What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a body skin disorder involving the outermost layer of skin and the fatty layer beneath. Physical symptoms include visible dimples, sponginess, bulges and uneven skin texture. Cellulite can also negatively affect a person’s self esteem.
What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite is not fat but a toxic body condition with water retention (edema), lack of circulation and a buildup of toxins. Normally, muscles are wrapped in a layer of fatty tissue that includes round cells bathed in fluid and held together by a network of fibers. Water, blood and lymph constantly circulate through the cells, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and cleansing them of waste.
With cellulite, the waste removal process has become slow and is broken-down. This causes the connective tissue to become saturated, hard, and form immovable pockets that bulge and puff up, resulting in the “orange peel” appearance.
Who Gets Cellulite?
While obesity does play a role in cellulite, it is not the sole reason. Cellulite can be present on any type of body. Thin people have it too. Factors that influence the formation of cellulite include race, heredity or genetics, hormones, sex, age, lifestyle choices and poor lymphatic drainage. In fact, Caucasian women are more prone to experiencing cellulite than those with darker complexions.
It’s also influenced by hormonal imbalances, which lead to fluid stagnation, and the clumping of fat cells. Higher estrogen levels in women make women more prone to cellulite than men.
Lifestyle Choices and Cellulite
Poor lifestyle choices definitely contribute to the development of cellulite. Being sedentary and lack of exercise lead to a sluggish lymphatic system and toxin buildup. Smoking, excessive alcohol intake and a diet high in additives or chemical preservatives can increase free radical damage, causing inflammation and water retention. Overexposure to the sun also increases collagen and elastin breakdown, further increasing the development of cellulite.
It’s important to recognize cellulite early and properly treat it so it won’t cause irreversible damage. When making total body skincare a priority, it is possible to firm, tone and smooth the body without having to resort to the pain and cost of surgery.