Cellulite is not something anybody wants yet (almost) no one is spared! It usually appears around the age of 50 – with the thighs, legs, buttocks, hips, and arms being the most affected body areas..
But what causes cellulite and how does it relate to sagging skin? More importantly, how do you tackle it and what anti-cellulite products should you use? Read on for the lowdown on it all!
Cellulite: what is it?
Cellulite is caused by an excess of fat, water, and toxins in the adipocytes, the fat-storing cells in the hypodermis, the bottom layer of the skin. Adipocytes transform fat into energy so we can walk, play sports, think, sleep, stay warm, etc. However, this process of storing fat can be heavily influenced by many internal and external factors – from having a sedentary lifestyle to poor circulation, hormone fluctuations and even hereditary conditions.
When this energy storage is out of balance, in can result in adipocytes storing fat up to 60 times the normal rate. The accumulation of fat deforms the fibrous network and fat clusters start to form under the epidermis’ surface, making it quilted and padded. The blood and lymphatic vessels are also compressed, preventing proper drainage of water and toxins from the tissue. That’s when you’ll start to notice that dreaded orange peel effect.
How to avoid cellulite?
Almost all women are prone to cellulite —including the skinniest— while men don’t suffer much from it at all. The main reasons for this are hormonal. Adopting a healthy diet will help avoid the cells’ excessive fat storage. A balanced diet includes plenty of protein (preferably lean), vegetables (2/3 of the plate!), legumes, starchy foods (in moderation), and fruit. It also means cutting down on salt, refined sugars, "bad fats", red meat, and alcohol. And while this is advisable for women of all ages, it is especially important for those around the age of 30, due to a slower metabolism.
For example, the sugary treats that we eat after 30 are immediately stored in the adipocytes. Practicing daily exercise and avoiding prolonged static positions help burn fat and improve veno-lymphatic drainage. The easiest way to stay active on a day-to-day basis? Walking!