Below your skin—regardless of weight, body fat percentage, and fitness level—you have fat cells that store energy. Women have more than men. Over time, they grow due to several factors, including hormones, diet, and lifestyle.

The fat cells are inside compartments made up by strong, fibrous cords that connect your skin to your muscles. These cords are called septae. When fat cells are small, earlier in life, they generally fit well inside these compartments.

However, as the cells grow, the compartments get crowded. The septae pull down on the skin as the expanding fat cells push upward. That’s what creates the uneven surface of cellulite.

Cellulite is not a medical problem; having it doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy or overweight. It can cause emotional distress over how it looks because of society’s unrealistic standard of beauty.

Cellulite is a condition that affects the appearance of the skin in areas with underlying fat deposits (most noticeably on the buttocks and thighs), giving the skin a dimpled, lumpy appearance.

The structure of your overlying skin and the underlying connective tissue determines whether a given area is smooth or has the rippled appearance of cellulite. Even so, you do have options for preventing and treating it.

Factors that affect how much cellulite you have and how visible it includes:
  • Poor eating habits and dieting trends like fad diets
  • Metabolism rate
  • Inactivity
  • Changes in hormone levels
  • If you are dehydrated
  • Your total amount of body fat
  • Colouring of your skin. Cellulite is less noticeable on darker skin tones.

Tips for cellulite reduction: