celluliteIt has been a problem affecting mainly women for decades, yet cellulite is a condition that can be prevented, or treated once it appears. It is certainly not something that needs to be worried about and is not a threat to health. But for the sake of physical appearance and vanity purposes, it is a condition that women would be happier without.

For this reason, I have dedicated a series of articles to this condition that will explore the causes and various treatments to remove it where possible. While its effect on a person’s appearance may differ from person to person, it is something that can be avoided through making certain lifestyle choices. These will be investigated, along with asking certain questions and looking at the evidence to give us our answers.

What is Cellulite?

Although not a recent problem, it is only since the 1970s that cellulite became the term coined for the plump, dimpled appearance on the skin mainly on the thighs but also around the belly and backside. Most of us are well aware of what it looks like, but how many of us really understand what it is, where it comes from and what we can do to avoid its appearance or if it has already made an appearance, what we can do to get rid of it!

Beneath our skin, we have a layer of fatty tissue known as subcutaneous fat. This is the type of fat that generally accumulates as a result of consuming excess amounts of calories from food. It’s main function is to insulate our bodies and help regulate our body temperature, protecting it from wide variances of external temperature and adverse weather. cellulite appearanceIt helps keep us warm when it is cold, and similarly insulates us from excessively high temperatures.

This subcutaneous fat adheres to the firm layer of connective tissue known as collagen. Before the appearance of cellulite, the layers of collagen and subcutaneous fat appear smooth and give our skin that young, wrinkle free appearance. This appearance continues as long as the cells containing the fat remain in a healthy, strong and flexible condition.

Unfortunately, cell structure can weaken over time and this weakening of the cell walls causes a sagging that affects the collagen above. This creates a knock-on effect that results in the dimpled, “orange-skin” appearance of the skin that we know as cellulite.

When Does Cellulite Start to Appear?

The condition generally begins to make its appearance in women between the ages of 25 and 35, although this can differ from person to person. It often depends on how physically fit and healthy the person is and whether they are overweight or not, although some overweight women have no cellulite while some slim or underweight women do and vice versa.

It appears when the fat cells begin to weaken and lose the layer of fat tissue loses its smooth, flexible properties and begins to appear ridged and uneven. When that happens, because of its strong connection with the layer of collagen, the skin above starts to become similarly uneven and that tell tale dimply texture starts to become noticeable.

Will Cellulite Get Worse Over Time?

Depending upon the physical health and lifestyle of the person, the visible signs of this skin condition may worsen only very slightly or it can progressively become more visible. Again, this can differ greatly from person to person, so there are really no hard and fast guidelines as to how rapidly the condition will become more noticeable or spread from the thighs to other areas of the body, such as the backside and tummy.

How Can I Get Rid of Cellulite?

The question of how to get rid of cellulite and similar concerns will be covered in our series of articles on the subject. This will enable people to more easily read the articles, because its easier to read shorter and more to the point essays than to have it all presented in one very long, boring article!

We will also take some time to review cellulite treatments that are currently available. Check below for new titles as we research, write and publish them here in this website.

Terry Didcott