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What is it?

A condition which causes dimpling of the skin, cellulite is caused by the gradual build-up of fat beneath the tissue. The fat pushes through the connective tissue, creating a lumpy depression. Cellulite (also referred to as orange-peel skin, hail damage, cottage-cheese skin and the mattress phenomenon) is incredibly common, affecting 80-90% of women at some point during their lives.

What are the symptoms?

Signs of cellulite are relatively easy to recognize, it causes an uneven, lumpy, dimpled appearance. Cellulite usually occurs in a localized area of the body, such as on the stomach, thighs, hips, and buttocks.

What are the causes?

Cellulite is more common among women than men, making gender a main cause. Other factors that influence how much cellulite and how visible it is include: Poor diet, slow metabolism, Lack of physical activity, Hormone changes, Dehydration, Total body fat, Genetics, Thickness and Colour of the skin.

What should you avoid?

Maintaining a healthy diet is a key element to avoid getting cellulite. Refraining from eating foods that are high in sugar, cholesterol and saturated fats and drinking one to two litres of clean drinking water every day will help clear the body of cellulite-causing toxins. Cellulite toxins are dietary toxins from junk food, which can accumulate in the cells under the skin, causing fat and fluid retention. A healthy diet and exercising for at least one hour daily will burn fat and aid in avoiding the development of cellulite. Brushing the skin with a loofah sponge or skin brush when bathing or showering can prevent the formation of cellulite. This is achieved by stimulating lymph and blood flow as well as eliminating dead surface skin cells. This in turn encourages the growth of new skin cells. Harmful toxins such as alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and illegal drugs intoxicates the body. These harmful toxins can slow down and/or damage the liver and kidneys, which in turn will slow your body’s ability to eliminate waste products, which can cause cellulite formation. Regular body massages are not only relaxing, but can also prevent fat deposits from dimpling the skin as well as lessening the appearance of existing cellulite.

Who is affected?

Having cellulite doesn't mean that someone is necessarily overweight. If an individual is overweight, however, losing weight may reduce cellulite. Woman are mostly affected by cellulite, especially during times of change, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.