One of our biggest concerns when the weather comes is the feared cellulite and we ask ourselves: how to eliminate it and fight it, how it produces or forms it, what I can do to reduce it, what is the cause of its appearance, why I have cellulite…
We could say that cellulite mainly affects women and is an infection of subcutaneous tissue that causes irregularities in the superficial layers of the skin, in some cases it can even be painful and safe it is always anti-aesthetic.
The causes are diverse, genetic, hormonal, life habits, circulatory disorders, stress…
And since we already have the dreaded bikini operation here, let’s try to understand it so we know how to treat it.
Where does cellulite occur?
We can find cellulite in different parts of the body, especially it manifests more in the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen and could also appear in the inner part of the knees, arms or back, but these would be the most serious cases where we absolutely recommend getting into the hands of a professional.
And even if we think it only affects women, so does men, so boys, these tips are good for you, too.
Types of cellulite
From a more technical point of view we could divide cellulite into more types, but the main and most common are:
Cellulite Edematosa also show the famous “orange peel skin”, introduces fluid retention (edema). It is usually located in the legs and is not associated with flaccidity either.
Hard or compact cellulite, the skin is harder to touch because the tissue around the nodules is very fibrous, so it can hardly be pinched and such nodules in some cases become painful.
Soft cellulite, as its name suggests, is a flaccid cellulite, when touched, it sinks and has no consistency. It is the most common and in most cases it is not painful and manifests in buttocks and thighs. It appears many times in women who are sedentary or have had drastic weight changes.
What causes it?
We could say that cellulite is a” metabolism disease ” that causes physiological and functional changes in fibrous tissue, in addition to circulatory disorders and hypertrophy of adipose cells. And it can appear for various and varied reasons.
Hormonal factors: this is the most influential aspect in women. Estrogen and progesterone are the hormones that basically intervene in the appearance of cellulite, regardless of whether you are thin or overweight. Estrogen stimulates fluid retention in the tissues and progesterone predisposes fat accumulation, which is why it is a problem for women rather than men.
And also keep in mind that during pregnancy it may be more evident due to hormonal changes in our body.
Genetics: there is no doubt that the genetic history favors its appearance, so we recommend that if there are problems of cellulite and circulatory or lymphatic disorders in the family, take care of your diet and do a lot of exercise.
Sedentary: lack of physical activity seems to be one of the problems, not only that it causes it, but it helps to maintain it, since adequate physical activity activates the blood circulation and metabolism of fat cells, helping to reduce it.
Eating – excessive calorie intake will cause you to gain weight and as a result increase your fat cells, which in turn will feed your cellulite. And watch out for salt intake … excess sodium favors fluid retention. So a balanced diet will be the basis for keeping your cellulite at bay.
And don’t forget to drink plenty of water to make it easier to remove toxins and reduce oedema!
Stress: a problem in the modern world that, although it seems to be a lie, also influences circulation problems and can therefore encourage the appearance of cellulite.
Alcohol and tobacco use: the more toxins you contribute to the body, the worse your blood circulation will work and the worse you will eliminate waste, which will help your cellulite to resist.