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Understand What Cellulite Really Is

An important part of cellulite prevention is to understand what it is and what you’re dealing with. Cellulite is described as collections of fat that are pushing against the connective tissues under a person’s skin. While fat is one of the main causes for cellulite, there are several other factors that should be considered:

Hormones, primarily estrogen
Diet and lifestyle
Skin thickness
Poor functioning lymphatic system

These alternative factors explain why cellulite is prevalent in many women, even the ones who appear to be at a healthy weight. By gaining a better understanding of cellulite, you can begin making changes in your diet or lifestyle to help prevent this skin condition.

Drink More Water

While further study is needed to support the benefits of drinking more water to reduce cellulite, some nutritionists and skin care specialists suggest that increasing your water intake can help prevent cellulite. This theory is based on the assumption that cellulite is a combination of toxins, water and fat. While this is an unsupported prevention method, healthy water intake is important for maintaining a healthier lifestyle and better diet, which are important factors for cellulite prevention.

Quit Smoking

Aging is amongst the various causes of cellulite, and smoking is one of the main reasons why people have that aged, weathered look in their skin. Those guilty of this unhealthy habit should find ways to quit smoking immediately to help prevent cellulite. Smoking has also been associated with capillary constriction, thinner skin and damage to connective tissues, causing the lumpy skin effect of cellulite

Better Blood Circulation

Poor blood circulation can heighten the risk of cellulite through the weakening of tissues, leading to the improper storage of fat under the skin. Since the body is unable to absorb the fat properly, it is pushed up closer to the surface of the skin, creating the appearance of cellulite. Cutting off proper blood circulation can also cause the accumulation of harmful toxins that break down connective tissues in the body, leading to cellulite. This helps explain the accumulation of cellulite around the thighs and buttocks due to sitting down for a prolonged period of time. Here are several ways you can improve your blood circulation:

Stretch, move about, or take a brisk walk
Eat foods that improve the cardiovascular system and promote blood circulation like salmon or avocados
Exfoliate the skin