Simply put, cellulite forms when fat cells start to push through connective tissue. This happens predominately in the hips and thigh area. It’s what causes that lumpy, or “orange peel” effect. Women are more prone to cellulite, and it can get worse as we age. Interestingly, even “skinny” people can have a problem with it. No matter the size of your fat cells, they can still show through weakened connective tissue. So, could the key to reducing the appearance of cellulite be strengthening connective tissue? Yes!
In our skin, connective tissue forms a sort of scaffolding that holds everything together. It’s made up predominantly of collagen fibers. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body…and it makes up 75% of our skin! Did you know that, for women, once you hit age 21 it’s all downhill in the collagen department? From that point forward, we lose approximately 1% of our collagen every year and we never get it back. Additionally, our natural collagen production slows down as we age, so we are left with sparse, lax connective tissue. Perfect conditions for cellulite to form, not to mention saggy, wrinkled skin.