Cellulite - What Is It and What Can You Do About It?
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Beauty
What can you do from home to help your body get rid of cellulite?
It is important to understand what cellulite is and what causes
cellulite to help you take reasonable steps to reduce cellulite. You
may have read advertisements that say that cellulite is simple to get
off in the comfort of your home. For many that have tried this is not
the case. What tends to happen is that the cellulite may appear less
after treatment, but in a few weeks or days, the cellulite will return.
Unfortunately, many find that treating cellulite is difficult.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is that lumpy fat on your body that looks like cottage
cheese. It mainly shows up on your thighs, stomach and buttocks. The
cause of cellulite is usually internal and due to weakened skin cells
and connective tissue associated with aging. When skin loses hydration
and gets weaker the very buoyant fat cells that are just below the skin
push through the dermis and show through the surface.
Women and Cellulite
Most women tend to get deposits of cellulite; it does not seem to
matter if the woman is fat or thin. Cellulite affects many women's
lives in different ways. Some women are more aware of their cellulite
than others and it negatively affects how they feel about how they
look. When temperatures rise and it is time to head for the beach,
unfortunately, many women will keep themselves covered up because they
are afraid to shed light on their thighs, hips and buttocks.
Women have a very different tissue and collagen fiber structure
than men; this is why women are more prone to having cellulite than
men. However, not all women are genetically predetermined to develop
cellulite. And you may notice that not all cellulite-afflicted women
are overweight. Cellulite is predetermined by genetics so even thin
women can develop cellulite.
Cellulite creams tend to only smooth out the top layer of the skin.
These creams are usually dehydrating agents that pull moisture from the
body. Some cellulite creams nicely supplement your total cellulite
treatment program. There are many other cellulite creams making
promises that cannot be kept. In fact many creams are a waste of money,
as they do not do anything to improve skin tone or reduce cellulite.
Natural Remedies for Cellulite
To naturally fight cellulite many claim that exercise and
detoxification through a healthy diet are key. Exercise, a healthy low
fat diet and drinking lots of water have been recommended.
Getting rid of cellulite is not only about reducing fat on or in
the body. Some of the top cellulite research says that if you repair
the dermis (skin) and add nutrient packed elements to our diets we can
rebuild and revitalize our skin while reducing the appearance of
There are numerous choices when it comes to treating cellulite.
Some work and some do not - your genetic makeup will determine what
works best for you.