What causes cellulite?
Although the precise cause of cellulite is unknown, it appears to be due to the way the connective tissue beneath the skin interacts with the fat. When fat cells get larger, the connective tissue does not change length, meaning that fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, giving that orange peel appearance. However, in men, this connective tissue is crisscrossed rather than vertical, hence why men suffer a lot less than women from cellulite.
Further, as we age and women approach menopause, reducing levels of oestrogen causes blood flow to decrease to the connective tissue. This results in less collagen production and fat cells swelling. In turn, these fat deposits become more visible creating further dimpling. As we age, skin becomes thinner which is a further cause of cellulite appearing.
Treatments for Cellulite
CoolSculpting in an FDA-approved treatment that can be used to reduce fat deposits in the body. Although it does not treat cellulite itself, it reduces the volume of fat by up to 25% killing the fat cells which are then eliminated from the body.
ZO Skin Health have two body products that specifically target the connective tissue and lengthens the bands, diminishing the appearance of cellulite. Combined with the use of Skinade, this can dramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite topically.