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5 Myths About Cellulite

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5 Myths About Cellulite


Cellulite: 90% of women have it, and most of them don’t want it. Though cellulite is little more than a cosmetic nuisance, and there really isn’t a cure, that doesn’t stop American consumers from forking over $60 million+ plus annually on creams, procedures, and other treatments. In a world where thin is in, and Photoshop will take care of the messy details, it’s understandable that many women are less-than-comfortable with their dimply thighs — and aren’t totally clear on how to diminish their appearance. Click through to check out some of the biggest myths about cellulite.

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1. Myth: Tanning will Get Rid of Cellulite.

Fact: Back away from the tanning bed! There’s a long-held belief that tanned skin will mask the signs of cellulite. And, OK, sure, that’s somewhat true, but, in the long run, it will actually make your cellulite worse. Damaged skin is thinner and weaker — a recipe for disaster in the cellulite department.

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2. Myth: Only overweight people get cellulite.

Fact: Even rail-thin models and professional athletes can — and do! — have cellulite, but, thanks to the magic of Photoshop, you’d never see cottage cheese thighs in a glossy magazine.

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3. Myth: Topical creams will get rid of cellulite.

Fact: .. At least permanently. Topical creams are not going to cure your cellulite, but creams with retinoids have been shown your skin appear firmer in the short-term.

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4. Myth: It doesn’t matter what you do — you’re always going to have cellulite.

Fact: Of course, plenty of the reason women have cellulite has to do with genetics — but don’t let yourself off the hook that much. Eating right, exercising often, getting enough sleep and laying off the smokes will all reduce the appearance of cellulite. Another reason to treat your body well!

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5. Myth: Losing weight will get rid of cellulite.

Fact: Losing weight may reduce the appearance of cellulite in some people — but certainly not everyone. For some women, in fact, losing weight makes their cellulite look worse than it did before. There’s no guarantee that weight loss will lead to less cellulite.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:47AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

Love yourself no matter what! We're not on this earth long enough to be concerned with such minor things.

3:58AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014


12:52PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

I wish some women would check their looks in a mirror (including view from behind) before they decided to wear skimpy shorts as longer shorts might be more flattering, even on young women.
It pains me that I'm the one to have to be embarrassed for them!

11:01AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

It's interesting to read that sleeping well will aid cellulite. Does swimming help in any way? Thanks for sharing

8:49AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

12:33AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

I'll bet cellulite wasn't an issue until the bikini was invented.

3:58PM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Thanks for posting.

9:35AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014


4:14AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

Thanks for sharing!!

2:44AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

While cellulite is not as readily seen in men, it is there on the back of the legs, the buttocks, 'love handles', fatty pockets in the back, abdomen and breast area. I won't suggest that you go up to different men you don't know and do this ......... BUT........ if you have a close family member that wouldn't mind or an obliging husband, get him to lay out as if he's getting a message and press and squeeze behind the shins using the pressure of your fingers and work your way up the leg squeezing. You can then do the same with the fatty parts of the back, back of the arms and then if you want to try it on his front parts. Also, use a body oil or lotion so that your hands and fingers glide along the skin's surface. As you motion upwards you WILL see dimples, ridges and lumps come up through the skin as similarly seen in the picture for this article. Only the most particular people who ensure they live and eat as poison free as possible will NOT have these ridges. The physical makeup of a woman in that she is deliberately designed to carry more of a fat ratio than a man makes her cellulite easier to spot ......... BUT .............this DOESN'T mean that she would automatically have more cellulite than a man because cellulite is the buildup of poisons.

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