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Let’s Talk Cellulite

August 19, 2019

Cellulite: a lot of us have it, and most of us are always trying to eradicate the dimples that appear on our bodies. Nearly 90% of women will experience cellulite in their lifetime, however there is a lot of misinformation about it.

A lot of people seem to think that cellulite is excess fat, however it is just normal fat beneath your skin. It looks lumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker. This is why cellulite can appear on thin or heavier individuals.



Causes of Cellulite

The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it seems to appear as a result from an interaction between connective tissue in the dermis layer that lies below the surface of the skin, and the fat that is below it. In women, the fat cells and connective tissue are arranged vertically. If these fat cells come through into the layer of skin then this will give off the appearance of cellulite.




Grades of Cellulite

In 2009, a cellulite scale was created to rank the condition using three grades:


Grade 1 (mild) – There is an “orange peel” appearance, with between 1 and 4 superficial depressions, and a slightly “draped” or sagging appearance to the skin.


Grade 2 (moderate) – There are between 5 and 9 medium-depth depressions, a “cottage cheese” appearance, and the skin appears moderately draped.


Grade 3 (severe) – There is a “mattress” appearance, with 10 or more deep depressions, and the skin is severely draped.



Every day mainstream media makes women think that cellulite is ugly, unhealthy and not at all sexy. When there are untouched photos of celebrities in tabloids, the comments and images are generally tasteless and invasive. Despite our ability to look and see the reality among even the most beautiful and successful women, way too many of us have been made to feel body shame and anxiety surrounding our bodies. We feel the need to buy into these scam “solutions” in order to feel and look acceptable.




Here is what you can do to embrace yourself:

   1. Be an example of your own reality

Own your body no matter what. Whether you have cellulite, stretchmarks, fat, wrinkles or none of the above!


   2. Go about your day with confidence

Don’t avoid wearing certain outfits or doing certain activities because you fear being looked at or judged. Everyone is different and we should be confident with what we have. Don’t hesitate to reach for that pair of shorts or your bikini bottoms over the summer. ‘Perfect’ is an Instagram filter and Photoshop that you don’t need!


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