So, What Gives? What, exactly, are we dealing with? Bowe breaks it down like this: Cellulite is what happens when pockets of fat push up against the connective tissues underneath our skin. Think of what happens when you press your hand onto a tennis racket or squeeze into a pair of too-small fishnets. Not pretty. Why don't we see just as many men with cellulite? For the same reason we women tend to have wider hips and feel drunk faster: genetics. "Women have thinner skin tissue and subcutaneous (underneath the skin) fat distribution patterns that makes dimpling both more likely and more pronounced," Rowe says.
Thanks to genetics, it also means if Mom has it, there's a good chance you will too. Then there's the hormonal changes that come with birth control and pregnancy. This can lead to estrogen imbalances that weaken connective tissues and encourage even more dimpling. Factor in the loose skin and weight gain that often accompany aging and it seems almost impossible to escape cottage cheese thighs.
Sadly, there's no cure for cellulite, but you can camouflage it and possibly prevent more from forming. Here's how.
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