Here’s why you shouldn’t worry about cellulite

20 April 2017 by
First published: 22 July 2016

Here’s why you shouldn’t worry about cellulite…

Cellulite has long been the bug-bear of many women, so we decided to set the record straight and tell you why you shouldn’t worry about cellulite. We spoke to Armen Mirzoian, the founder of Cloud 9 Skin Solutions, to get the low-down on the dreaded c-word. First of all, what is cellulite?
Quite simply, cellulite consists of fat cells beneath the skin that have managed to push against the skin’s connective tissue. This process can give the skin an orange peel/dimpled texture.

Why does cellulite occur?

It’s frustrating when people label it as an issue solely for ‘overweight’ people. That is simply untrue. You can be thin and still suffer from it, and equally you could be heavy set and have no trace of it. Yes, fat cells play a part in the visibility of cellulite, however fat cells alone don’t cause cellulite. Cellulite is the result of the overlying skin structure combined with the underlying fat cells pushing through against it.

Who is mostly likely to get cellulite?

Women are much more likely to get it than men, however men can also have it. It is a hereditary characteristic, so you are more likely to get it if women in your family have cellulite. Other factors that can increase your chances of having cellulite include: poor diet, slow metabolism, lack of physical activity, high body fat percentage, skin thickness, dehydration and it is widely considered that hormone changes (though there are no confirmed studies of this) can affect it also. Cellulite doesn’t discriminate as it can be observed on people of all nationalities, but it can be less visible on darker skin.

What can be done to treat cellulite? 

We always recommend a three-pillar approach:
1/ Diet
2/ Exercise
3/ Skincare regime

Diet that includes low fat foods such as fruits, vegetables, and fibre can help you to avoid cellulite. Similarly, regular exercise, keeping a healthy body weight, and reducing stress can all help to prevent cellulite. In addition, gently massaging an effective cellulite treatment into the affected area using upward motions can help.

Why does cellulite have such negative connotations? 

There is definitely a misconception about cellulite that implies it is reserved exclusively for people who are overweight and perhaps don’t take good care of themselves.

Is cellulite something we need to worry about?

No, in my opinion it is not something to worry about, as it is not harmful. Having said that, it can make women (and men as well) quite self-conscious. When we were creating our range, one of the most common requests we had from women was to create a product that helped to smooth dimpled areas of skin, so quite clearly it is something that people are thinking about.

Having suffered with acne as an adult myself, I can relate to someone who suffers from a skin condition, or something like cellulite, which is visible. It’s easy to label it as vanity, but we’re all different and while cellulite may not bother one person, it may concern another.

I’d tell anyone who is affected by it not to worry, and to just research and make a few changes in diet, exercise and their skincare regime. In many cases, you can see an improvement if you commit to changes. Persistence pays off.