Learning more about cellulite can help you prevent it
Cellulite describes the dimples and bumps that occur on the skin due to fat deposits accumulated underneath the skin. Almost every woman develops cellulite at some point in her life, but this condition is more common in post-pubertal females.
Cellulite usually occurs on the thighs and on the buttocks, as these areas usually deposit more fat. However, cellulite can also develop on other parts of the body:
- Pelvic area
- Upper arms
It is well known that cellulite develops due to fat deposits under the skin, but what causes these fat deposits?
Recent studies have proven that women who have a family history of cellulite are more prone to develop this condition. Some women are born with week veins, fat cells, hormonal problems, which all can lead to cellulite.
Female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) are believed to have a very important role in cellulite development. Estrogen determines the growth of fat cells in your body, while high levels of progesterone can cause weight gain and water retention.
Overweight people have a higher risk of developing cellulite, due to the fat accumulated in their organism. However, thin people can suffer from this condition too.
Sedentary people can develop blood circulation and lymphatic system problems. Because of lack of exercise, the blood and the lymphatic fluids in your body put too much pressure on veins and vessels; this causes fluid retention and poor circulation, which lead to cellulite.
Smoking is well known to destroy your overall health. But not many people know it can also cause cellulite. Cigarette smoke contains many substances that can damage veins and vessels, which lead to the “orange peel-like” appearance.
Stress increases adrenalin production, which also plays a part in the development of cellulite.
Pregnancy causes great hormonal changes and increases water retention, which can determine the occurrence of cellulite.