When Cellulite Becomes A Social Problem

October 8

Almost every woman I know has cellulite on her body. You know, those fat deposits that appear on the thighs, hips and butt? Although it can be hard to look at when it shows up on your body, you don’t have to worry—it’s not anything serious.

The fact is that cellulite is very common and shows up on young women after puberty. It appears as lumpy or dimpled skin that resembles an orange peel or cottage cheese. For some women, it only appears when the skin is pinched, but for others it can be easily detected not only in the common areas but also on the stomach and breasts.

Most doctors are not concerned and consider it a normal occurrence, but for the woman who is plagued by cellulite it can become an area of self-consciousness. So much so, that a girl might not want to wear a swimsuit or shorts because she is ashamed of the way the cellulite looks. When this self-consciousness stands in the way of everyday life or keeps her from attending social events, then cellulite becomes a real problem that needs to be dealt with.

Unfortunately, there is no quick cure for cellulite. Although more prevalent on women who are overweight, it can appear on skinny women too. However, eating healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly and getting an adequate amount of sleep, will help to alleviate the symptoms of cellulite.

There are many products on the market that claim to reduce the appearance of cellulite. These work minimally and will help the appearance somewhat. However, no topical cream has been determined to actually remove cellulite.

The same is true of exercises that concentrate on bouncing the fatty deposits from the skin. Exercises do not work that way. The best method is to get regular exercise that works all areas of your body. One day work on the upper body, the next day, engage in an aerobic activity such as walking or swimming. The third day do exercises that concentrate on the lower body, the following day choose an aerobic activity such as tennis or golf. The fourth day do exercises that work both the upper and lower body, the fifth day, choose jogging, walking or racquet ball. All you need to stay fit is 30 minutes of exercise each day. If you can exercise for a longer period of time, then by all means, go for it.

You might find that getting massages helps to minimize the appearance of cellulite, too. Other women find that a tan gives their body a better look and helps to hide the dimples in their skin.

Remember that you are beautiful with or without cellulite. Don’t let it impede your social life or keep you from doing something that you enjoy. Stay active, eat healthy, stay hydrated and participate in a little rest and relaxation, these are all good ways to stay your healthiest and that’s what is mostly important.

~ Karen Ficarelli

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  1. I know that cellulite is not a serious medical problem but it can be seriously depressing! I agree that having a tan helps minimize the appearance of cellulite. Just remember to go easy on the sun exposure. You don’t want to add skin cancer on top of cellulite!

  2. Deb on 10/08/2010 at 12:00 pm
  3. Cellulite is unpleasant and unsightly no matter where it is. I have found, however, a new store in LA on Robertson Blvd. called BRAVADA that sells women’s fitness wear that contours the legs, thighs and butt. The pants and capris there make cellulite unnoticeable, and the styles and colors are fun too! I definitely recommend checking BRAVADA out for your gym/yoga clothes, especially if cellulite is an issue.

  4. Elle on 10/08/2010 at 3:56 pm

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