Cellulite, the appearance of that nasty orange peel on the skin, plagues many women worldwide. The bad news is that, yes, there is a genetic tendency to have it and it does affect thinner women, too. The good news is that there are various ways in which you can keep it at bay or, at least, limit its extent or severity.
What causes cellulite? Collagen fibres which are present in the skin are pushed up by underlying fat. These, in turn, pull on the superficial skin, causing dimpling and making the skin uneven or bumpy, thus bringing about an irregular appearance. The presence of cellulite in itself starts a vicious cycle by putting pressure on tiny capillaries in the skin, making them permeable, and on the lymphatics, resulting in water retention and inadequate drainage of water and toxins from the skin. This brings about increased skin engorgement and unevenness.
What can I do about it?
There are various ways in which one can prevent cellulite from forming and which will go a long way to reduce it once it occurs.
- Water plays an essential role in keeping our skin healthy and smooth. Drinking at least two litres of water a day will help you combat cellulite, whilst also keeping the rest of your body healthy.
- Reduce the amount of processed foods you consume – this will help you reduce cellulite. These contain a considerable amount of salt and contribute towards fluid retention and the engorgement of the skin in cellulite-prone areas. The same goes for avoiding salty foods and reducing the amount of salt used in food preparation as much as possible.
- Maintaining a healthy weight will also help you reduce the severity of cellulite in areas where fat is naturally deposited, such as the thighs and buttocks. Having a larger amount of subcutaneous fat in these areas will make cellulite more conspicuous by pushing on the collagen fibres and increasing dimpling. Losing weight will result in a loss of fat and will lead to an improved skin appearance.
- Exercise can also help combat cellulite. By increasing muscle tone, overall flabbiness diminishes, thus giving thighs and buttocks a smoother appearance. Exercise also improves our circulation and blood flow to the skin, as well as having many other benefits. This may help in the elimination of retained fluid from cellulite-prone areas.
- A healthy lifestyle is known to have an effect on the skin’s appearance. Lifestyle factors that may affect the skin include smoking, stress and poor sleep. These may also have an effect on cellulite.
- Cosmetic treatments play a role in helping you combat cellulite. Numerous technologies are available so be sure to choose a reputable clinic where treatments are performed by trained professionals using safe and approved equipment.
And finally, keep in mind that cellulite tends to return. Keep it at bay by being consistent in your healthy habits.