Squeeze or pinch about 2 inches of skin on your hips, thighs or rear. If you notice a quilted appearance, similar to the look of an orange peel you could have a problem known as cellulite. Find answers as we explore the ugly truth about this very common condition.
Q: What is cellulite?
A: Scientifically named “Toxic Oedematous Fibrostic Superficial Panniculitis”, cellulite literally translates to mean: (1)the inflammation of the superficial deposits of fat, (2)accumulated with toxic, fat-soluable waste by-products, (3)accompanied by water retention & scar tissue.
Q: How is cellulite formed?
A: These are the 3 stages of cellulite formation:
- STAGE 1: Fat accumulation and fluid retention – accumulations of fat and fluids cause cells to swell up to 500 times their normal size. Creating pockets of fat, these cells enlarge with excess fat and water, expanding and pushing the skin upwards creating ripples and lumps. This is the beginning of cellulite. As these areas continue to retain water, blood becomes increasingly stagnant due to poor circulation making the removal of these fat deposits difficult.
- STAGE 2: Toxins and inflammation. Accumulation of fat and water leads to inflammation in the tissues. These inflammed tissues accumulate fat-soluble waste by-products and toxins, causing further water retention. This viscous cycle of inflammation and water retention greatly disrupts cellular metabolism and eventually leads us into the final stage.
- STAGE 3: Scar tissue (fibrosis) and loss of firmness or skin tone. As fluid and fat continue to expand the skin, connective tissues becomes thin, weak and loose, creating deformations to the skin including indentations, sagginess and scarring. The end result of all this is cottage cheese like, lumpy, flabby skin, that is sensitive to touch and easy to bruise.
Q: What are the causes of cellulite?
A: The following lifestyle factors are commonly linked causes of cellulite.
- Improper diet – Overeating, and diets high in sugar, hydrogenated oils & fat all cause the body to store more saturated fats. These fats are the building blocks of cellulite. Not enough water intake causes toxins to get trapped in the fat cells.
- Lack of Activity – extra calories get stored as fat in the cells where cellulite develops. Inactivity also leads to poor circulation which inhibits collagen/elastin synthesis. As more fat is stored, the connective tissue that keeps skin firm and smooth deteriorates and eventually hardens, causing the orange-peel effect of cellulite.
- Contraceptives/Pregnancy – increases in the hormone estrogen stimulates growth of fat cells in the same layer that cellulite forms Also stimulates greater percentage of antilipolytic enzymes (enzymes that stop fat breakdown) in thighs and hips.
- Smoking & Alcohol – Smoking damages blood vessels & connective tissues. Alcohol causes your body to store more fat. Neither are good for you or your cellulite!
Q: How can I get rid of cellulite and prevent it from getting worse?
A: To get rid of cellulite, you have to target the causes while also dealing with its effects. Eliminating the four lifestyle factors addressed above is first and foremost in getting rid of cellulite now and for long-term cellulite prevention. Supplement lifestyle changes by applying an effective anti cellulite treatment. There are many cellulite creams in the market today.
Q: How do I find the best cellulite cream?
A: A good cellulite cream is one that addresses the causes of cellulite as well as dealing with its effects. Most cellulite treatments only target the asthetic aspect of cellulite. Results from these treatments are temporary and require ongoing applications. Choose a cellulite treatment like finulite, a formula scientifically engineered to treat the three stages of cellulite development. Finulite is a cellulite cream addressing and eliminating each stage of cellulite formation and will create permanent results to truly bring “the end to cellulite”.