What is it? And how come only 10% of men suffer from it?
Let's me debunk this for you.
Cellulite is the combination of fat and collagen fibers. The reason why it is not nearly
as common for men to have cellulite has to do with the way that their collagen fibers
run in their lower body and the areas that they deposit fat is different compared to
As women begin to approach menopause our estrogen levels start to decrease.
So from the age of 25-35 you will start to see the appearance of cellulite when you
never had it before. I started to see it around my bum over the last frew years.
The short of it is when oestrogen levels we have a decrease in circulation to our thighs.
With the decrease of circulation comes less oxygen and nutrients reaching the area.
As a result collagen production slows down which weakens and allows the fat cells
to protude through the skin forming cellulite. Oh and also our fat also start becoming
larger which is why it protudes through in the first place.
So to improve the appearance of cellulite comes down to three things reducing fat,
improving the strength and health of collagen and increasing circulation.
Factors that can contribute to increased cellulite:
Poor diet Your diet alone can not determine whether or not you will have cellulite however a
well balanced diet will reduce body fat and reduce inflammation in the body. Both
factors decreasing the appearance of cellulite.
Hormone changes As we age cellulite can be more prevalent due to the decreased amount of estrogen
production. Estrogen is the hormone responsible for keeping blood vessels flowing.
Without as much estrogen production there is less circulation which means decreased
amounts of collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.
Thickness and colour of your skin Someone with thicker and darker skin will have less noticeable cellulite compared
with someone with pale thinner skin.
Body fat percentage The higher your body fat percentage the more fat will be tightly packed in between
collagen fibers increasing cellulite. The more fat you have underneath your skin the
more likely it is to put pressure on your connective tissue and bulge out of weak spots.
Obviously your genes will play a vital role in being more suceptable to developing cellulite.
These are just a handful of causes, there are many more contributing factors.
It is very hard to get rid of cellulite entirely hence why there is no miracle cure. It is an on
going thing we will have to deal with as we continue to age. But we can reduce the appearance.
So how can you decrease the appearance?
Well I'm a firm believer in the healthier and more active your lifestyle is the more you will
decrease things such as fat gain and cellulite. I don't believe topical creams really do much
as the problem is internal not external. To really increase your chances of decreasing
cellulite you really have to start with things you can do to improve your body internally.
- Stay hydrated - Resistance training - Maintain a healthy weight - Eat healthy - Reduce toxic overload
Cellulite creams: When looking to treat cellulite there is 3 things you need to address.
Increase Collagen production and connective tissue
Reduce the Fat
This is why the cellulite creams don't really make waves. They only address the fat factor by using ingredients that block fat production receptors in that area but not the collagen
or circulation problem.
Dry Brushing: Helps stimulate circulation (always brush towards your lymph nodes so upwards) Dry brushing paired with moisturising will help also maintain beautiful skin which can help reduce the appearance.
Lasers and Radiofrequency: These type of treatments are costly but work on the surface layer, breaking down the fat and tightening skin. Again it won't cure your cellulite and requires multiple regular treatments.
Endermologie: Uses machinery to roll, suck and deep massage to try and break up the fat cells.Results again won't cure your cellulite and results only last a couple of months and repeat sessions are necessary.
Unfortunately this is another part of that good old aging process ladies.