All of us are familiar with the cellulite problems that affect more than 85% of women. After pregnancy, women gain weight and cellulite starts showing up. Or if the skin starts loosening after a certain age, cellulite appears on the skin. At any age, at any weight, you can be hit by this world-wide cosmetic problem known as cellulite. These are actually fat deposits. Water gets retained in the fat cells. They start showing up and make the skin looks lumpy as bumps and ridges appear on it.
Cellulite Has Different Stages, Let’s Take A Look At Each Of Them
- The beginning: At the first stage of cellulite, the connective tissues have a soft consistency. It iss not painful and if you notice carefully, the beginning of cellulite is at the thighs or at back of the knees.
- Later stage: The cellulite becomes hard. When you pinch, the skin may become wrinkly. Skin of the affected area appears dull and grayish. The connective tissue between skin and the underlying tissues becomes inflamed and cause pain while pinching.
- Atrophy Stage: At this stage, you may feel small balls under your skin. These balls are actually nodules. These nodules are hard and rigid thus appearing ball-like.
Most Affected Areas
Area most affected by cellulite are- hips, knees, ankles, insides of thighs, back of the arms, nape of the neck, shoulder blades, spinal columns, lower part of the face and the forehead. When the skin starts appearing lumpy with a ‘cottage cheese’ look, you know this is cellulite. It is a form of fat, but it shows up badly and looks ugly. After the initial stage, it may become hard and painful. Thus, get rid of cellulite as soon as possible to regain your body-shape and to avoid further complications after it enters the later stages.
Take Control Of The Situation
Once it is confirmed that you are developing a cellulite problem, act upon it immediately. First of all, improve your blood circulation and burn the extra fat. For this- drink lots of water and do aerobic and cardio-vascular exercises.
You can opt for muscle building exercises too as they burns fat and makes your body look lean. Simple aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, swimming etc., are very helpful in increasing the blood circulation, in turn shaping your body.
Watch what you eat. Cut down totally on fatty food and switch over to fresh fruits and vegetables. Take adequate amount of protein and vitamins. You may even use over-the-counter solutions like topical creams and herbal extracts to get rid of cellulite. These creams may not be 100% effective, but they do give a smoother skin which may reduce the appearance of cellulite. You may use cellulite patches that are now being produced by renowned companies like Nivea and L’Oreal.
Go in for oil massages. Massage improves circulation and helps in reducing the lumpy look. An expert masseuse will know how to concentrate on your problem areas. A dry brushing using a brush made of soft natural fiber is another simple but effective option.
If all of this fail to give desired effects and your cellulite problem is turning painful, you may go in for surgical or invasive processes. Liposuction is a surgical process that removes fat cells from under the skin. Mesotherapy is a microsurgical method, where in certain drugs are injected in your body that melt away the fat cells. With a targeted approach to the removal of cellulite and plenty of determination, you can get rid of this fatty problem.
Start the measures now to prevent the cellulite from entering the later stages where it becomes painful and appears like balls. It may be a bit difficult, but certainly not impossible to remove cellulite from your body.