The Truth About Cellulite
Our modern obsession with body image is getting a tad worrying. 98% of women have cellulite yet we deem it bad or "ugly"! If you do one thing today to improve your body image then read this post!
This post took me a while to piece together. Cellulite is something that I've never extensively researched into, but thanks to your questions, it gave me the perfect reason to delve deeper. So keep them coming!
WHAT IS CELLULITE?
Cellulite is a result of decreased circulation. Asma Ahmed - A new Jersey Dermatologist explains it best; “Cellulite is caused by fibrous bands that run from skin to muscle through the fat, and when they pull downward on the skin, the fat pushes upward. This creates an orange peel appearance with dimpled skin, which is what we know as cellulite.”
When estrogen starts decreasing, which is usually a symptom with age, you lose receptors in the blood vessels and thighs, which causes decreased circulation
Decreases circulation causes less oxygen and nutrients to that area, and with that we see a reduction in collagen
Fat cells also start becoming larger, which causes them to protrude through the collagen and become what we know to be cellulite
SO WHY DO WOMEN GET CELLULITE
Cellulite is mostly down to genetics. If your parents had it, the chances of you having it are high
It is NOT a sign of you being overweight or unhealthy. Cellulite is present on 98% of women, which means that super healthy, underweight and normal-size people will all have some
So please don't think that your cellulite is a sign that you're overweight.
ARE THERE ANY TREATMENTS
A quick stroll through any pharmaceutical and it won't take you long to spot the next magical ointment that's guaranteed to fix your cellulite "problems"
I'm not a dermatologist, but to me they sound like complete horse shit
A cream you apply that changes your genetic makeup and reverses the effects of estrogen?
After delving deep into a few articles I found a few products or services that claim to help, such as;
Grape seed extract (image if your job was to extract seeds from grapes!?)
There are little evidence that any of these treatments work and most of the claims are largely unstudied and unfounded
HERE'S THE LOW BLOW
You can't get rid of cellulite.
According to several studies, there is no clear evidence that there are any effective treatments to eliminate cellulite. Anti-cellulite treatments don’t really cure or get rid of cellulite, but if you’re really bothered by it, there are some treatments and lifestyle changes that can make it less noticeable, dermatologists say.
[From article: https://www.manrepeller.com/2018/02/cure-cellulite.html]
(Here's where I step in) Being physically active and eating healthily can reduce the chances of cellulite forming, or at least help the appearance of it
But exercise will not alter who you are or your genetic makeup. So exercise isn't a real or effective treatment. It's just a means of potentially improving it
CELLULITE HAS ONLY BEEN A PROBLEM IN RECENT YEARS
The way most people perceive themselves today is pretty worrying. In all honesty I completely blame Instagram, ads and magazines
We're lead to believe we should all look like magazine models and if we don't we should be ashamed
Let me tell you a secret. Not even the magazine models look like the magazine models!
All I know about Kim Kardashian is she's famous for being famous, she released a sex tape, her bum will take about 120 years to decompose and she's "body goals" to tonnes of women
But she doesn't post images like this on Instagram?
She's human too (she just doesn't want you to see that side of her)
She's not perfect.. because no one is.
You can describe a long summers day or a trip to Hawaii as perfect, but not the human body, It just doesn't work that way apparently. Unless you accept who you are and the cards you've been dealt
If you compare your body to a photoshopped celebrity, you'll never be happy with how you look or feel
98% of women have cellulite and most symptoms start just after puberty
Unfortunately there is very little you can do to help it
As far as treatments go they either have ZERO proof they actually work or the results are so minor it's barely worth mentioning
If you've got cellulite, learn to accept it. Learn to accept your body and how you're built
Which I know can be hard!
I mean look at me,
I have eczema that effects every mm of my skin, including my scalp, which gets irritable and scaley often
I have allergies that cause my face to go bright red and itchy, as well as causing my eyes to go blood shot and gunky on a regular basis
I have pigmentation in my teeth that glows a lovely shade of yellow if I drink too much tea and coffee.
I have asthma that causes me to inhale like a dogs squeaky toy if I get too hot.. or cold
And finally I have a lovely form of IBS called Ulcerative Colitis that, on bad days, will have me running to the loo quicker than a greyhound on coke
But you know what?
You'll be hard-done to find a more confident person
Own it. Fucking own it.
If you have cellulite then accept it. Don't you dare compare yourself to anyone else and realise you are you.
If you want to improve the way you feel about yourself, then start living a healthy lifestyle and screw social media
Here's one last picture to see you out
Thanks for reading,