The imperfections of cellulite concern a high percentage of women who wish to eliminate that unsightly “orange peel skin”, a particular condition caused by the accumulation of fat in some areas of the body. To effectively treat this type of problem, it is first necessary to identify the causes that determine cellulite.
The name cellulite indicates a condition known as localized adiposity, i.e. a complex of evolutionary alterations in the growth of adipose tissue. It manifests itself with the appearance, especially on the hips, thighs, buttocks and abdomen, of depressions, or small irregular bumps, which give rise to the so-called “orange peel skin”.
To be more specific, it is a situation of altered metabolism localized in the subcutaneous tissue which causes, as we were saying, a swelling of the fat cells and a consequent water retention in the intercellular spaces, i.e. between one cell and another.
After identifying what cellulite is and how it forms, it is good to determine its causes so as to be able to act on several levels to treat it.
The triggering factors are numerous and if it is true that it does not depend on the extra kilos, however, it is good to pay attention to these too.
Among the causes we find:
Hormones. Estrogen, the primary female hormone, plays a role in fat regulation. It causes fat to naturally accumulate in the breasts, thighs and buttocks (right where cellulite is most common), especially during the reproductive years.
Genetics. Cellulite is thought to have a genetic component and run in families. In fact, one of the major risk factors for cellulite is having family members who have it.
Age. When you’re young, your connective tissue is elastic, stretching and giving in with your skin so everything stays smooth. Then comes puberty and hormones wreak havoc on connective tissue. It becomes stiffer and less elastic, which causes the fibrous cords to sink even further into the skin. At the same time, fat cells tend to expand in certain areas (especially if you’re a woman), pushing against the skin. During adulthood, the outer layer of skin weakens, thins, and loses elasticity. In short, it is a vicious circle.
To keep under control in order not to favor the appearance of cellulite or increase its quantity:
- Weight change
- Bad nutrition
- Lack of muscle tone
- Poor skin health
Cellulite as an inflammatory state of the connective tissue, therefore not a simple blemish but has a pathological condition, must be treated. We start from the general state of health which determines a fundamental condition to prevent the appearance of this problem.
It is very important to maintain a normal weight, avoiding fluctuations, and you can do this by following a healthy, varied diet, consuming plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and drinking plenty of water.
Then play sports, without exaggerating: you must prefer water gymnastics, swimming, cycling and walking to running, which could be counterproductive.
Not smoking. Smoking is harmful to connective tissue.
Cellulite, which is not the same in all cases, but is classified differently based on its aesthetic impact, can be treated by combining a healthy and balanced lifestyle with beauty treatments.
After identifying the degree of severity of the disorder, one could resort to the use of cosmetics or undergo lymphatic drainage and connective tissue massages, thalassotherapy, pressotherapy and radiofrequency. All treatments that must be performed by professionals. Through specific massages or machines, it will thus be possible to stimulate microcirculation and promote the elimination of liquids.