Busting Myths about Cellulite
It had been a mystery for decades. Doctors, dermatologists, and aestheticians racked their minds over this seemingly simple, superficial issue: Cellulite. As people— often women— flaunt their beauty and “assets”, what looks like a tiny flaw on one’s legs can ruin a sunny summer’s day or a chic, well-thought-out ensemble. There are stories of people covering themselves up because of the annoying, jiggly excess of skin that don’t at all appeal to the beholder’s eyes (which is usually the person with the cellulite).
However, because of recent discoveries, we’re finally living in a time where we can brandish our “physical gifts” without fear of ridicule— not that any skin imperfection should stop you from wearing breezy and fashionable clothes, or a bikini for that matter, but solving this wiggly, crumply issue helps with deeply-rooted esteem issues as well.
Science has finally shed light on the problem that is Cellulite. As an enigma to us in the past, we’ve built certain beliefs around it that continue to worry and concern everyone.
Read on to know a few myths about cellulite that we’re busting with scientifically-based facts.
Myth: Sedentary Lifestyle Leads To Cellulite Buildup
It’s long been assumed that living a sedentary lifestyle causes cellulite build up. However, according to research, cellulite is a result of a combination of factors which may include hormones, age, lifestyle, and genetics.
Technically, not exercising DOES NOT in itself cause cellulite. However, sitting on your bum all day means a lack of muscle tone, which equates to weaker connective tissues, which makes for visible cellulites, and this is when you see more of that “orange peel” form around your thighs. Although working out doesn’t guarantee zero cellulite, it helps in its own way to minimize its visibility.
Myth: Men Don’t Have Cellulite
We describe cellulite as fat that sits under the skin, mostly in the thighs, hips, and buttocks. They usually look crinkly or dimpled. Since women usually store a lot of fat in the lower parts of their bodies (to cater to birthing and conception), it’s natural for them to have more cellulite compared to men. This is a silly assumption, considering that both men and women have skin and both produce fat.
No one’s really free from the foreboding clasps of cellulite, and although not a lot of men complain about it, we only have the media to blame for imposing a specific body image that’s hard to achieve, especially for women. For both sexes, cellulite is an indisputable future for when we age since our skin becomes saggier, when we lose our skin’s elasticity, and our muscle tone.
Myth: Only Overweight People Have Cellulite
Fat is fat no matter who has it. Skinny people can have fats as much as fat or lean people do. There are several kinds of fat, and cellulite is just a form of subcutaneous fat, which is fat stored under the skin. It’s important in the body as it helps with insulation and functions as protection and padding for your muscles and bones.
This means that everyone is prone to develop cellulite. The development of cellulite actually has more to do with the tissue that connects your muscles and fat to your skin, which is called the fascia, which bundles up your muscle fibers together, binding them to your subcutaneous fat, and then your fat to your skin.
Myth: Cellulite Affects Your Health Negatively
According to research, cellulite will not affect your health at all. If you’re already living a physically active lifestyle and healthy eating habits, cellulite is nothing more than another superficial issue. Too much fat in the body may be alarming, of course, but this is the only time when cellulite can be a huge concern. Too much fat that hardens over time can bring about hormonal imbalance.
Myth: There’s No Solution For Cellulite
Cellulite used to be one of the biggest mysteries of cosmetic science back in the day. For ages, the market offered creams, lotions, and devices that promised to “treat” or “cure” cellulite, but to no avail. With the past decade’s research and technology, however, solutions to this issue come up and give better results. This of course, came from a clearer understanding of what cellulite is.
From new techniques and creams, the market has a lot to offer. Even for topical solutions, we have TreeActiv’s Ashwagandha Cellulite Cream/Anti-Cellulite Treatment which helps with collagen stimulation, blood circulation and reduction of inflammation— all of which are added components to the development of cellulite.
With these myths busted, spread the word and walk freely and confidently knowing that you have cracked the code and broken free from this dilemma. Do your research and check with your dermatologist about the best treatment for you!