Skin Health

Preventing and Treating Cellulite

When perusing through the shelves of anti-aging skin care products, you’ll probably notice that a significant number of them are dedicated to helping you get rid of cellulite. Although it isn’t harmful, cellulite is one of the most stubborn and embarrassing aesthetic issues to correct and, unfortunately, it only gets worse with age.

There are dozens of anti-aging skin care products on the market that promise to get rid of cellulite, but they’re often not all they’re cracked up to be. You first have to get to the root of what cellulite is and why it happens in order to determine which anti-aging skin care treatments will actually work to diminish the unsightly dimpling.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is primarily seen in women and found around the hips, waist, thighs, and buttocks. It happens when fat is deposited into pockets just under the skin’s surface. The collagen fibers that normally connect the fat to the skin break down or are stretched too far, so the fat bulges out and pushes against the connective tissue, causing dimples in the surface of your skin. That’s why cellulite is sometimes referred to as “orange peel syndrome” or “cottage cheese skin.” It doesn’t pose any harm to your health, but it can be pretty unattractive to look at.

Cellulite can also be credited to decreasing estrogen levels. As your estrogen drops with age, your circulation decreases as well, which means you’re getting less oxygen and nutrients in that area. At the same time, your fat cells are getting bigger and as they start to push through the depleting collagen fibers, that’s when you see cellulite bumps.

There are a few factors known to contribute to the condition, including hormones, genetic predisposition, poor diet and lifestyle choices, and even your clothing.

Keep reading to find out how you can prevent cellulite.

Preventing Cellulite

Cellulite prevention is relatively easier than treatment, and luckily, there are a few different things you can do on your end.

*Get active:Cellulite is often associated with a sedentary lifestyle—women who lead active lifestyles have less cellulite than those who are constantly sitting at a desk or in front of the TV. When you’re active, you burn more calories and thus cut down the fat. Less excess fat means less fatty deposits.

*Reconsider your clothing: Notice that cellulite often lurks in the area where your underwear lines are? Undergarments with snug elastics can actually constrict blood flow in your buttocks and thighs, encouraging cellulite to form. Thongs are a great alternative, or at least opt for more loose fitting bottoms. As a general rule for preventing cellulite, avoid wearing clothing items with tight bands.