5 Claims About Cellulite That Are NOT True
Oh, those frustrating dimples. By the looks
of beauty blogs and ads, the entire world has declared war on cellulite. But
even though the campaign has been going on for a long time, it seems that no
one yet knows the enemy. You can still find an awful lot of misinformation about
this common cosmetic problem – from claims that there is a miraculous instant cure
for cellulite, to completely opposite claims that nothing can beat it. Before spending
a fortune on falsely advertised (and mostly useless) procedures and products, we’d like to help you distinguish facts from “fiction”.
Cellulite is nothing more than fat deposits
under the skin. Even though, we all need some amount of fat in our bodies,
sometimes the fat pushes against connective tissue and when the tissue is too
weak to hold it back the fat “pops up” on the skin surface, giving us the so
The question of all questions is, ‘What
really causes cellulite and how can you eliminate it?’
To help you find the answer to that question, we have
debunked five common myths about cellulite.
1: Only Overweight People Have Cellulite
Cellulite is definitely something that skinny
and curvy person have in common. Believe it or not, even Victoria’s Secret
Angels struggle with cellulite. According to statistics, nearly 90% of women
will be affected by cellulite at some point in their lives. Whether you will or
will not have cellulite, does not depend on your body type, but rather than
that on some other factors, such as your age, genetic predisposition,
metabolism, etc. Although the dimples are more noticeable on obese people, it
has more to do with the looseness of the skin than the numbers on the scale.
For the same reason, weight loss (if not combined with regular exercises) usually
make things worse, because the skin loses its elasticity and firmness.
2: Men Do Not Get Cellulite
Physiologically speaking, men and women
differ in the way their bodies produce, store and metabolize fat. First of all,
the tissue that connects the skin layers with the muscles, and is supposed to hide
the fat underneath the skin, is much stronger in men than in women. Secondly,
while oestrogen produces fat, testosterone burns it. Lastly, women tend to gain
weight on the thighs and hips where cellulite is known to thrive, as opposed to
men who mostly accumulating fat in the abdominal area. Does all that mean men
are “immune” to cellulite? Nope. Studies suggest that at least 10% of men
suffer from cellulite.
3: If You Have Cellulite, Blame Genetics
We are not denying that genetics are one of
the factors that determine whether you will feel uncomfortable wearing shorts
and skirts this summer or not. If cellulite runs in your family, statistics are
definitely against you. But, regardless of your ancestry, if you are Caucasian
or Asian, you might as well accept cellulite as your inevitable life companion (unless
you fall within the 10% of lucky females who have smooth-skinned thighs).
Still, don’t blame it all on your parents – cellulite has much more to do with your lifestyle and habits, than with your genes.
4: Drinking Water Helps Get Rid Of Cellulite
According to every second cellulite-related
article on the internet, drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day can
affect the fat levels in your body and consequently reduce the appearance of cellulite
on your skin. Although higher water intake will definitely benefit your body
and help flush the toxins out, it wouldn’t do much for the orange-peel skin. There
is no research showing that water consumption can banish fat and even if there
was, as we’ve mentioned above, whether you have or don’t have cellulite, doesn’t
depend on your weight.
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5: Liposuction is The Ultimate Solution
Before you squander $10,000 or more on this
invasive procedure, think what you can actually get from it.
Liposuction is a method aimed at removing
fat at localized areas. While it eliminates the deeper fat, the problematic
surface fat remains. Since the procedure disturbs the distribution of the fat
in your thighs, sometimes it can make the skin look even bumpier.
Lastly, don’t forget that if you do not
change your diet and you bad habits (like smoking, sleep depriving yourself,
indulging on junk food, etc.) the fat will return and you’ll have to undergo
the procedure again. Is it really worth it?
Do not despair for there is a solution.
Dermatologists confirm that a 30 to 60-minute deep tissue massage can break up
the fibrous connective tissue that contributes to the appearance of cellulite.
If you cannot afford a professional masseuse, you can massage yourself at home
with a rolling pin or foam roller. Combine the massage with a skin-firming body moisturizer and organic body scrub that contains caffeine, ginger, or green tea, and in a few
weeks, you’ll start noticing the difference.
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