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Do you want to know a little secret…everyone has cellulite! Seriously, everyone does. Just because some might be able to hide it better or some may have lucked out in the genetic pool, it’s still there. Sure, there are cellulite treatments you can do to improve the appearance of cellulite, but at the end of the day, some things are just out of your control even if you try all of the cellulite treatments. With that being said you too can be comfortable with your body no matter how much cellulite you have.
What Is Cellulite?
Let’s start with, what is cellulite…besides the bane of every woman’s existence once she realizes her backside isn’t as flawless as the magazine covers? As Mayo Clinic states, although little is known about what causes cellulite, it involves fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle, with the fat that lays between. As fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling aka cellulite.
Basically, it is just the way your body is, and sometimes regardless of your weight, size or even if you have had a cellulite treatment, it can still be there. Everyone has it, but cellulite does not present itself the same in everyone. Keep that in mind, the next time you look down at yourself because of your slightly bumpy backside. It is also more prevalent in women than in men because women’s fat is typically more distributed in the thighs, hips, and buttocks. Most women develop some cellulite after puberty and whether you like it or not, it is there for life and can get “worse” as you age due to less skin elasticity.
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Negativity Surrounding Cellulite
So, if cellulite is so common, why all the negativity towards it? Why do women spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for perfectly smooth skin? Or try to every new fad in hopes that the dreaded cellulite will go away. Unfortunately, our current world is sometimes overly consumed with looks and the perceived value of someone based on the appearance of their skin. Does it matter how your skin looks, or how smooth or not your thighs might be, nope not at all! Having the perfect booty or dimple-less thighs will not make you a better mother, friend, wife, or human.
If no one had anything negative to say about cellulite or you were not constantly bombarded with ways to get rid of cellulite, would it even cross your mind? Probably not, negative body image is a combination of outside voices affecting your internal thoughts and voices. Everyone compares themselves to others and has bad thoughts about their body now and again. This is totally normal and you are not alone!
However, it can become a problem if it starts to affect your mental health. Some women get so consumed with these outside pressures to look a certain way that their mental health takes a hit. Women have experienced anxiety, depression, excessive dieting, and tried every cellulite treatment under the sun trying to look a certain way. You are also not alone if body image has affected your mental health and you can seek out help to make sure you are on the right path for your mental wellbeing.
Do Cellulite Treatments Actually Work?
Firming creams, plastic surgery, special undergarments, massaging techniques, exercise regimes, dry brushing, dieting, and cleanses…oh my! No wonder Spanx is a $400 million a year business, woman will do almost anything to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Please read that again, that is to reduce, not get rid of because at the end of the day no cellulite treatment can fully get rid of cellulite.
You can only improve and reduce the appearance of it regardless of what cellulite treatment you try. Cellulite will still there, but you can do certain things to make it smoother and less bumpy. If it makes you feel better to be healthier and try to reduce the appearance of your cellulite so you are more comfortable in your bathing suit, then go for it. WebMD has an article on different cellulite treatments and fixes and myths surrounding what actually works, which is a good place to start if you really want to try different cellulite treatments out.
However, if you obsess and spend an unhealthy amount of your free time and energy (not to mention money) on trying to “fix” something that is not broken, you may need to take a break and look internally. Your legs are meant to carry you, to be able to squat down and pick up your baby, to enjoy long walks on the beach or bike around your neighborhood, whatever you and your body enjoy doing. Cellulite will not get in the way of that and cellulite treatments won’t last forever so pick your battles. The next time you lace up your sneakers to go for a run remember that you are running for your health, not just for the appearance of your booty.
Learning To Accept Your Body
You probably want to be the best version of yourself and only want to put your best foot forward in everything you do. Which is admirable and cellulite treatments can help make you feel more comfortable in your own skin. At the end of the day, there is no photoshop for life, this is not a dress rehearsal, so if you are not living each day, week, month to the fullest you are missing out.
Sure you can try this cellulite treatment or that cellulite treatment but that will not change who you are and what you have to give to the world. Embrace everything you and your body is and has to offer. You don’t have to fully love every part of your body every single day, but you do have to be comfortable enough with your body to accept what you can and can’t control.
Friendly reminder, you as a person are way more than the skin, bones, muscle, and cellulite that you walk around in. At the end of the day, what do you want to be remembered for? Your perfectly smooth bottom or the person who had the best-roasted chicken in the neighborhood, or the mom who always knew the right thing to say, or the friend that would let you cry on their shoulder no matter what. That’s what matters, your legacy has nothing to do with your looks and everything to do with what you put into this world, so flaunt whatever you got and rock your body no matter what and try that cellulite treatment if it will really make you feel better about yourself.
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