There are some wildly inaccurate promises and pieces flying around during summer and we take a look at some of the more common misconceptions…
Myth 1: I have cellulite because I have too much fat.
While of course, fat cells play their part in visibly dimpled areas of skin, it is, in fact, the connective fibres of the skin that create the dimpling effect. The fat cells are the same ones that everyone has and you’re only seeing them because they are penetrating through the connective tissues. It is these connective tissues that play a key role. Reducing body fat can minimise the visibility but essentially the problems lie with the connective tissues.
Myth 2: I’m unlucky because I get cellulite.
There are so many people (men and women) in your shoes so don’t think of yourself as uniquely suffering. Cellulite is a perfectly normal and natural skin quality and hundreds of millions of people have it. Women are much more likely to have it than men due to how the fibrous bands of skin run in relation to the skin surface.
Myth 3: I’m older so that’s why I have cellulite.
Yes, cellulite can increase with age but it doesn’t discriminate. You can be a teenager and show visible signs of dimpling. Your hormones, genes and how/ where you store your fat ultimately determine this more than anything else. As we get older our skin becomes thinner and couple with skin laxity and sun damage can all contribute to more visible dimpling.
Myth 4: If I lose some weight then all my cellulite will disappear.
‘Weight loss’ is a very vague and misleading term. Instead of categorising in terms of ‘weight loss’, we can say that instead of building muscle, eating a balanced diet low in processed carbs and sugars while ensuring you stay hydrated is a good way to eliminate subcutaneous fat within the connective tissue. Aerobic exercise mixed with weight training is a great way to help reduce the visibility of dimpled skin. (See our previous blog post by PT guru Aimee Stevens for some tips by clicking here.)
Instead of focusing solely on fat, you can be training and strengthening the fibrous connective tissue under the skin, which in turn regains some elasticity and reduces the visibility of dimpled skin.
Myth 5: The Sun will make my cellulite disappear.
UV rays can actually damage your skin by damaging the collagen and elastin structure, which in fact can increase the visibility of cellulite.
Myth 6: I’ll train the areas that have cellulite and it’ll vanish.
Your body burns fat at a similar rate all across your body so you can’t target fat loss in one specific area. You can, however, tone areas such as buttocks and thighs, which can somewhat lower the visibility of cellulite patches.
Being physically fit does make you less likely to develop cellulite even if you have weaker connective tissue, however, this is not to be confused with gaining or losing fat, muscle tone is what is required as well as a lower body fat percentage. And even then, this is unique to every person as we all store and burn fat in different ways.
Can skincare help?
Anyone promising that cellulite will miraculously disappear after using a topical cream is not telling the truth. That is not to say that they cannot be used in conjunction with all of the above tips also.
Our Body Makeover Skin Firming Body Gel was designed to do things differently to the products already on the market. We never promise what is unachievable. We can, however, say that our gel is unique in its composition and effectiveness. By stimulating blood flow to the area with Ivy extract and Grapeseed Extract (which may cause a blush on some people), and combining that with ingredients that are proven to strengthen and thicken the skin, noticeable results can be achieved, especially with people working on the dietary and physical exercise side of things. Try it and you will see a difference, if you are not satisfied then we offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee!