Every woman desires a smooth even tone skin all over the body. Unfortunately, as you grow older, you’ll notice that the skin on your thighs and buttocks begin to darken and appear bumpy. Cellulite sounds like a medical condition, but it’s really nothing more than fat deposited under the skin. It’s most visible on the thighs, which lose their smooth texture and become dimply. This look has been likened to that of an orange peel. The fat cells tend to pull up against the skin while the fibrous tissue that connects the skin to the muscles pull down resulting in uneven skin.
Cellulite is not a health hazard as such, but most women are uncomfortable with its appearance. It is unsightly and can keep you from wearing mini-skirts, shorts, and worse still; swim suits. The condition tends to get worse as you grow older. This can be a major source of frustration when you’re trying to maintain your appearance. It can also dent your self-esteem when you have to keep hiding some parts of your body. Negative comments from your spouse makes matters even worse.
Cellulite is often associated with overweight, but that is not always the case. It is important to note that you can have cellulite even when thin. However, if you’re overweight, losing weight is one of the ways to reduce the cellulite.
Other than excess weight, the condition can be brought about by poor diet, slow metabolism, crash diets, dehydration, hormonal changes among others. The thickness and colour of your skin also plays a part. Cellulite is more noticeable on lighter skin.
There are a number of products and treatments that are designed to eliminate the cellulite and the accompanying dimples and bumps. However, only a few have shown permanent results. It is important to note that there’s a difference between getting rid of the cellulite itself and simply reducing its appearance on the skin. Some products will only achieve the latter and not the former.
Here are some options:
- Creams: They’re formulated to dissolve the fat allowing the skin to return to its normal texture. Caution is advised when purchasing such creams as some have been known to contain harmful substances.
- Laser Treatment: Although this method is not common yet, it has been proven that laser energy can melt fat under the skin and boost the production of collagen.
- Liposuction: This procedure is mostly used in weight loss. Fat deposits are surgically removed from the body. Liposuction goes deeper than just below the skin, and some experts argue that the result maybe to dent the skin even more before it gets better. The positive results only appear much later. This method may not be preferred by those who want immediate results.
- Mesotherapy: Involves the injection of enzymes into the tissues just under the skin to even out the dimples. For sustained results, you’ll need to keep injecting.
- Massage: Massaging the affected areas has the effect of smoothening the skin, albeit temporarily.
Most cellulite issues can be solved largely by weight loss. Do not expose yourself to harmful products to deal with something that is not a health hazard.