A few months ago we watched a documentary about an international superstar. A woman in Brazil famous for her voluptuous bottom dubbed, “The Watermelon Woman.” The most interesting part of the documentary I found was seeing all the maintenance that goes into her smooth, cellulite-free, extra-large thighs, hips and bottocks. It was enthralling to watch her go through her treatments, workouts and preparations.
I began to think, wow, if only I had enough resources to hire a personal trainer, nutritionist, personal chef, and get weekly cellulite treatments, I could be cellulite free forever! I thought about all the other women watching this program frantically googling the device she was getting treated with for her cellulite on her legs and realized: this is probably not a mystical beauty secret. Cellulite is a big issue that bothers many women (and men!) the world over.
At Peach, we get a lot of clients who ask us about cellulite. What treatments do we have? What treatments do we recommend? Everyone wants a solution and most offering “miracle cures” are not giving any kind of honest, straight forward solution to cellulite. As we always recommend to our clients, start by educating yourself.
We started our research on a fact finding mission to answer these question: what is cellulite? how does it happen? and why does it happen to only some people? Yesterday we posted to our Facebook 3 key facts that we found most important to these questions:
Almost all women (85%) have cellulite.
Asian women are least likely to have cellulite because of their diets.
Estrogen is the main player in how cellulite grows around our hips, legs and buttocks.
So what exactly is cellulite? The appearance of lumpy or bumpy skin on the surface, is due to a change in the skin’s structure underneath, mainly the fat. Cellulite is an overgrowth of fat, that happens as our collagen fibers break down or weaken under the skin. Without a sturdy structure to keep the skin layers tight and our fat in its place (stay down there!), an overgrowth of fat can break through the connective tissues and protrude from under the skin, reaching closer to the surface. This gives the appearance of the ‘cottage-cheese’ like surface of the skin. Collagen remember, cannot be regenerated by our bodies and can weaken or be damaged with age.
Why does this fat overgrow? We read that the fat cells receive their instruction signals from our sex hormones. The same way that our hormones act on our hair growth and oil glands, our hormones also affect the interaction of the adipose tissue (fat) and connective tissues (collagen). The fat on a woman is more available on the hips, thighs and buttocks to prepare for lactation and pregnancy. This is why these are the most common sites for cellulite to form brought on by the sex hormone estrogen. Some men can also get cellulite because everyone carries estrogen in their bodies.
Ready for the magic bullet? Consumers have been pitched many solutions to cellulite: creams, wraps, suction devices, massages, supplements, drugs and lipo to name a few. We wish there was an easy way to make it go away, but like many things relating to our health and wellness; it's a bit more complicated. We’ll take you down the list of what we think are the most mythical, click-bait solutions you may have seen online or heard from grandma in next week’s blog. Stay tuned!