The Skinny on Cellulite
Whether it’s on your arms, thighs, butt or tummy…most of us have it (including some dudes!) But what do we do about it?
For as long as anyone can remember there have been tips, tricks, hacks and “secrets” thrown our way to rid ourselves of cellulite. But let’s be real, and if we could ask most instamodels to be honest too…they’d have to pony up their unedited photos and show you that they are NOT in fact perfect. Pause for shock.
In a world full of Photoshop, airbrush and Facetune there’s really no telling what is real and what’s not. Especially on social media, but if we get scientific here for a moment, 90% of women have cellulite. 90%! But what is it?
What exactly is cellulite?
As women start approaching menopause, estrogen starts decreasing. From ages 25 and on is when you start seeing the appearance of cellulite, and maybe earlier, depending on your genetics and eating habits. Estrogen has an impact on the blood vessels. When estrogen starts to decrease, you lose receptors in blood vessels and thighs, so you have decreased circulation. And with that decreased circulation you have a substantial decrease in collagen. You know, that stuff that makes you look like a soft newborn baby wrapped in velvet.
Women tend to get cellulite around knees, upper thigh and buttocks, because they have three layers of fat in these areas, instead of the one that dominates the rest of your body. Guest where else you have three layers? YUP, stomach and the triceps. SUCKS.
So what do you do?
Well, activity seems to be the only science-based effective treatment for reducing the appearance of it, since circulation is the culprit in most cellulite cases. Topical treatments tend to only address the elasticity and can help the appearance, but it’s not a long-term fix.
Topical treatments that help? Caffeine based scrubs. OVER TIME. Like…weeks my friend.
Realize how effing beautiful you are with or without cellulite, own your body and treat it like the temple it is. Eat healthy, move more and stop stressing. We ALL have it (except for that damn 10%). So stop being so hard on yourself and learn to embrace the things that make your body your own.
Remember, every body is a bikini body.