Cellulite – urgh. A New York Dermatologist explains what, why and how and has some tips to deal with it.
Cellulite is what happens when pockets of fat push up against the skin. Bands of connective tissue act like tennis racquet strings and this creates the charming dimples. Arms, tummy, thighs and butt can be affected.
Why do women have this fiendish body problem more than men?
Genetics. We’re blessed with thinner skin tissue and subcutaneous (beneath the skin) fat distribution patterns that make dimples more pronounced. And yes, if mum had it, you are pretty much guaranteed to have inherited the cellulite gene.
Hormone imbalances and weight gain and loss all play a role in the appearance of cellulite.
What is the solution? Sadly, there is no way of getting rid of cellulite and you are stuck with it. But, there are ways to disguise it and make it less visible:
- Fake tan. Textural tissue is much less noticeable on darker skin, and we are too smart to lie directly in the sun, right?
- Exercise – the more muscle definition, the less visible cellulite is. Working out muscle improves the elasticity of the connective tissue too.
- Take a spa day – massage can temporarily relax the connective bands and smooths the dimples. Treat yourself!
- Yada yada, cut out processed foods, salt and sugar. Up the water intake. You know this!
- Try Face and Body Synergy’s (http://wearewhiteriver.com/face-body-synergy/) new BodyeCrackle™ BodyeCrackle™ is a revolutionary mousse that assists in improving the appearance of Cellulite and the ‘orange peel’ effect.
But perhaps the best way to handle cellulite is love. Love your body and appreciate what it does for you. Love yourself – you are, after all, so much more than the sum of your belly and thigh dimples.