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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

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 cellulite.

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.