If you one of 80 to 90% of women stressing about the dimply orange peel skin on your butt , hips, stomach, arms and thighs? You know what cellulite looks like—lumpy cottage cheese. But have you ever wondered what cellulite actually is, and how it’s formed?
When fat cells push up against our skin, and the fibrous tissue that connects our skin to our muscle pulls down, it causes that uneven dimpled, orange peel or cottage cheese appearance “commonly found on the hips, thighs, buttocks and back of arms,” says osteopathic physician Robert A. Kominiarek, DO.
It’s more noticeable in areas with more fat stores, such as the buttocks, hips and thighs, although it’s also found on the stomach and arms. Cellulite forms when the body’s circulatory system becomes sluggish, allowing pockets of fat to build up and expand, squeezing on the surrounding fibrous connective tissues and pushing them out of shape. These pockets of fat then push up against the skin, giving it its characteristic dimpled appearance.
4 Types of Cellulite
Not all cellulite is created equal there are 4 basic types – and most women have at least one of them.
That’s right, there are actually 4 different types of cellulite, and they are as follows:
Type 1: Loose Skin Cellulite
With age, as collagen and elastin fibers in the subcutaneous adipose tissue
weaken, there is increased sliding of the skin over the muscles and tissues, causing dimpling in the skin surface.
While looking in a mirror, take two fingers and pinch the skin underneath your eye or on the top of your hand. When you release it, if the skin is sluggish to snap back, that’s a sign you probably have loose skin cellulite, Dr. Bowe explains.
The key here is looking for lotions that have 3 main ingredients that help firm the skin: red algae, peptides and vitamin A. They can help bring back some of the elasticity that you may have lost over time, according to Dr. Bowe. Apply the lotion twice per day, and be sure to apply a dime-sized amount per area, and massage in thoroughly.
Type 2: Poor Circulation Cellulite
Edematous cellulite: where excess fluid retention and venous insufficiency leads to a soft, squishy effect. Fat beneath the skin is pushed against the surrounding connective tissue, and the excess fat that amassed is the superficial layer of tissue bulges between bands of connective tissue.
Two clues that signal you might have it are cold hands and feet, and sparse hair on your legs.
Dr. Bowe suggests using a dry brush to scrub the area in a circular motion for about 10 minutes on each leg. Doing this every day will wear down the fibers that are buckling to smooth them out, he says.
Type 3: Lack of Exercise Cellulite
Fibrotic cellulite: where the skin is much harder and compact, but still has that typical dimpled appearance. Skipping your workouts can cause an increase in fatty tissue, making cellulite more noticeable, Dr. Bowe says, adding that this is very common in people who have had recent weight gain or weight loss.
Dr. Bowe recommends trying pants that are made with special fabric infused with cellulite-busting ingredients like caffeine, retinol and vitamin E. Wear for 8 hours a day for eight weeks to help smooth lumps and bumps. Upping your activity level will also help firm your body and reduce the look of cellulite.
Type 4: Genetic Cellulite
Dr. Bowe says that a lot of women have a predisposition will make them more susceptible to cellulite.
Hold a flashlight at an angle and shine it at your thighs — if you see a shadow that looks like a clear dimple, this is you, Dr. Bowe says.
Dr. Bowe suggests a minimally invasive treatment called subcision which uses microblading to permanently divide the fibrous bands that cause cellulite, results in smoother looking skin for up to 3 years.
There are no medical cures for cellulite it can be treated or minimized with diet and exercise. Here is one program that me be of use to you.
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