Cellulite is a progressive condition that begins to visibly show as the body ages. Cellulite appears as lumpy, cottage cheese-like bumps and groves under the skin. The skin begins to look dimpled, and the uneven texture continues to worsen and spread. It can appear on any part of the body that carries weight, such as the thighs, upper arms, and buttocks.
Cellulite is caused by an excess amount of fat in the body. While it can be caused by being overweight, this is not typically the case. It can also be caused by aging or loss of muscle. The appearance of cellulite is caused by the clumps of fat tissue pushing against the layers of skin.
As the body ages, the water that makes the skin supple is lost. Collagen fibers begin to break down, making the skin weaker. It begins to thin, making the appearance of the fat cells more evident. The skin weakens and dries out to the point that the subcutaneous fat begins to push up on the skin.
People of all ages and weights have subcutaneous fat cells. Cellulite begins to appear when there is damage to the dermis, or skin, layers. As such, treatment for cellulite should focus on repairing the skin and keeping it healthy.
Eating a well-balanced diet will nourish the skin and keep it strong. The same types of nutrients that are good for facial skin and anti-aging, such as antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin A, are also good for skin in cellulite-prone areas.
Over-the-counter creams are available to firm up the skin and encourage new collagen production. Serums and creams that are specifically formulated to battle cellulite contain high amounts of cell-fortifying nutrients.
Replacing lost moisture is also important. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Apply a moisturizer after every shower. By taking care of the skin, it will begin to rebuild its strong structure. This will banish cellulite, leaving the skin smooth and dimple-free.
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