Debunking the Four Most Common Myths About Cellulite

While the arrival of summer means weekends in the sun, time off of school, and a vacation from work, it also means getting reacquainted with your body — insecurities and all. Even though more than 85 percent of women have cellulite — the dimpled-looking skin that occurs on thighs, butts, stomachs, legs, and arms — it is often portrayed as a major flaw by the beauty and fashion industry. It has caused many of us a little (or a lot of) embarrassment at one point in our lives. Although it is extremely common, there is a lot of false information on the internet surrounding causes, miracle cures, and shameful rhetoric. But before you feel compelled to spend a small fortune on over-the-counter products, detox kits, and cosmetic procedures, read these top four myths about cellulite. 

Photo courtesy of   Sarah Nicole Landry

Photo courtesy of Sarah Nicole Landry

MYTH #1: Cellulite is caused by toxins 

Cellulite is not caused by a buildup of toxins in your body so step away from the detox tea. It is the result of underlying fat deposits pushing through layers of collagen fibers or connective tissue that have been weakened by hormones, lack of exercise, excess fat, and poor circulation. Your diet plays a small factor in whether or not you will develop cellulite but cleaning up your diet won't make it disappear. Genetics is also a huge contributor to whether or not someone will develop cellulite. If your mom or grandma had it, you most likely will too. 

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MYTH #2: Only Lazy People Get Cellulite 

Cellulite doesn't discriminate. Sure, cellulite is more noticeable when we gain a few pounds but women of all shapes and sizes can develop it regardless of their activity level and diet. Among the clients that Shira Ein-Dor, owner of the American Cellulite Reduction Center in New York City, treats are Victoria's Secret models. "They're very lean, they work out and eat well, they do everything right but they still have cellulite," she says. 

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MYTH #3: Skin-Firming Creams Cure Cellulite

No matter how much a product promises to rid you of your cellulite, there is no be-all end-all cure. In fact, there is very little scientific evidence that suggests creams and scrubs packed full of stimulating ingredients like caffeine, ginger, and green tea will smooth away your cellulite. Instead of wasting your money on cosmetic products, you should focus on strength training and yoga to tighten and tone your muscles. 

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MYTH #4: Liposuction Can Cure Cellulite

Liposuction is not the solution to cellulite - which naturally occurs in almost 90% of women. Not only is it a drastic procedure but it could actually increase the appearance of your cellulite by disrupting fat distribution. If you are looking for a natural solution, the Löschn Method is a non-invasive treatment that reduces the appearance of cellulite through tool-assisted massage. Not only does Löschn boost your lymphatic system but it smoothes and strengthens your top layers of connective tissue and targets muscle and joint problems. Learn more by contacting your Löschn therapist in Calgary, Alberta! And remember, cellulite is just a normal part of your body that should be embraced!

Daryn Tessier