Will Collagen Help with Cellulite Appearance?
Our customers often ask us about the role of collagen in the fight against cellulite. To answer these questions, let's figure out what cellulite really is.
Cellulite is a herniation of fat cells underneath the skin. When the fatty tissue builds up and pushes against the connective tissue, the skin loses its elasticity and becomes dimpled; hence the cellulite is often referred to as orange peel. Cellulite commonly develops on buttocks, thighs, and abdomen, and statistically, close to 90% of women will have it at some point throughout their lifespan. Since one of the most dominant roles in cellulite formation belongs to hormones, it's believed that the cellulite is way less common in men due to the lack of estrogen - the primary female sex hormone.
Many factors contribute to the risk of cellulite formation:
- Hormonal imbalance.
- Genetic predisposition.
- Thyroid or Pancreas disorders.
- Lymphatic disorders.
- Loss of collagen.
- Poor or unhealthy diet (too much sugar can break your skin's collagen bonds).
- A rapid change in weight (gain or loss).
- Poor blood circulation.
- Lifestyle - passive lifestyle, stress and harmful habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol may all increase the risk of developing cellulite.
Generally, there are four grades of cellulite:
- There is no visible cellulite, even if you pinch the skin.
- It's still invisible when you are standing or laying down, but you can see the orange peel when you pinch the skin.
- Cellulite becomes visible when you are standing, but disappears when you lay down.
- It's visible whether you are standing or laying down - the most psychologically painful grade for all women. Occasionally, the skin on affected areas may turn bluish and feel colder than the rest of the skin on your body. When it comes to grade four, we generally recommend getting examined by your dermatologist and endocrinologist.
How do you fight cellulite, is there a most effective way?
Unfortunately, there is no easy or quick remedy against cellulite, but there are definitely things you can do to minimize its appearance. And even if you have a genetic predisposition to cellulite, it doesn't mean that it has to take a visible form. On the bottom line, all cellulite treatments can be divided into groups that take care of the following - reduce fat, improve blood circulation, and support collagen levels. Therefore, the most effective way to fight cellulite would be taking a set of measures that would address all of the above at the same time:
- Manage your weight to reduce body fat. Start with a healthy diet - avoid fast foods, processed foods, and remember that sugar and alcohol are cellulite's most important allies. Don't go for quick results. Improper weight management may result in reducing muscle mass instead of body fat, and rapid changes in weight may help develop cellulite as opposed to reducing it.
- Improve blood circulation. Get involved in your favorite kind of physical activity - you can walk, run, swim or play tennis - everything counts as long as you are consistent. You can also try massage and dry-brushing, it will help with the circulation as well.
- Support your collagen levels. Collagen is the most important protein in your skin, and its levels may directly affect your skin's elasticity. Unfortunately, natural collagen production decreases as we get older, and the skin becomes more vulnerable to damages, cellulite in particular. The good news is that collagen can be supplemented. We recommend KEYTO Collagen because it's hydrolyzed (hence maximum absorption), and it's made from pasture-raised and grass-fed cattle.
Additionally, drink water and always keep your body hydrated. Cellulite fat cells retain water, and dehydration can make your skin look more dimpled.
If you are stressed out about cellulite, don't be, you can fight it. In the modern world, there are many medical and cosmetic procedures unmentioned in this article due to their price tag, and most importantly, because they don't offer a permanent solution. Instead, we focused on natural remedies that provide longer-lasting results and won't cost you much. We highlighted how poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle could affect the appearance of cellulite, and we believe that all this can be reversed by adopting healthier habits and eating the right food.
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