Cellulite gives your skin a “cottage cheese” look, which is something that no one appreciates or finds beautiful. The causes of cellulite vary and it is more prevalent in women than in men. Cellulite is found mostly on one’s thighs and legs, although it can also be present on other parts of the body.
What Causes Cellulite?
While some people get cellulite when they are still young, others only get it as they get on in years. While cellulite is essentially fat, there is more to this condition than just fat. Following is an overview of some common reasons why people get cellulite.
Unfortunately, cellulite can in some cases be a genetic condition. If both your parents had cellulite, especially at a young age, then you will probably have problems with this condition as well. This does not mean that you are stuck with having cellulite forever, but it does mean that you should not be surprised when it shows up.
As the body ages, the fat cells start to weaken. This means that the fat is no longer smooth as it once was and so starts to show dimples and pits. This is one of the primary reasons why most people only get cellulite when they get older.
There is a common misconception that people get cellulite because they are too fat. This is partially true; however, it is important to realize that the body does need some fat in order to function properly. The key is to eat healthy fats instead of unhealthy ones. Good fats, also known as essential fatty acids, help to strengthen one’s fat and give it a smooth appearance and flexibility. This prevents cellulite from showing.
Poor Blood Circulation
There is a case to be made that poor circulation can cause cellulite or at least exacerbate the problem. This is why some people have cellulite treated by a masseuse. Getting a massage increases the flow of blood to the affected area, which will help to even out the fat cells under the skin and take away the “cottage cheese” appearance.
Besides eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones, there are some other things that you can do to reduce and/or eliminate cellulite.
Exercise offers many health benefits, one of which is helping the body get back in shape. It is especially important to do toning exercises that target the areas of the body where cellulite is found.
As was noted above, massages can be an effective treatment for cellulite. Improving blood flow to the areas of the body that are affected by cellulite can reduce its presence.
It is not hard to find topical treatments for cellulite. Creams and ointments for this condition can be found for sale at stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and over the internet. It is even possible to make your own homemade cellulite creams. Homemade creams are usually the most inexpensive options. However, there are also some very affordable commercial treatments as well. Doing proper research will help a person to see which cream or treatment is the best quality.