Cellulite is a common skin concern that affects many people’s confidence, 95% of people in the UK have some cellulite. Cellulite is a bumpy, orange peel texture on the skin and can be found on all body shapes and sizes and typically occurs on areas where we have more fatty tissue, such as thighs, buttocks, stomach and upper arms.
Cellulite happens when enlarged packets of body fat–deposited deep underneath the skin–push up against the underlying connective tissue.
When the underlying fat cells expand in size it limits the space under the skin, which places upward pressure on the connective tissue. That pressure forces the fat cells up against the top layers of skin, creating a visibly dimpled look on the surface.
A number of factors can contribute to cellulite including:
Noticeable weight gain
Genetic predisposition to fat accumulation
Hormone changes such as pregnancy and menopause
Loss of elasticity due to ageing
Lack of exercise
Crash diets and poor nutrition.
Treatments to help the reduction of cellulite include: