Cellulite


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Ever see those commercials on TV that advertise lotions, massages, and new products to get rid of cellulite? Ever tried them? Did they work? Sometimes I wonder if all the new products for getting rid of cellulite are just load of BS or they actually work. I always hear girls talking about how much cellulite they have and how they hate it so much. I don't think I have ever heard a guy talk about cellulite, but I am sure that some do care about it. It kind of seems that we never see a guy's cellulite; is that because they cover more skin or because they simply are less prone to getting cellulite?

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Mayo Clinic describes cellulite as "the appearance of dimpled skin on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen of most women and some men, too." Cellulite is most common in areas where there is a lot of fat under the skin such as the thighs, butt, stomach, arms, etc.

According to Scientific American, cellulite affects 90% of woman and 10% of men! Men naturally have less fat in their bodies than woman do, so you are less likely to see it on a man. Cellulite occurs when fat under the skin is uneven. It also becomes more apparent in woman ages 25-35 because they are slowly approaching menopause due to the fact that they are losing estrogen. When estrogen begins to decrease, there is less circulation in fatty areas so the fat begins to build up. Also at this time, fat cells become larger, so they create more cellulite.

I wonder if the amount of cellulite on people has increased over the years. One would think that because obesity is at such a high in our country now, people are more likely to have cellulite. Another reason could be that the foods we eat nowadays have more unhealthy ingredients.

Another interesting reason I found out that woman have more cellulite than men is due to two kinds of adrenergic receptors: alpha and beta receptors. When stimulated, alpha receptors cause fat to produce. Beta receptors on the other hand break down fat. "In women, for every one beta receptor in the thigh, there are nine alpha receptors." WOAH!

Scientific American said woman get cellulite around 25-35...but that is not true at all! Teenagers have cellulite, so I am wondering what has changed so much since back in the day, besides our diets. After doing some research on Women to Women I found out about a new theory named "estrogen dominance." It is when your body (usually overweight woman) produces too many hormones; however, it can be caused by different health issues. It is possible to get estrogen dominance at any age, depending on your life style. This estrogen can cause cellulite because to build up because the fat cells become larger.

Your hormones play a huge role in how your body develops over the years. Hormones are produced constantly so they are always having an effect on your body. That is why it is important to eat healthy and exercise regularly.

Now back to the products that I originally questioned. This year, apparently an Italian clothing company developed a jean that is anti-cellulite producing when you wear it! The friction between the jeans and your skin supposedly releases an anti-cellulite cream. Can you believe for $139 you can buy that!? I don't think I could ever trust a product claiming to do so. If it were tested and proven, there would be a breakthrough in health and beauty around the world.

Medicine Net taught me that my suspicions were true. Although there are no permanent treatments for cellulite, there are products that will temporarily improve the look of cellulite. Eating right and exercising are pretty obvious things you can do to help your cellulite; the less fat retained in your body, the less cellulite you will have! Unfortunately, a lot of the appearance of cellulite is genetic, but that does not mean you can try to improve it!

Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery said that she normally does not recommend creams for cellulite. But if you are to buy a cream, buy ones that contain caffeine or theophylline. Although some studies disagree, other studies claim that these ingredients help to dissolve the fat cells.

Another popular treatment is Endermologie- a massage that suctions the skin and kneads it with a set of rollers. These massages help break up the fibrosis bands and help circulation. However, they are also not permanent and quite expensive.

There are thousands of treatments out there to help people get rid of their physical insecurities. Because people pay so much money to beautify themselves to what the "norm" of beautiful is, the standards are constantly being raised. If nobody cared about altering themselves to appear to what society deems as beautiful, then the world would be a lot simpler place. People are too focused on changing how they were born to conform to the rest of society.

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2 Comments

Paulina,
I think this blog brought up a ton of really great treatment options for cellulite. By treatment, I don't mean cures, but ways that you can temporarily fade the appearance. I've always been an avid magazine reader, and i've read lots of articles that recommend using a body lotion that includes caffeine in it, to temporarily minimize the appearance of cellulite. However, in the lotion aisle at CVS, I've always come across this Nivea Q10plus Goodbye Cellulite Cream. It claims to have all of these scientifically proven effects and encourages the customer to buy its entire set (lotion, and serum). Until now, I've always been curious if this really works or not. Now, thanks to your blog, I know that it doesn't. I'd still be interested in hearing what you think about cellulite's contribution to the beauty industry. Perhaps its responsible for a larger number of lotion sales than we thought.

Thank you for busting the myth that these kinds of creams work. A quick google search lead me to kidshealth.org and the first thing that jumps out at you is this statement in bold " It doesn't matter what causes cellulite, there aren't any miracle products, treatments or medicines that can make it go away" It seems like now-a- days there are creams for everything: anti-wrinkle, anti-cellulite, anti-under eye circles, you name it! And people spend exorbitant amounts of money on these creams. I have for the most part been pretty skeptical about them but I have to admit that I have considered buying one or two but have always decided against it. What people should ask themselves is, "Are these products backed up by science? Or just colorful ads in magazines and on T.V.?" I think the media has a huge role in the raising sales of these miracle creams. All the magazines feature photographs of celebrities and models that are retouched to the max and they give the readers unrealistic standards of beauty thus making us go searching for something that doesn't exist: perfection. Here is a fantastic video called Dove Evolution that shows to what extent pictures are photoshopped to perfection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U... oh the miracle of technology

For the article on cellulite follow this link http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/beautiful/cellulite.html

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