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CELLULITE, THE OLD ENEMY!

It is a nightmare for many women because it is so hard to combat: what actually is this famous cellulite? We are obsessed by its consequences: orange peel skin, unsightly bumps, stretched skin in certain target areas… Do you really know what it is and how to detect it? Domyos tells you all about it.

CELLULITE, THE OLD ENEMY!

WHAT IS CELLULITE?

Cellulite or superficial lipodystrophy is a pile of fat under the skin. It is composed of large adipocytes (fat cells) situated under the skin of the thighs, buttocks, stomach and sometimes the arms, which soak up fat and become enlarged. Adipocytes are like small bags which, once inflated, compress the blood and lymph vessels. Result: they can no longer remove waste from the body and supply blood properly. The toxins and liquids are therefore stored under the skin, leading to this "padded" or uneven look commonly known as orange peel skin. The stretched skin can cause pain as well as embarrassment for those experiencing it.

WHERE DOES CELLULITE COME FROM?

It can affect all women, whether thin or fat. Cellulite is not only unsightly and very widespread, but difficult to combat. It is often caused by the following factors:

- Inheritance or genetics which influence the number of fat cells and their size
- Lifestyles that often involve very rich food and not enough variety
- Inactivity or a lack of physical exercise which encourages fat storage
- Hormonal events that help develop it, as well as stress

THE 3 FORMS OF CELLULITE

There are three different forms of cellulite: adipose cellulite, infiltrated cellulite, and fibrous cellulite. They behave differently, and can be easily recognised by how they look and feel. So the better you know them, the better you will be able to counter them.

ADIPOSE CELLULITE
This is the arch nemesis of many women and the most common type. It is generally caused by a surplus of fats and a lifestyle that needs changing, particularly due to a lack of activity. It is found under the skin of the thighs, buttocks (the famous jodhpur thighs) and the stomach. It isn't painful but has a flabby appearance.

INFILTRATED CELLULITE
It tends to be hereditary and builds up sedentary cells. Infiltrated cellulite forms as a result of high water retention. It comes from problems with blood and lymph circulation. Where does it collect? Generally in the legs and arms where it causes an orange peel effect. It is easily recognisable as it makes the legs feel heavy.

FIBROUS CELLULITE
This form is rarer, however it is more painful. Fibrous cellulite is without doubt the most formidable and difficult to thwart. It sets in deeper and often for a long time. It makes the skin appear purpley blue. It is hard and easy to feel if pressed with your hand. It is caused by a lack of flexibility in the collagen fibres which surround the adipocytes.

GOOD TO KNOW

There is no miracle solution for fighting cellulite. However, there are several daily habits that are worth getting into. Reducing the orange peel appearance of your skin requires long-term, gentle solutions. The secrets of smooth and toned skin are:

- Regular physical activity
- A balanced diet
- Massages