ELLE Canada Online gets the skinny on pesky cellulite -- what it is, and what to do about it.
Dimples may be cute on babies -- and Brad Pitt -- but not so much on your body post-bikini season. With the warmer weather fast approaching, it's hard not to think about having to bare your wobbly bits. We went straight to Toronto-based dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, www.dlkonavenue.com, for the lowdown on the top five questions about cellulite.
Question #1: What is cellulite?
The first rule of combat is 'know thy enemy'. So, what the heck is that lumpy stuff anyway? As Dr. Lisa Kellett explains, "cellulite histologically (under the microscope) is the same fat found on the rest of the body. Cellulite refers to a distinctive appearance of fat through the skin with an irregular texture. It can be found predominantly in certain areas such as the hips, thighs and buttocks."
Question #2: What causes cellulite?
"Cellulite is caused by fat distribution," Dr. Kellett says. "Genetics plays a significant role but there is no evidence-based medicine to support that dehydration, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, stress and taking certain medications [such as the birth control pill] as causes of cellulite."
Question #3: What's the most common myth about cellulite?
There are plenty of many misconceptions about cellulite. One of the most popular, says Dr. Kellett, is that 'Skinny supermodels don't have cellulite!' Not true, "anyone can have it," she says. And we've all seen the proof in those unfortunate tabloid pics of cottage-cheese afflicted Kate Moss and Paris Hilton. Cellulite can happen to gals of any shape or size.
Question #4: How can I get rid of it?
The bottom line is you can't -- sorry! "There is no cure," Dr. Kellett says. But just because you can't make it go away, doesn't mean you can't make it better. Changes in your lifestyle can help lessen the appearance of cellulite.
• Getting off the couch: Daily exercise tones muscles and underlying tissues.
• Giving yourself a buff: Gently exfoliation with a dry loofah increases circulation and gives skin a healthy glow.
• Drinking more H²O: Proper hydration can have a big impact on the look of your skin.
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