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The low down on cellulite - is it ‘normal’ and can we treat it?

Published: Mon December 18, 2017
Categories: The Myth Minx

If you have noticed the familiar dimpling caused via cellulite, you’re actually in the majority rather than the minority. Recent stats show that approximately 80 – 90 percent of women will have some degree of cellulite on their body (most often over the thighs, 
buttocks and hips). Women will have an increased tendency for cellulite as compared to our male counterparts as women naturally have a higher body fat percentage and lower percentage of lean muscle mass. 

Having cellulite does not mean you are overweight; in fact there are numerous factors that can contribute to this benign connective tissue disorder. Interestingly, you could even be quite lean and still notice cellulite in particular body areas. Let Myth Minx explain how this occurs and what you can do to lessen the appearance should you wish to address it.

Most importantly, cellulite itself is not harmful to your health, for some it’s the appearance that concerns them while others are more curious about what is causing its occurrence.

How does cellulite occur?

To put it simply, the classic dimpling appearance of cellulite occurs as fat deposits push through the layer of connective tissue. This will occur when the connective tissue network that supports your fatty tissue stiffens and hardens, creating fibrous bands of connective 
tissue in which fat will bulge between. Vascular and lymphatic drainage are also impacted by this phenomenon, which can worsen the condition. Those who are relatively inactive will have poor circulation and lymphatic drainage thereby increasing their likelihood of 
cellulite formation over time.

Women are far more prone to cellulite due to the composition of their connective tissue. In men the connective tissue network has a cross linked structure, whereas women’s connective tissue has more of a ‘picket fence’ appearance, making it easier for fatty tissue to protrude through. 

Factors contributing to cellulite formation

  • Age
  • Hormonal activity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Smoking
  • Diet (low fibre, high in processed carbohydrates, saturated fat and sodium) 

It’s thought that hormones can greatly impact cellulite development, including the female hormone oestrogen. As oestrogen declines (with age) fat cells can enlarge. Couple this with reduced circulation and blood flow (also from declining oestrogen) and you have the perfect storm for cellulite formation. 

Many women notice cellulite worsening over time, particularly from the age of 30 onwards. This can correlate to a decreasing rate of collagen production. If our collagen production slows, the density of our connective tissue is reduced, thus enabling fatty tissue an easier pathway to protrude. 

Lifestyle tips to target cellulite

  • Increase physical activity
  • Try dry body brushing daily to encourage circulation and lymphatics
  • Exfoliate the area to encourage circulation
  • Avoid cigarette smoking
  • Increase intake of vegetables, fruits, essential fatty acids and high fibre foods
  • Increase water intake

Try exfoliating the affected area a few times per week using Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14%, this will encourage circulation and create a smoother softer skin tone. Skinstitut Multi-Active Oil is a great accompaniment to nourish and hydrate the skin improving texture and tone. Simply apply to the area daily to keep the skin hydrated and reduce the appearance of bumpiness.

 

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