to the hyper release of this hormone, the body tends to store more fat than the skin can accommodate. This leaves the skin looking saggy and dimpled. A decline in the level of estrogen levels mostly around menopause can also contribute to the development of cellulite. Lower release of estrogen can cause a reduction in the formation of collagen and blood circulation and may lead to formation of more fat cells underneath the skin.
Clothing - Your clothes can play a role in the development of cellulite. Tight clothing can obstruct the flow of blood to your thighs, butts, and stomach. Without the proper blood circulation, your skin will be deprived of oxygen.
Diet - Eating carbohydrate-rich and fatty diet can make you gain more weight in short span of time. This newly gained weight will get stored around your middle body. This buildup of fat will make your skin look like cottage cheese and will lead to cellulite.
Genetics - Genetics also play a role in the development of cellulite as certain body type tend to store more fat, have a higher body fat percentage and poor blood oxygen circulation.
Lifestyle - a Sedentary lifestyle that involves prolonged sitting or standing can reduce the circulation of blood in your body especially the lower parts. Smoking can also increase the risk of developing cellulite as it can lead to the reduction in the circulation of oxygen in your blood.
"The key to dealing with cellulite is to burn body fat. The lower your body fat percentage, the less risk of developing cellulite"
Natural remedies to get rid of cellulite
Soft scrub brush - Scrubbing in circles will stimulate blood flow increasing circulation.
Tea/Coffee scrub - Rub the cellulite affected areas with used coffee ground to stimulate blood flow and tighten your skin.
Natural Moisturizers - Massage your body using a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil.
Healthy Lifestyle - Pay attention to your diet. Foods such as tomatoes, garlic, asparagus, oranges broccoli, watermelon are known to increase circulation and reduce toxins in the body. Exercise helps burn extra fat and also increases blood circulation.
Here are the exercises that can help reduce cellulite from thighs, butts, upper arms, stomach and back.
- Body Weight Squats
- Resistance Ball Squats
- Pile Squats
- Pistol Squats
- Standing Shoulder Flys
- Shoulder Press
- Lat Pulldown
- Front and Side Lunges
- Stair Climber
- Front and Side Planks
- Butt Blasters with or without Resistance Band
- Glute Bridge
Professional treatments for cellulite reduction
VelaShape - VelaShape is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that uses of infrared light, radio frequency, heat, rolling and suction to tighten the areas where you have developed cellulite.
Endermologie - Endermologie is FDA approved non-invasive body contouring treatment that uses special massage technique to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.