Oh, the dreaded cellulite – the one thing women fear, and men never even notice. Ninety percent of women and up to ten percent of men will be affected at some point in their lives. This regular occurrence often appears abnormal on the skin. With it’s lumpy, orange-peel like appearance, it can cover large surfaces of the skin, most notably, the legs, arms, and buttocks. You’re more likely to develop cellulite if you lead an inactive lifestyle, sit for long periods of time on a regular basis, experience the reduction of estrogen during menopause, or suffer from hyperinsulinemia.
This puckering of the skin occurs when the layer of fat that sits just beneath the skin pushes against the connective tissue and bulges. That causes a cottage cheese or orange peel-like appearance. Unfortunately for women, the risk of developing cellulite increases exponentially with menopause and increased age.
When a woman experiences hormonal changes, she undoubtedly will experience a decline in estrogen levels. These changes may contribute to changes in circulation and a reduction in the production of collagen. Fat cells become larger or increase in numbers. The collagen layer thins. Those factors in combination with a change in the blood supply all contribute to or lead to the production of cellulite. While unsightly, cellulite isn’t dangerous. There is no pain associated with the production of it.
Nutrition also plays a role in the production of cellulite. High levels of carbohydrates in the diet increase the risk of hyperinsulinemia. This increases the formation of fat cells and growth of the current cells.
There are four distinct stages of development of cellulite. Generally, they start at or about sixteen years of age.
- Grade 0: No cellulite present
- Grade 1: Smooth skin while in a standing position, bumps and dimples while sitting
- Grade 2: Cottage cheese appearance when sitting or standing
- Grade 3: Orange peel appearance while sitting or standing with deep raised and depressed areas.
Currently, there is no known cure for cellulite. The over-the-counter treatments make grand claims to know the secret to eliminating cellulite for good, but none have been proven, and often, the results have been disappointing. However, there are smart strategies that may reduce the appearance of cellulite temporarily.
Dry Skin Brushing has many benefits, not only for aesthetic reasons. This technique offers benefits for the whole body as well.
It might help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin and help to distribute fat deposits more evenly throughout the body.
This helps to reduce the visibility of the cellulite. It also stimulates the lymphatic system, increases circulation, improves digestion, and exfoliates the skin.
Myofascial Release is an effective technique used to release tissue restrictions in the connective tissue that sits just beneath the surface of the skin. Most often, it is caused by inflammation, surgical procedures, and/or trauma.
Coffee scrubs work to stimulate lymphatic flow (blood) to an area can also exfoliate and tighten the skin. A scrub can be made with coconut oil and finely ground coffee beans to form a facial mask which can tighten the skin. One could also choose laser or light therapy, even acoustic wave therapy. All help break down fat molecules or decrease in the visibility of cellulite.