There’s nothing wrong with cellulite, the areas of skin on thighs, hips, stomach, arms and buttocks that appear dimply (especially when you pinch the skin). But if you’re one of the 90% of women who have experienced it (or inevitably will), you probably don’t actively want it around. In fact, if you could easily reduce the appearance of it, we bet you would. Today, we’ll explore what causes cellulite and what you can about it.
The Causes of Cellulite
From an anatomical standpoint, cellulite occurs when because of the connective tissue and fat underneath skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, fat cells are housed in between “fibrous connective cords” that attach your skin to muscle. When fat cells start building up, it essentially pulls on these cords and creates the telltale dimpling.
There’s not one definitive answer as to what causes this “cord pulling” mechanism aside from an increased accumulation in fat cells. It’s a lot more common among women simply because of the way their bodies are built—with more fat in certain areas of the body, though men are certainly not exempt. However, some experts believe cellulite can be genetic or even caused by hormonal fluctuations that cause a decrease in collagen and elastin production.
Solutions to Manage the Appearance of Cellulite
It stands to reason that by maintaining the volume of fat underneath skin, you can minimize the appearance of cellulite. This is why maintaining a healthy weight by staying active and working out are one the top strategies to keeping your skin smooth-looking.
Granted, you’re not physically eliminating cellulite by doing this—you’re making them less visible. (Keep in mind even thin, fit people get cellulite.) “Firming and toning those muscles will in turn tighten the skin, giving the illusion that cellulite is less noticeable,” David McDaniel, MD, director of the Institute for Anti-Aging and assistant professor of clinical dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, told Health.com.
Use topical skin care that targets cellulite
Although the activity underneath your visible outer shell is what causes cellulite, it’s ultimately something you can see on your skin. Although skin care can’t physically remove cellulite, it can certainly help diminish the appearance of it.
IMAGE Skincare’s BODY SPA CELL.U.LIFT® firming body crème was physician formulated to help lessen the appearance of skin laxity and cellulite. This velvety-smooth moisturizer is perfect for those concerned with the look of their legs, thighs, arms, stomach and neck, and is also a great companion post-pregnancy.
The BODY SPA CELL.U.LIFT® firming body crème reduces the look of cellulite with carefully chosen ingredients shown to give the look of tighter and firmer the skin, such as our EPP™ Enzyme Polypeptide Complex, Unislim™, SLIMBUSTER H and Slimming Factor Karkade™ technologies—all of which help support various aspects of skin health.
If you’re concerned about your cellulite, we recommend you get moving and get slathering! If medical treatments aren’t an option for you, these are your best bets—and you’ll feel and look great doing so.