Does this word make you cringe? Do you complex because of this famous "orange peel skin"? Know that you are not alone: nine women out of ten are affected by this phenomenon against only one man out of fifty. So yes, whether you are rather thin, round, tall, small, this cellulite spares no one! Let's talk about it together and without taboo!
Cellulite, what is it?
Otherwise known as "orange peel skin" or "cellulite", cellulite is a lipodystrophie. That is to say a disorganization of the superficial fat mass resulting from an increase in the volume of the fat cells called the adipocytes. These are located at thehypoderme. As a reminder, adipocytes allow the storage of fat in the body.
By repercussion, if the number of adipocytes increases, the hypodermis compartment will swell and cause swelling of the dermis and epidermis giving this bumpy impression. Thus, the "normal" circulation of liquids, in particular the lymph whose role is the transport of toxins to the purifying organs, is blocked and leads to an accumulation of these toxins causing inflammation.
There are three different types of cellulite with varying origins.
It is often soft, painless and localized to a specific part of the body. It is associated with an increase in the number of adipocytes. Its main cause is the lack of sports activity and poor diet.
It is an encrusted cellulitis, present for a long time and which is, therefore, painful and difficult to dislodge.
It is mainly found in people who are sedentary and/or have an unbalanced and deficient diet.
Aqueous cellulitis (or infiltration)
It is a flexible and diffuse cellulitis, not very visible. This cellulite is linked to poor venous return and lymphatic insufficiency. This prevents the lymph from carrying excess fluid into the tissues and cleaning up the waste. Saturation with water and toxins deforms the skin causing "cellulite".
Its causes are therefore circulatory problems but also an overly sedentary lifestyle.
How to fight cellulite?
Cellulite is considered normal and will have no health consequences. However, it can be the source of complexes for many women.
The first advice that we will never repeat enough is to eat a balanced diet ! A diet high in fibre/antioxidants and lower in fat and carbohydrates is the best way to permanently get rid of cellulite.
In combination, regular physical activity such as endurance sports (walking, running, cycling, etc.) is recommended since it will encourage you to tap into your fat reserves. In addition, the practice of a water sport such as aquabiking or swimming is also recommended since it will boost circulation.
Finally, the lymphatic drainage also called rolling palpate, will revitalize the blood circulation thus fighting against this phenomenon.