Cellulite is the result of fat cells underneath the skin pushing upwards on its surface layer. As these fat cells accumulate and push skin upwards, the connective fibres that attach skin to the underlying muscles pull down, causing skin to buckle and dimple.
The fat cells and connective tissue in the dermatological layer of women sit vertically, whereas in men they sit in a criss cross structure, which is perhaps one of the reasons why women are more likely to show signs of cellulite than men.
What actually causes this to happen and cellulite to appear is not wholly known, but is speculated to include:
Hormones are thought to be one of the largest contributors to the causes of cellulite, particularly in women. As women age their natural level of estrogen begins to fall and with the onset of menopause, blood flow to the connective tissue can also decrease. Less blood flow means less oxygen is being delivered to cells to produce collagen, slowing regeneration and repair. As the connective cells are weakened, fat becomes more visible through them.
Genetics contribute to things such as a person's metabolism, fat distribution and blood circulation - all of which can contribute to the formation of cellulite. This makes some people more genetically predisposed to having cellulite than others.
- Leading an Unhealthy Lifestyle
Poor nutrition and a lack of physical exercise can increase the likelihood of cellulite appearing. This is because an unhealthy lifestyle means you are more likely to accumulate fat cells which will push on skin, causing it to dimple. Not only this but being sedentary for long periods of time will affect your circulation, and a lack of blood flow will restrict your bodies regeneration and repair. Overeating certain foods such as those that are processed, high in sugar or salt can also increase your chances of cellulite forming.
- Poor Blood Circulation
Having a healthy circulation means we are delivering the energy and nutrients our cells need to regenerate and repair. Without good circulation our skin can become weaker, meaning it is more likely to let cellulite appear.