By Laurel House, Planet Green
Roughly 90 percent of all women are affected by it. The unsightly skin condition is unbiased, tackling women of all shapes and sizes- skinny, average or overweight, even supermodels (Tyra Banks most recently admitted to having it). Still, the media makes a big deal out of cellulite — causing a frenzy to try to find a cure. While treatments ranging from non-invasive laser procedures to surgery, plus a slew of chemically infused topicals, tout their smoothing ability, those of us who try to maintain a more natural and green beauty mentality feel stuck in the cold — forced to suffer with the rippled dimples. Thankfully, there are green lifestyle changes we can make to help minimize the appearance of cellulite without going under the knife or surrendering to toxic treatments. Yes, you can tackle your cellulite troubles and save money by going green!
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is not caused from fat. It’s actually an issue of weak connective tissues. When the bands of connective tissue that separate the layer of normal fat from the dermis (the middle layer of skin), free-floating fat cells can penetrate the weakened lattice and become trapped just below the surface of the skin. It’s that trapped fat that results in the dimpling of the skin that we know as cellulite.
Why do connective bands weaken?
- Hormones (which is why few men have cellulite)
Is cellulite a superficial or a serious problem?
Both actually. Cellulite may start as just a cosmetic problem. But it’s a progressive condition that worsens with age. As it worsens and the fat sacks become fuller and tougher, they can actually be quite painful when under pressure (like when you are sitting down). Thankfully, similar to other progressive medical problems, cellulite can be minimized, managed and therefore contained…more or less. However, there is no cure for cellulite. The biggest problem with cellulite treatments is that there really aren’t any great treatments. There are some good options out there, but they are temporary fixes. If you want to help minimize the appearance of cellulite and stop its proliferation, the best plan of attack is to strengthen the fibers of the connective tissues so that no more fat can permeate into the dermis, by making green lifestyle changes.
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