Those pesky patches of dimply skin that typically appear on the thighs are the bane of many women’s lives. Cellulite is subject to numerous myths and facts about its causes and treatments. But what’s true and what’s not?
Theory: Only people who are overweight have cellulite
Myth. Anyone can have cellulite, whether they’re young, old, well-built or slim. Fat cells exist under the skin and cellulite occurs as the cells swell and become more fibrous. As this swelling occurs, the tissue changes in texture, which causes the dimpling look we know as cellulite.
Theory: Cellulite only occurs on the thighs
Whilst it’s true that cellulite does occur on the thighs, it’s not the only area that can be affected. It’s also found on the bottom, hips, lower abdomen, on the inner knee area and even under the arms.
Theory: Women are more prone to cellulite
True. Anyone can get cellulite, but because hormonal changes and genetics increase the likelihood of it, women tend to be more prone to cellulite than men.
Theory: If you lose weight, you’ll automatically lose cellulite.
Myth. Wouldn’t this be great if it worked? But, although keeping an eye on your weight, being fit and toned do help, you certainly don’t automatically banish cellulite simply by losing weight.
In fact, how and where fat accumulates is connected to your hormones and genetics and your individual pattern is set at puberty. Whilst you can’t change your body’s pattern, you can still minimize the effects by eating healthily and exercising regularly.
Theory: Special creams work by melting away cellulite.
Myth. Sadly, it’s not possible for a cream to melt away cellulite, although it sounds like a lovely idea.
Rather than using products that promise to melt away your cellulite, we recommend using all natural scrubs that will strengthen the skin, drain away excess fluids, and boost circulation. They work on the outer layer of the skin to make the cellulite look smoother, firmer, and plumper.
Here are some of our favorite DIY cellulite recipes:
Theory: Massage gets rid of cellulite
This is another theory that’s open to debate. The theory suggests that massage can break down the fibrous bands of cellulite, but there’s a lack of definite evidence to prove it.