Cellulite is often described as looking like orange peel because of the dimples it creates in the skin. The most commonly effected areas are the thighs, buttocks and abdomen. It is mostly a female affliction due to the differences in fat distribution between men and women. Although life style does influence how much cellulite you have, it is mostly down to your genetic predisposition rather than your weight or health. There are several approaches to reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Cellulite creams and gels are popular ways of improving the uneven appearance of the skin. These are of varying effectiveness and what may work well for one person may have no benefit at all in another. It is claimed xanthines in the cream encourages the breaking down of fat, retinoids improve circulation in the skin's surface and alpha hydroxy improves the appearance by ridding the skin of dead cells. Most cellulite creams are based around these three ingredients.
Laser treatment is a more costly option, but is often more effective. The lasers help stimulate circulation and break down fat, causing a temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite. The Tri-Active laser is FDA approved. Electrotherapy (electrical muscle stimulator) is also commonly offered in health spas, although as yet it does not have FDA approval. The theory is that the muscle vibrations helps break down the fat, making it easier for the body to remove it.
A miracle cure for cellulite is elusive. Since your genetics largely determine how prone your are to cellulite it may never be possible to eradicate it completely. However, since poor fitness levels, an inadequate diet or high stress levels can worsen cellulite simple life style changes can help greatly. The cheapest and most effective cellulite treatment is often eating healthily and getting plenty of exercise.