Women And Cellulite

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Women and cellulite have an 80 percent guarantee of crossing paths. Cellulite, the dimpled skin that resides on fatty areas such as the thighs, hips and abdomen, is the result of fat cells that attach vertically to the skin. The subcutaneous fat layer resides directly beneath the skin layer, or dermis. Fat cells are bundled in fibrous tissues, which are attached by strands of fiber to the dermis.

When fat cells expand considerably, as they tend to do in women, the fibers encasing the fat cells get stretched until they start to pull on the skin layer above. This is what causes the dimpled effect of cellulite: in each dimple, the skin is being pulled downward by the fat layer. Then you'll notice a bulge next to a dimple. This bulge is a combination of fat and normal body fluids, often lymph fluids and water.

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Some skin care associates say that these fluids can become trapped in the fat layer, causing the bulging. This combination of bulges and depressions is very noticeable to the eye, and to many, is unsightly. However, that's the worst of it. Cellulite is not a medical condition, nor is it curable at this time. It is simply a very common nuisance that millions of women, and some men, try to alleviate through the use of cosmetic creams and lotions.

These products claim to shrink the fat cells in the cellulite layer and yield smoother, tighter skin. Results are mixed among actual users of these products. Some swear on their effectiveness; others find little or no change at all. Complicating things further is the fact that so many products are on the market these days that you may have to sift through many before you get to the ones that you like. However, to those who end up finding a product that produces happy results, it's well worth the effort.

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