As we move into our adult lives, our bodies change in all sorted of different ways. There are changing on the inside with our hormones and there are changes on the outside.
There are many different factors that can lead to changes in our body and how it looks.
Weight gain, weight loss, hormones our lifestyle and diet can all contribute to how our bodies look and what is going on with them. One concern that a lot of women have with their bodies is cellulite. Having visible cellulite can cause women to lose self-esteem and confidence when it comes to her body. Because of this, many women think to themselves “does having cellulite make me less of a woman?”
What is cellulite?
The first thing many people think when they hear cellulite is that it is fat. This is not actually the case. Cellulite is the little bumps and dimples that you see on the skin. This is caused when the collagen fibres that bind fat to the skin stretch and tear. They come up when the fat deposits are separated and stretched between the pockets.
Why do you get cellulite?
There are a number of different factors that can contribute to getting cellulite. One of which is changing weight. It can happen both when you put on a large amount of weight but also when you lose a large amount as well. Because the skin stretches when you put on weight, it makes the pockets wider apart and the collagen fibres can get in there more. When you lose a large amount of weight there is still the possibility of getting cellulite because of the skin already being stretched from before you lost the weight.
Hormonal changes to the body can also contribute to cellulite forming.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do to prevent cellulite from starting. However, if you do have cellulite there are treatments you can do to help reduce the visibility of it.
Can I get rid of it?
There are various treatments available that can assist with the reduction of cellulite.
There are a number of over the counter creams available that state that they can help with getting rid of cellulite, however, it is important to read the ingredients first to make sure that there is some validity behind their claims.
Caffeine has been proven to help with the reduction of cellulite and there are creams available that have caffeine as an active ingredient. There are also scrubs that you can buy that have coffee beans in them to help.
There are also treatments available through specialised skin doctors that you can look into. Make sure that when you speak to the doctor you ask any questions you may have. Be comfortable with your choices and go into the treatment with as much information and understanding as possible.
It is also important to know that losing a lot of weight won’t answer your prayers. Because these deposits have already happened, the loss of weight will not make too much of a difference. It could however help prevent more developing.
Does cellulite make me less of a woman?
Quite the opposite actually. Women are more likely to develop cellulite than men!
Women’s skin collagen is organised in parallel lines, like pillars. This pattern is more likely to separate and compartmentalize than that of men. This means that there is a higher chance of fat deposits being created between the pillars and cellulite developing. Dimpling of the skin is more common because of this pattern, whereas for men their pattern is similar to an X, so it is harder for this to develop.
So the answer to the question many women ask? Cellulite does NOT make you less of a woman. It is a part of many women's lives and unfortunately something we will all suffer from at some point.
Rather than losing confidence over it, just know that you are not alone. We all struggle with what we see as imperfections. But it is not an imperfection at all. Is it a part of who you are at the present time.
Love your whole self and every little bit of you – even if some of it is a bit dimply.
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