Blame it on your genes and hormones.
The fairer sex gets more dimpled skin as they age. (Photo: bowie15 / www.123rf.com)
Dimples on the face? Cute. Dimples on your thighs and bottom? Not.
As you age, there is a higher likelihood of getting cellulite because the number of immune cells in your skin decreases, collagen production slows down, and elastin, the protein that keeps skin ﬂexible, degrades. Even blood vessels are reduced, so cells get a poorer supply of nutrients needed for repair, says Dr Raymond Kwah, consultant dermatologist at Dermatology & Surgery Clinic.
There is hope yet for dimpled skin. You just have to start now, especially those from the fairer sex – because women get more cellulite than men!
What is cellulite?
Resembling orange peel, cellulite often appears on buttocks and thighs. However, some also have it on their arms, breasts and abdomen. Compounding the problem is the loss of muscle tone and elasticity that accentuate those lumpy bits.
How cellulite happens
The uneven, lumps are fat deposits that get pushed through the collagen ﬁbres connected to your muscles. Cellulite shows up when the ﬁbrous bands of tissues toughen (often over time) and when more fat accumulates, causing the deposits to bulge out. As we age, not only do our metabolic rates slow down but we also gain fat more easily, says Dr Kwah. If you’re mostly sedentary, the loss of muscle will also make skin look saggy.
Why do women get more cellulite than men?
It boils down to the difference in the subcutaneous fat architecture, which is inﬂuenced by genes and hormones, says Dr Kwah. Women have larger fat lobules (glands) with thin tissue septae (membranes) that tend to run perpendicular to skin. This pattern of the septae allows fat to protrude into the overlying skin, adds Dr Kwah.
Men, on the other hand, have thicker skin, smaller fat lobules and septae that run more parallel to skin. This reduces their likelihood of developing cellulite.
How to get rid of cellulite
Besides clocking more gym time to stay toned and sculpted, try using products with methylxanthines (compounds which break down fat) like caffeine.