FEMALES have a unique layer of fatty tissue under the skin which consists of little chambers separated by vertical walls of tissue.
Water retention, excess weight or a sedentary lifestyle can weaken the top of these “fat-cells” so that they buckle and fold.
These smaller compartments then break up and cluster under the skin which in turn changes the appearance of the skin.
The skin on the hips, thighs and buttocks then appears lumpy, containing dips, ripples and dimples. Some refer to it as a dimpled orange peel effect.
Cellulite is lumpy, unevenly distributed fatty tissue which is found mainly in fatty areas between the waist and the knees.
It is believed that as many as 90 per cent of women are affected to some degree by cellulite. It even forms in the young during puberty but due to the skin on young women being suppler it is not noticeable.
Not only overweight women but even slim women can have deposits of cellulite on their buttocks, hip and thighs. The main cause of cellulite is poor blood and lymphatic circulation which prevents the elimination of toxic wastes from the body and gets lodged in fat cells, combined with poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.
To help deal with the cellulite diet and exercise are key factors and drinking plenty of water helps cleanse the system by flushing out toxins from the body.
Reducing the amount of fat consumption in the daily diet will help plus include fibre rich foods such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals.
Avoid foods that contain a lot of sodium as salt can cause the body to retain water and regular exercise will help keep the body in good shape.
Regular massage is an excellent way to break down the fat cells, speed up circulation and eliminate the waste from the body.
Mary Ferry is the proprietor of the Genesis Skin Care & Laser Clinic in Upper Dore, Bunbeg. Tel 07495 32575, www.genesissalon.ie. If you have a query you would like answered in Mary’s column confidentially, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org