What is cellulite?

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is generally dimpled skin that appears, most commonly, on the hips and thighs. As first it appears only when the skin is pressed (for example, when you cross your legs), but as it develops it is visible all the time and creates dips and dimples on the skin’s surface.

Cellulite can feel strange to the touch. Some women say it is hard, cold, and quite painful when it’s pressed or massaged. Others report it is spongy and doughty.  Many women have patches of bought types of cellulites.
 There is scientific basis for this theory as the body as the body does push toxins that it can’t handle into fat stores. However, it is not the little toxins like caffeine or red meat that in processes in this way, it is big toxins such as heavy metals found in air pollutions or pesticides on food.


The skin problem

All around our bodies, we have an important layer of fat under the skin called the subcutis. This is what keeps us warm, cushions us when we sit down and protects our bones. Through this fat layer run fibres of collogen (called septa) that collect the fat into pockets. These septa are attached to the underside of the skin and the outer part of the muscle underneath, and they keep the fat in place.



The Rockefeller research team found that in men, these fibres run diagonally against the skin, pressing down on the fat, and keeping it smooth.

However, in women, the fibres run straight up and down, creating tall, thin rectangular boxes with nothing pushing them downwards.

 This means that if the fat cells within these ‘‘boxes’’ get bigger or more numerous (bought of which occur when you gain weight), nothing would stop the excess volume bulging out over the top of the ‘box’, creating a domed look.




Free radicals

Free radicals are compounds that are created in our bodies when we are exposed to toxins from smoking, alcohol, air pollution, pesticides and even some relatively harmless food ingredients such as fats and sugars.

The problem with the free radicals that they are missing an electron and to make themselves complete they must steal an electron from a cell somewhere what in the body.

As they do this, they start to attack and degrade those cells. When collogen and elastin degrade, this skin thins. This is reducing the covering over the subcutis, making any overfilled fat boxes a lot more noticeable.

Also, as the septa are made up of collogen, free radicals will attack them directly. This makes matters worse, when the body tries to repair the damage, the second potential trigger for cellulite comes into the play.




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