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How to Get Rid of Cellulite
You can spot the tell-tale orange-peel effect of cellulite on the thighs of the skinniest catwalk models. But some overweight women are dimple-free. So what causes cellulite, and more importantly, is there anything you can do to get rid of it?
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is fat, water and lymphatic fluid trapped in a webbing of tough collagen fibres under the skin. If this connective tissue becomes weakened, small pockets of fat and fluid can push through towards the surface, becoming more visible. It’s usually seen on thighs and the bottom, but can appear on the calves, ankles, stomach, and upper arms.
What Causes Cellulite?
Collagen fibres seem to weaken with age, and it’s thought female sex hormones play a part – why cellulite is rare in men.
According to US dermatologists, nutritional deficiencies can cause damage to connective tissue and allow fat to show through.
Some women do seem more prone to it than others, and genetics may play a part. It may be that some of us are simply born with weaker collagen than others, which is why you see traces of cellulite on girls as young as six.
Some people believe toxins (chemicals ingested from the food chain and water supply, and pollutants breathed in from the environment) cause cellulite. The theory is that the body stores toxins in cells near the skin’s surface where they can do least damage. But the jury’s still out – many experts are sceptical that toxins accumulate, as the liver is highly efficient at eliminating them from the body.