Cellulite, contrary to popular belief, is not due to fat. This is a harmless skin condition that can affect anyone, including you, no matter what your weight is. About 90% of women will have cellulite at some point in their lives (usually after the age of 25), compared to only 10% of men.
Cellulite is a condition that affects the appearance of the skin in areas with fat deposits underneath (most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs), leaving the skin looking dimpled and curvy.
The structure of the overlying skin and the underlying connective tissue determines whether a certain area is smooth or has a bumpy appearance to cellulite. Even so, you have options for preventing and treating it.
Cellulite is caused by a buildup of fat under the skin of humans. Some women are more inclined to experience it than others. The amount of cellulite you have and how visible it is can be based on your genes, your body fat percentage, and your age. Skin thickness also contributes to the appearance of cellulite. People of all body types and body weights can get cellulite.
Fat distribution in women is more pronounced than in men. Collagen fibers between the skin and muscles separate the underlying fat into several pockets. Cellulite can become more noticeable with age and your skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity. This reveals the wavy connective tissue underneath.
Below are the most common factors causing cellulite:
Sit at Your Desk All Day
If your work day consists mainly of staring at screens with little or no movement throughout the day, you could be at risk for a number of health challenges (cellulite being one of them). But small changes in behavior can be very helpful. We recommend spending part of the day standing at your desk, or just taking a short break to wander around your office.
Tiny holes in the lining of the intestine can cause undigested food particles to flow into tight junctions of cells and tissues. It can be very stressful and toxic to the body, and it will respond by grouping these toxins into isolated cellular pockets which ultimately increase the appearance and count of cellulite.
No matter how hard you try to prevent cellulite — there may come a point where you just have to accept that it’s genetic fate that you have to deal with. If your mother and grandmother both had cellulite, you have a better than average chance of developing it.
This one may surprise you a little. While compression-style leggings help us “suck it all in,” some tight-fitting garments can have the opposite effect if they cut off circulation. Restricts blood flow and can lead to cellulite.