Is Cellulite Preventable?


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Whether or not you develop cellulite has certain risk factors associated with it. This doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do about it. Many of these factors are under our influence hence much can be done to either to reduce the risk of development or, if you already suffer from cellulite, to prevent more from appearing. Making just a few small lifestyle changes now could perhaps save you a lot of money in the long run.

Unfortunately cellulite has a large genetic component so chances are if your mother suffered from cellulite then you will more than likely suffer the same fate. How we are genetically made up is completely out of our control and therefore is not a factor we are able to do anything about. If this is the case with you, then changing your lifestyle may not have as much of an effect as the change would for someone who does not have a family history of cellulite. It is still definitely worth considering the other risk factors because although you may still get cellulite, its severity could be reduced. Age is another important contributing factor. As we age, our skin becomes weakened and also loses elasticity therefore meaning any cellulite below the surface of the skin becomes more obvious in appearance. Again, no amount of healthy living will prevent this from occurring sadly.

Certain aspects of your lifestyle that may increase the likelihood of getting cellulite are considered to be contributing factors. Three main lifestyle problems that will enlarge your chances are having a high carbohydrate diet, inactivity and a high BMI.  All of the factors just mentioned will lead you to have a higher percentage of body fat and although that is not the only cause, having more fat means the fat cells are larger in the first place and circulation is poorer. As a result, by adopting a healthy and balanced diet you greatly reduce the risk of cellulite. Not only that but this better lifestyle will greatly benefit your general health by giving you more energy and reducing the risk of developing many other serious illnesses such as heart disease and cancers.

Throughout many popular celebrity magazines, it is common place to see celebrities shedding the pounds as well as pages and pages of the latest crash diets. Many crave that fantastic feeling which having that beach body for your summer holidays or being able to fit into that beautiful dress that is just one size too small achieves. However, the effects on your body when cellulite is concerned may make you think twice about trying the latest crash diet. Yo-yo dieting is another major risk factor for getting cellulite. The increased weight gain followed by dramatic weight loss affects the skin greatly by reducing skin elasticity therefore making the appearance of cellulite more prominent. If you already suffer from cellulite, and in fact even if you don’t, crash dieting is definitely bad news and a far more effective solution in the long term is to eat a healthy balanced diet, which you will be happy to know can include the odd chocolate bar in moderation.

Dehydration is another one of those things that is part of the “do not do” list when it comes to cellulite. Not drinking enough water oddly enough encourages water retention in the cells which has a highly negative effect on cellulite ridden areas as it becomes far more obvious the issue is present. If this is a contributing factor you are affected by, the solution is very cheap and simple. By drinking the medically recommended 2 litres of water a day and doing regular exercise the chances of you getting cellulite will be highly reduced. In addition to this, you will be a much healthier person for making these relatively painless lifestyle changes. 

Being exposed to UV either by sunbathing or on a tanning bed will eventually worsen the appearance of cellulite. Although tanning may initially work to mask the problem of cellulite, in the long run it will do more damage than good. Regular exposure to UV puts you at greater risk of medical problems such as skin cancer, not to mention the premature aging it will cause to the skin. Tanning is highly not recommended as a long term solution to cellulite and instead, other things such as treatments or lifestyle changes are far more effective.  This does not mean you can’t sunbathe just that it is advisable to wear a high factor sun protection so you keep your skin healthy and beautiful.  If you do still want a tan to cover the cellulite and avoid damaging your skin, a fake tan is the way to go.

Besides the change in the aesthetic appearance of the skin, cellulite is not a serious health condition and has no other physical symptoms. However, the negative appearance of the skin can be very upsetting for people that have to deal with it on a daily basis and may lead to damaged confidence.  If you are worried about the problem, a doctor may be able to refer you to a dermatologist for further discussion concerning your options. There are a wide variety of treatments out there, with anything from dietary based treatments to more invasive medical treatments like cosmetic surgery. 


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