Cellulite, a localised skin condition than gives a dimpled appearance in the skin, commonly found on the hips, buttocks, thighs and abdomen. But why does it form? And how can you minimise it’s appearance?
Why Does Cellulite Appear?
First things first, cellulite is a very common, natural occurrence in both men and women. It should generally be no cause for concern. Women however are more likely to have cellulite as the fat distribution is more common in the hips, thighs and buttocks; areas where cellulite is most likely to develop. Below are some of the most common reasons why cellulite may develop;
Genes are a contributory factor to cellulite development. Genetics are responsible for metabolism, and distribution of fat around body, and can therefore be directly responsible for the development of cellulite in certain individuals.
With age, the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin decreases, which means reduced skin firmness and elasticity. This often leads to the development of cellulite.
It is thought that several hormones have an impact on cellulite formation, including Estrogen and Insulin. This can become pronounced during pregnancy where hormone levels fluctuate.
A diet high in fats and carbohydrates will likely lead to cellulite formation. People will higher body fat percentages will have more prominent cellulite. Alcohol and smoking are also contributory factors.
How can I minimise it’s appearance?
It may not be possible to completely get rid of cellulite, but there are ways to minimise it’s appearance:
1. Reduce your total body fat percentage
The fact of the matter is that cellulite is formed when fatty tissue pushes up against connective tissue. To minimise the appearance of cellulite, you should focus on reducing your body fat; whether this be through exercising or diet changes.
Weight training and general exercise is excellent in reducing the appearance of cellulite. Such training will tone your muscles and increase the firmness of the skin, while also increasing metabolism and helping you burn through fat.
3. Keep hydrated
Staying hydrated will ensure your skin stays plump and that toxins can be flushed out of your system. Hydrated skin will reduce the appearance of cellulite.
4. Make lifestyle changes
Reducing your alcohol intake and quitting smoking will have a profound impact on the appearance of cellulite, and it also comes with a range of other health benefits.
Focusing on your diet will help also, consuming healthy foods which are high in nutrients and good fats will help you lean up and improve skin health.