Cellulite is known by such monikers as ‘cottage cheese’ and ‘orange peel’, perhaps ironically, as these are both considered healthy for the body, which cellulite is not.
Apart from the unappealing aesthetic and ‘unhealthy’ status it imposes on us, it is uncomfortable and can lead to, coincide with, or is an indication of more serious problems, such as ‘water’ retention, poor circulation, weight gain, pain, spider veins, varicose veins, and shrinking, weakening muscle tone.
Cellulite is a form of underlying, subcutaneous warfare on the body, by the body. What does it say about those of us who might have it or might be getting it? And what is it about cellulite that makes it so unpleasant, even stigmatising? Everything about it is a personal affront.
Cellulite is synonymous with the word ‘fat’, a terribly unflattering term, and for very good reasons. Yet, ‘skinny’ people can have it too. So, even if we are lithe, sporty, and eat healthily we can still develop cellulite? What gives?! A common myth is that cellulite is a build-up of toxins in the skin – NO – it is literally the fat deposits that push through collagen fibres and against the skin.
We could argue that fat is a form of body rubbish, pollution or toxicity. It is the direct result of unhealthy weight gain forcing the skin to be overloaded with fat cells that begin to expand and besiege connective tissues and other layers within the skin. Fat cells do not play nicely with the other kids in the playground.
The connective tissues’ integrity is weakened due to the onslaught of the cellulite forcing itself beyond its natural borders. And as we age, we adopt a more sedentary lifestyle hence the decreasing muscle tone; collagen and estrogen production naturally wain, which is related to poor circulation. We age, we degrade, unless wisdom and experience count for something here.
Is there really a gene variant that causes cellulite? Sadly, YES. But not all hope is lost. Genetics play but a small role. Lifestyle choices, those factors we can control, give us the power to deter, eliminate, or lessen the effects of cellulite and the hold it can take on our unsuspecting bodies.
One of the worst things for our bodies to do is to get so worked up that our Adrenaline, Cortisol, and Norepinephrine levels become unbalanced. What? The 3 stress hormones created by the cute-sounding, little hypothalamus. Why? Because stress and hormonal imbalance are the ‘devil’ when it comes to weight gain.
What is our defensive strategy?
Work-to-Play ratio, a.k.a. the work/life balance. Relaxing. For starters, relaxation decreases stress levels and prevents that harmful imbalance.
Relaxation is the first step to our Healthy Me, Healthy Body Campaign. Is it the only way? Maybe, maybe not. But it might be the best way. So what does that look like?
A nutritious, balanced diet, quality protein intake, vitamin and mineral supplements, hydration, consistent exercise, such as resistance training to strengthen muscle tone. There are specialist beauty treatments available, such as Cloud9 Skin Solutions‘ own Body Makeover gel, and self-help techniques, like massaging the affected areas regularly to stimulate blood flow and encourage lymphatic drainage.
The Bottom Line
We may not be able to do a thing about our genetics, but we can improve our cellulite situation by implementing our warfare strategy, the body solution, e.g. finding an enjoyable workout strategy and adopting more active and healthy lifestyle choices. Structure a healthy eating regimen, do yoga, and find the right balance between work and play.