Cellulite is a skin condition that is present in most women to a lesser or larger extent. It is that orange peel like effect that appears due to the herniation of subcutaneous fat from the connective tissue under the skin. Basically it is the skin structure that gives rise to the appearance of cellulite.
However with cellulite being accused as being the scourge of bikini wearers everywhere, there are millions of women who would give anything to get rid of their unseemly cellulite. So it is that a plethora of products claiming to get rid of cellulite: lotions, creams, gels are advertised. How effective are theseanti-cellulite creams, gels and lotions? Do they really do what they claim?
According to a New York Times article, cellulite creams may offer some temporary solutions.
According to Dr. Michael F. McGuire, a clinical associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles all that these anti-cellulite products do is irritate the skin and cause it to swell up.
This helps to camouflage the dimpled effect caused by the cellulite so that it is less evident for the time being.
The fact is that there is really no cure for cellulite, agree many experts and any products that claim to offer a solution are at best temporary and like a band aid in nature.
Unfortunately there is no surgical solution for cellulite either, since liposuction is not advisable and may actually worsen the situation. According to a senior beauty analyst, liposuction is contraindicated for cellulite because if it is used the dimpled effect may actually worsen.
This is because cellulite is not just a problem of fat under the skin; it is also a problem of thin skin, through with the unevenness show up. It is also a problem caused by the inflexibility of the connective tissue beneath the skin.
What about exercise and a healthy diet for weight loss?
The appearance of cellulite could, to some extent be diminished by healthy weight loss that includes nutritious eating and regular exercise. However there is evidence to indicate that severe dieting could actually worsen the situation so excessive dieting is also contraindicated.
When it comes to cellulite, you can try and be in the best shape you can, but in the end genetics, hormones and other predisposing factors will decide whether you have to live with the orange peel or cottage cheese effect all your life.