CELLULITE: the basics
If cellulite has ever been a part of your life, your not alone. It is a condition that affects nearly 90% of women and around 10% of men, due to the changes on fat, muscle and connective tissue distribution.
Cellulite – also known as orange-peel skin, cottage-cheese skin, hail damage and mattress phenomenon – is what happens when fat deposits beneath the skin. It makes the skin look dimpled or lumpy, and it can happen on thighs, buttocks, hips and stomach.
WHAT CAUSES CELLULITE?
While the exact cause is unknown, there are many factors that can cause cellulite to appear or make it more likely to do so.
· Hormones & age
With ageing, the levels of oestrogen decrease, resulting in lower collagen production – due to a lower circulation. This makes skin become less elastic, thinner and likely to sag.
As oestrogen falls, fat cells enlarge. Fat deposits become more visible and the fat under the skin shows through.
In spite of this, young people could also deal with cellulite because of other factors, as it tends to appear around one’s 25.
Yes, if your relatives suffered from cellulite you can blame them for passing it through, although it’s not always the case.
Genetics can affect your metabolism, distribution of fact and circulatory levels, all of which affect the appearance of cellulite.
It is a myth that only fat people get cellulite, as it is a fact that even the most strict models find it on their bodies.
This being said, that doesn’t rule out the fact that cellulite could be diminished by eating less fat, carbohydrates, salt and more fiber.
Lack of exercise and a sedentary life style also affects your risk of having cellulite. As well as wearing tight underwear or elastics that limit blow flow.
ORANGES, CHEESES AND MATTRESSES
This may sound weird, but depending on how bad your cellulite is, it can be ranked between one of these common nicknames.
When your skin only has superficial depressions and a slightly sagging look, it is considered Grade 1 or mild – orange-peel.
If the depressions are deeper and the skin looks moderately draped, it would be a Grade 2 or moderate cellulite – cottage cheese.
Lastly, if there are 10 or more deep depressions and the skin is really draped, the cellulite would be Grade 3 or severe – mattress.