When did those dimples on our thighs get so controversial? If you’ve looked in the mirror and spotted some cellulite, you might have wondered how to get rid of it. After all, from a young age, most of us have been bombarded with the message that cellulite is a flaw, when in reality, it’s a perfectly normal feature to expect on a human body. In fact, 90% of all women have cellulite, as well as 10% of men.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the appearance of fatty tissue pushing through the fibrous bands that connect our muscles to our skin. This dimpling effect appears more often on female bodies due to how we biologically store our fat.
Male Fat Cells: Contained by fibrous bands arranged in a zigzag-like structure, which can make skin appear smooth even after fat cells enlarge.
Female Fat Cells: Fibrous bands contain fatty tissue into columns, causing enlarged fat cells to sometimes peek out from underneath the skin.
So, let’s get one thing straight, cellulite isn’t a sign of any underlying health issues, it’s simply a physiological feature that we’re born with. Depending on your genetics, you might have thicker skin or store your body fat in a way that makes the appearance of cellulite less obvious. It might not even be noticeable until later on in life, due to our skin getting thinner as we age. Don’t let any of this dishearten you, because although photoshop might have fooled us in the past, even the fittest and most idealised bodies have cellulite (Yup, that includes supermodels and professional athletes)!
How do I treat it?
While there’s no surefire way to completely get rid of cellulite, you can lessen the appearance of it by reducing body fat and gaining muscle at a steady pace. There are many topical creams that claim to be able to reduce these dimples, but none can actually penetrate the skin layers deep enough to treat the underlying cause of cellulite.
Popular trends like coffee bean scrubs and dry brushing can temporarily plump up the skin to reduce the appearance of cellulite, but these effects don’t last longer than a few hours. Even those who opt for laser treatments or cosmetic surgery will find that their fibrous bands will rebuild over time, making it quite a costly commitment.
Love the skin you’re in!
Hold your body under a microscope and you’re bound to find a lot of things you could live without, but people don’t look at you through a microscope. You’re a living, breathing person with a multitude of features to be charmed by, and there’s no amount of lumps and bumps that can change that. Skincare shouldn’t be about attaining perfection, it’s a form of self care that helps us nourish and enhance what we have naturally.
In the spirit of vulnerability and self-love, #TeamRootRemedies has come together to show our own unique imperfections, and trust us, we wouldn’t change them for the world.
Remember, body positivity is not just a trend, it’s a lifelong commitment to loving yourself. Which is why we at RR want to hear your stories, see your pictures, and receive any suggestions on how we can help you understand all the little quirks that make you beautiful!