What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a condition in which the skin has a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It usually affects the buttocks and thighs but can also occur in other areas such as arms and stomach.
Cellulite occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin.
Cellulite can affect both men and women, but it is more common in females, due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue. Between 80% and 90% of women will probably experience cellulite. Compression garments and post surgery bras are commonly used to help treat the condition.
What Does Cellulite Look Like?
Cellulite is also known as orange-peel skin, due to its texture.
A cellulite severity scale, published in 2009, ranks the condition using three grades:
Grade 1, or 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, or moderate: There are between five and nine medium-depth depressions, a “cottage cheese” appearance, and the skin appears moderately draped.
Grade 3, or severe: There is a “mattress” appearance, with 10 or more deep depressions, and the skin is severely draped.
What causes cellulite?
The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it appears to result from an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin, and the layer of fat that is just below it.
In women, the fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically.
If the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, this gives the appearance of cellulite.
In men, the tissue has a criss-cross structure, which may explain why are less likely to have cellulite than women.
Some other factors appear to be linked to the chance of having cellulite.
- Hormonal factors and age
Hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development.
One theory is that as oestrogen in women decreases in the approach to menopause, blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin also decreases.
Lower circulation means less oxygen in the area, resulting in lower collagen production. Fat cells also enlarge as oestrogen levels fall.
These factors combine to makes the fat deposits more visible. As the fat under the skin protrudes through weakening connective tissue, the familiar dimpling effect results.
Age also causes the skin to becomes less elastic, thinner, and more likely to sag. This increases the chance of cellulite developing.
Even skinny people can have cellulite.
- Genetic factors
Certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genetic factors can be linked to a person’s speed of metabolism, distribution of fat under the skin, ethnicity, and circulatory levels. These can affect the chance of cellulite developing.
- Dietary and lifestyle factors
Cellulite is not caused by “toxins,” although a healthy lifestyle may help reduce the risk.
People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, and salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
It may also be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
Cellulite is more prevalent in people who have excess fat, but slim and fit people can have it too. It is more likely to happen after the age of 25 years, but it can affect younger people as well, including teenagers.
Facts about cellulite:
- Smoking can affect the appearance of cellulite
Cigarette smoke has been shown to reduce blood vessel flow and to weaken and disrupt the formation of collagen, allowing for the connective tissue to become stretched and damaged more easily and for underlying fat to show through.
- Cellulite gets worse with age
Hormones also seem to play a role in the appearance of cellulite: As women age, their bodies produce less oestrogen. Less oestrogen can mean poorer circulation, which can also mean a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.
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How often and how long should I wear them to see a result?
We recommend wearing CRYSTALSMOOTH® daily. For optimal results wear for 60 days/6 hours daily. This often includes sleeping in them. Most users will start to notice a result after 30 days. The slightest amount of physical activity increases the products’ effectiveness. The heat activated benefits are considerably accelerated when worn during exercise; worn for 60 minutes whilst working out is equivalent to 360 minutes (6 hours) of wearing whilst going about everyday tasks.
The more you wear them the better the results. This means you can wear them day and night.
CRYSTALSMOOTH® have been scientifically proven to treat cellulite and do not need to be worn in conjunction with professional cellulite and firming treatments to see results. As cellulite comes in various grades, some cases may benefit from combining CRYSTALSMOOTH® with professional treatments as they will significantly enhance the results.
CRYSTALSMOOTH® have been worn for 60 consecutive days for 6h/daily.
Contraindications for use:
Not to be worn by pregnant women. No clinical studies have been undertaken in this particular area so we would strongly advise not to wear CRYSTALSMOOTH® when pregnant.