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The truth about cellulite (and treating it)

Can cellulite be treated or is it something we have to live with? We break it down for you.

Back in the days of old, being large in size was a symbol of prosperity. Beauty standards have changed since then, and so has our relationship with cellulite. According to Healthline, 80% – 90% of women over the age of 21 develop it, even seemingly ‘unflawed’ celebs, such as Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, and Jameela Jamil. The fact that it is normal hasn’t, however, made most women any more accepting of their lumps and bumps. We know that many are trying everything in their power to smooth out their skin.

But what is cellulite, and can it even be treated? Here’s what you need to know.

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is formed when certain areas of fat are pulled downward by connective tissue bands, resulting in a bumpy, uneven surface. Due to our different make-ups, it tends to favor women over men and tends to develop after puberty. Genetics play a role here, with some people being more predisposed than others. It is worth noting that most women have it to varying degrees.

 

The best way to keep orange-peel skin at bay is to keep fit and stick to a healthy diet. But even this won’t guarantee prevention, but can rather help to lessen the overall effect. That being said, it’s important to note that cellulite is nothing to be ashamed of and, fortunately, the body-positivity movement is helping to normalize it so that we can all live free of judgement.

Can cellulite be treated?

Medical treatments – or ones that need to be performed by a dermatologist or healthcare professional – such as CoolSculpting, ultrasound andlaser therapy yield better results, but top-up procedures are required for said results to stick around.

Of course, the best way to prevent or treat cellulite is to lead a healthy lifestyle, filled with wholesome meals and regular exercise. That, and a healthy dose of self-acceptance when it comes to tolerating yet another one of life’s many inevitabilities!

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