Posted by: admin on: April 24, 2012
If you’ve ever flipped through a celebrity tabloid while in line at the supermarket, you’ve probably come across the term ‘cellulite’. Stars at the beach can face ridicule over the look of their thighs, and you’re guaranteed to find at least one ad in the back of the periodical that claims it will help you get rid of yours before bikini season rolls around. But what is cellulite and exactly how tough is it to erase from your body?
Cellulite is often simply defined as ‘cottage cheese thighs/butt’, which isn’t very informative (or flattering). It is not an object or a disease, but in reality a description. It refers to a change in the surface of the skin caused by subcutaneous fat that protrudes out from its surrounding connective tissue. The result is skin that is dimpled and padded, looking very uneven, and it shows up in the abdomen, upper legs, and pelvic region.
Hormones play a major role in cellulite formation; since it occurs in up to 90% of females, estrogen is thought to be a factor, but no clinical study has proven it. There is also a genetic factor that will contribute to someone being more or less likely to develop it. A high stress lifestyle causes an increase in certain neurotransmitters and hormones, like dopamine and adrenaline, which may also play a role.
Despite the fact that cellulite occurs in most adolescent and adult females and medical consensus is that it’s a normal condition, many people feel ashamed of it. While there are many different therapies available, there has been limited empirical evidence that any of them permanently erase cellulite. However, good diet and exercise can diminish the appearance of cellulite.
A couple of slimming body wraps might help too; they are a spa treatment that involves being wrapped in bandages soaked in mud and minerals which can help give your skin a tight, supple quality. If you’re looking to cut down on stress levels and boost your confidence, a serenity wrap is a great way to pamper yourself and take care of your skin.