Whether you regularly hit the beach for water sports and working on your golden tan or you just want to look attractive when you wear your shorts in public, cellulite is a skin care problem that tends to lower your self-confidence. Educating yourself about identifying cellulite and its causes helps you battle this problem before it has a chance to affect your skin further.
1. Who Is Affected?
Women are much more likely to have cellulite than men. This is because females naturally have more fat cells in the areas that are most commonly affected by this problem. Age isn't really a factor, since females can develop the cellulite in puberty or anytime thereafter, but it tends to be worse in older women due to the decrease in the skin's elasticity.
2. What Does Cellulite Look Like?
If you see dimples and bumpy flesh on parts of your body, it is most likely cellulite. It appears mainly in the abdominal area, and buttocks, but many females first notice the appearance on their thighs. The cellulite can be found on other areas of the body as well. Your skin can have the texture of an orange peel, or the dimples can be quite noticeable in severe cases. Although cellulite is not harmful, it detracts from your appearance, particularly during warm weather when you are apt to wear shorts and bathing suits. The skin with the bumps and dimples doesn't look aesthetically pleasing, toned or smooth.
3. Causes of Cellulite
When the fat cells in your body accumulate, they tend to push up against the top layers of the skin. At the same time, fibrous cords that attach the skin to the underlying muscles pull down on the epidermis. This results in valleys and bumps forming on the skin surface. Factors that affect how likely you are to have cellulite include genetics, hormonal changes that occur in pregnancy and other conditions, weight gain, and lack of physical activity.