If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then cellulite is most certainly a girl’s worst enemy! Cellulite can put a damper on anyone’s life and is not very choosey about just whose body it attaches itself to. To better understand how to treat cellulite, we need to look at it exactly what it is and what causes it.
Cellulite is physical condition that makes the skin appear to be dimpled or lumpy in certain areas due to fat deposits under the skin. Technical medical terms for cellulite include adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformas, status protrusus and gynoid lipodystrophy. While all of these medical terms seem scary and very clinical, the common terms for the condition—such as orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin and hail damage—are as offensive as the clinical terms are technical. They all add up to the same thing: cellulite.
This unfortunate condition is mostly noticeable in the pelvic area including the thighs, buttocks and abdomen. It makes these areas look unfit and dimpled. Cellulite will rarely affect males, and is most prominent in females. This is simply because women are more likely to have the particular types of fats and collective tissues that the condition attaches itself to. Cellulite should not be mistaken for “being fat.” This condition can make itself known in very thin, very fit people also. It has everything to do with the types of fat in your body, and less to do with how you combat them.
Cellulite is classified by grades. There are three different grades of cellulite:
- Grade 1 – This is the simplest grade of cellulite. It is in the body, but there are no clinical or physical symptoms. The underlying anatomical change can only be detected by a microscopic cell examination in the area of the cellulite.
- Grade 2 – Cellulite of this grade begins to show physical signs in the affected area. Pastiness of the skin, decreased elasticity and lower temperature than other areas of the skin combined with the anatomical changes seen in Grade 1 cellulite are all symptoms of cellulite at a Grade 2 level.
- Grade 3 – This grade of cellulite will have all the signs of Grade 1 and Grade 2, with the addition of the skin beginning to have a visible roughness, not unlike the peel of an orange.
One of the most common and obvious questions about cellulite is, “Where does it come from?” There are many different determinants that can cause cellulite. While some are avoidable, the most common causes come from our genetic makeups, and therefore are going to happen to us no matter how well we take care of our bodies. Some common causes of cellulite include:
- Genetics — Like many conditions in the human body, some of us are pre-disposed to cellulite. Some genetic factors that play a role in the generation of cellulite include race, gender, the distribution of fat directly underneath the skin, slow metabolism and/or circulatory problems.
- Diet — A high-fat, high-salt, low-fiber diet can also contribute to the condition. Cellulite has been attributed to diets with too many carbohydrates, as well as low-fiber, high-fat and high-salt content diets.
- Hormones — It is very likely that hormones play a large part in the development of cellulite. It is widely believed that hormones such as insulin, estrogen, prolactin, thyroid hormones and noradrenaline all play a part in the process of producing cellulite.
- Clothing — Articles of clothing with elastic waistbands (such as sweatpants and underwear) can contribute to the onset of cellulite. The elastic bands limit blood flow, which can also cause the formation of cellulite.
- Lifestyle — As in any condition, there are certain lifestyle factors that will increase your chance of forming cellulite. Smokers, those who sit or stand in one place for extended periods of time, and those who do not exercise are at greater risk of cellulite formation than others.
While there is no scientifically proven method known for the removal of cellulite, there are several therapies that have been tested. They range from heat therapy and ultrasound to electrical stimulation and magnetic therapy. These methods and more have been suggested to remove cellulite, but unfortunately none have been scientifically proven to do so.
How about naturally getting rid of your problem? Just as there are many suggested therapies to eliminate cellulite, there are just as many, if not more, natural home remedies out there to try. There are natural means of prevention that range from a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fiber to wearing looser fitting undergarments to combat the lack of blood flow to areas of the body that may grow cellulite. Some of the main natural home remedies for getting reducing cellulite include:
- Dry brushing — This is a process where you take a dry brush and use it on the areas of the body affected by cellulite. This process of dry brushing stimulates blood flow and circulation, and also moves the lymph fluid in the body.
- Coffee scrub — A scrub made of caffeinated coffee, sea salt, brown sugar and either almond or olive oil applied the affected area will help make the dimples and bumps less visible. The caffeine in the coffee dilates the blood vessels, which helps to tone and tighten tissue.
- Foam roller massage — Foam rollers are used in several different exercises to eliminate cellulite from different parts of the body. The massage helps to break up interwoven fat fibers underneath the skin.
- Swapping out unhealthy fats for healthy ones – Just changing the types of fats you consume will drastically improve your overall health, and cellulite formation over time!
- Detoxification – Removing unwanted toxins from your body is a great way to naturally cleanse your body of toxins, which helps free up fat cells for elimination. Check out our one day detox plan, and our daily detox drink!
- Self Massage – We researched the best massage techniques – as well as homemade cellulite reduction massage oil recipes to send you in the right direction.
These are just a few of the home remedies suggested and used for the elimination of cellulite. Other natural remedies include detoxification, switching out healthy fats for unhealthy fats, staying hydrated and consuming different oral remedies such as omega fish oils, gelatin and apple cider vinegar. As with many other therapies, these natural and home remedies are not scientifically proven, but many people who suffer from cellulite swear by them. The only way to find out if a treatment will work for you is to do your research and give it a try.
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