Cellulite is a popular term used to describe fat deposits arranged in large “chambers” under a fairly thin layer of skin and is mostly a female problem. These chambers are separated by columns of collagen fibers. Cellulite is characterized by the skin’s ‘dimpled’ appearance or what is known as the ‘orange-peel effect’. It occurs due to structural changes happening underneath the skin’s top layer. Cellulite is a perfectly normal and harmless condition; however, it is nevertheless a major cosmetic concern for many people. Most women develop cellulite as they age, regardless of their race. According to some studies, as many as 95% of women over the age of 30 develop some form of cellulite in their body.
2. Female hormones (estrogen, and to a lesser extent, progesterone) play an important role in the formation of cellulite. Estrogen is important for the storage of hormones and Prolactin also play an important rule in cellulite formation.
3. Genetic – Many scientists believe cellulite is mostly predetermined by the genes that the individual carries.
4. Being overweight. Even though cellulite also appears on thin individuals, excess weight makes cellulite worse.
5. Pregnancy. Cellulite problems get worse with each successive pregnancy.
6. Poor blood circulation. When there is impaired blood flow to the fat-storage area, collagen fibers are damaged due to the lack of oxygen and the accumulation of toxic wastes. This is also why cellulite is proves to be so difficult to eliminate. Poor blood circulation is often caused by sedentary lifestyles, smoking and high caffeine consumption.
7. Poor lymph drainage. The lymphatic system filters out and carries away cellular wastes and toxins. If it is impaired, toxic products accumulate and inflate these fat cells, causing cellulite.
8. Lack of exercise. Cellulite may be caused by impaired blood circulation and poor muscle tone underneath the skin, which are caused by sedentary lifestyles.
9. Food allergy. Food allergy causes a variety of symptoms including food craving, weight gain, bloating and water retention, all of which worsen cellulite.
10. Highly processed foods that contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners and other additives. Heavy consumption of pre-packaged foods cause builds up of these toxins in the body.
11. Yo-yo dieting. Yo-yo dieting causes a woman to lose fat in the upper body while increasing fat deposits in the buttocks, thighs, and hips. Therefore, this practice tends to make cellulite problems worse than they were before dieting.
12. Sun exposure. Prolonged exposure to the sun accelerates the skin-aging process and the breaking down of collagen, which holds the cellulite chambers.