FAQ - What causes cellulite? | Pevonia
With increasingly busy lifestyles, it is understandable that we often neglect the basic but important things in life, such as maintaining a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and regularly exercising.
Cellulite is made visible as dimples by the protrusion of subcutaneous fat into the dermis which then creates an undulating contour. Cellulite is surrounded by a liquid that both nourishes and provides an effective waste system.
When all is working well internally in the body, waste products are eliminated quickly; however, when things are not working quite so well, toxin and waste build-up can occur causing the system to work much slower and sluggishly. It is this build-up of waste and toxins that can cause the dimpling or ‘orange peel’ effect.Although cellulite can affect both men and women of any size, weight or body structure, it is more prone in women.
This is due to the fact that women have increased levels of oestrogen, as well as female skin needing to be able to stretch during pregnancy, meaning the structure of the fibres within the skin are not as tight as men’s. The distinctive puffy appearance or uneven texture of skin when cellulite is present can vary in severity from person to person. There are many factors that can affect cellulite:
- Poor diet – Foods that have a high fat or calorie content should be avoided or eaten in moderation; the extra calories are generally stored as fat under the skin and this will certainly make the appearance of cellulite look much worse.
- High salt and sugar content foods should also be limited as our bodies cannot break down these products and are then stored under the skin. This excess fat build up then causes the fat cells to swell causing the orange peel effect to appear on the surface of the skin.
- Water intake – Not having enough water will only increase toxin build-up. If you don’t drink enough your body will store and hold excess water, leading to water retention, which alone can make the appearance of cellulite look worse.
- Low levels of activity – Not getting enough exercise will make the circulatory system sluggish, affecting digestion, mood and energy levels.
- Hormone levels – Cellulite is more common in woman than in men, and one of the reasons for this is because, as previously mentioned, women have increased levels of oestrogen.