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What is cellulite?
Cellulite is an issue which affects many of us and even affects up to 90% of women at some point in the lives. Although cellulite can affect both sexes, it is much more common in females, mainly because they are more likely to have the particular types of fat and connective tissue that are an issue with cellulite. Cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits start to push through the connective tissue under the skin which results in the bumpy ‘orange peel’ effect of cellulite.
Although cellulite is a result of underlying fat deposits, having cellulite on your body doesn’t necessarily mean that you are overweight or have a large amount of excess fat. Any body shape or type can be affected by cellulite at some time as it is not just caused by weight. However, those that are overweight are more likely to encounter the issue than those who aren’t. The most common areas for cellulite to occur are the thigh and buttock area, arms and stomach.
Cellulite and the skin
To properly understand why we have cellulite and what causes it, you first have to understand how our skin work. Our skin consists of three layers that each have different functions but all work together.
Epidermis – The epidermis is the outer layer of skin which is made up of a number of thin layers and is what we see. The main function of the epidermis is to act as a skin barrier to external agents. This outer layer of skin consists of fats and dead cells, which are constantly being renewed and replaced. There are living skin cells in this layer of the skin that are constantly moving upwards. By constantly replacing and renewing these skin cells it keeps out infection and acts as a constantly strong and healthy barrier.
Dermis – The dermis is the middle layer of skin and is where cellulite occurs. This layer of skin is the connective tissue and contains a layer of fat. We also have water deposits in this layer of skin, which to be healthy must be kept balance. When the fat in this layer of the skin doesn’t get enough nutrients it can begin to contract. The dimples or ‘orange peel’ we know from cellulite is when these nutrients are missing and fat begins to push through this weakened skin.
Hypodermis – The hypodermis is the thickest layer of the skin and is made up of adipocytes which are cells that specialise in accumulating and storing fats. This layer of fat cells are used to keep the body warm and also as an energy reserve.
What causes cellulite?
What we eat is of course one of the biggest and most common causes of cellulite. Those with a diet high in fat, carbohydrates or salt are more likely to develop cellulite.
An imbalance of hormones may be a factor into the production of cellulite. Many believe that insulin, oestrogen, prolactin and noradrenaline may all affect cellulite.
Anything we wear that is tight to the skin, including underwear with tight elastic, limit the blood flow and therefore may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
Not just what we eat but how we live our lives may be a large factor in the production of cellulite such as those that don’t exercise or those that smoke.
Certain genes may be passed down which can effect cellulite so you would be more likely to have cellulite if it runs in the family.
As cellulite occurs when the skin is lacking nutrients, a lack of water can be a big contribution to cellulite forming.
What are the different stages of cellulite?
Cellulite is often graded into four different stages depending on the severity:
Grade 0 – Skin appears smooth and there is no dimpling of the skin.
Grade 1 – There is no obvious signs of cellulite but can be seen when pinched
Grade 2 - The skin starts to lose elasticity and there is visible dimpling whilst standing
Grade 3 – Cellulite is clearly visible when both standing and lying and there is an ‘orange peel’ effect
Best way to get rid of cellulite - home treatments
If you are looking to get rid of cellulite but don' like the idea of using the expensive and invasive medical route, ways to reduce cellulite at home could be more for you.
|Different Home Cellulite Treatments||Creams & Gels||Patches||Clothing||Scrubs||Devices||Konjac|
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|Application areas||Apply directly on affected area||Hairless part of the body like stomach, thighs and bottom||Worn discreetly underneath clothing||Thighs, hips, stomach, waistline and buttocks||Thighs, upper arms, buttock and hip area||Face or Body|
|Frequency of use||Apply Daily||Once in a day||Wear daily||Twice a week||Weekly use||Daily use|
Although cellulite can be caused by factors out of our control such as hormones and genetics, there are a few ways we can actively try to prevent cellulite from forming. Eating healthy, low fat foods such as fruits, vegetables, and fibre can help and well as doing regular exercise. Reducing stress may also help with preventing cellulite. Finally wearing lose fitting underwear can also be beneficial.
How can WeightWorld help?
WeightWorld can help as we offer a wide range of cellulite treatment products to choose from. All you have to do is simply find the one that works best for you!