5 facts about cellulite​ you should know

celluliteI'm not sure who's more stubborn: me or my cellulite. I've been trying to rid myself of the dimply skin on my thighs and nalgas since I was ten, but to no avail. I've tried everything from squatting like a loca at the gym to rubbing pricey "miracle" cellulite erasing serums on my lovely lady lumps. But much like the Kardashians, my thigh dimples just won't go away! I've even considered getting expensive cellulite removal treatments, but my landlady insists that I pay her rent every single month, so that, or course, is out of the question. So what is a girl to do about her cellulite? Dr. Oz has the answer--but  you won't like it!

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According to the good doctor, cellulite is incurable. At least as far as creams go. As Dr. Oz explained it on a recent episode of the Oprah Show, cellulite originates well beneath the skin's surface, where topical treatments such as creams and serums cannot reach. So in essence, it's like we've been rubbing tubes full of lies onto our thighs all of these years. Jeez! What else don't we know about cellulite?

Well, it turns out, plenty! Here are the top five things every woman should know about cellulite, but probably doesn't.

  1. Cellulite is the result of plumped up fat cells pushing up against (and through) the fibrous bands tasked with keeping things together under your skin. Only, because the bands are structured in a uselessly loose crisscross pattern, the oversized fat cells are able to get through, giving your skin that dimply, orange peel look.
  2. Cellulite is genetic. But don't go blaming mami just yet. Yes, her genes may have some effect on how you look in your jeans, but it's not all her doing. Women, in general, are genetically predisposed to developing cellulite, because cellulite is often triggered by the hormone estrogen.
  3. Nobody is immune to developing cellulite, not even flacas. Again, if a person has estrogen coursing through their body, they're likely to develop cellulite. Sure, there are the rare unicorns out there who have minimal to no cellulite, but for the most part all women, big, small, thick and thin, will develop cellulite in their lifetime. In other words, cellulite is an equal opportunity pain in the butt.
  4. Cellulite is kind of preventable, but once it's there, it's there for good. Lifelong athletes are less likely than the average chica to have cellulite, mainly because their active lifestyles and healthy diets have made it difficult for the fat cells located under their skin to plump up in the first place. However, if you already have cellulite, all hope isn't lost. You too can adopt a similarly active and healthy lifestyle to prevent your fat cells from getting any bigger.
  5. Cellulite is here, it's clear, get used to it. The only real antidote to cellulite is your ability to accept it. Confident women have physical flaws, but no one notices them. Why? Because their personalities distract from their perceived imperfections. Take a page out of their playbook and rock your confidence…along with your favorite pair of short shorts. Dang it, you deserve it!

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