Cellulite. Now there’s a topic that nobody likes to discuss.
Unlike concerns about hair, pimples, or even weight, talking about cellulite feels really personal. But while we may not be talking about it, being saddled with cellulite is something that many women think about, and even obsess over.
So today we ARE going to have a chat about cellulite and why you should shake off your sarong this summer…dimples and all.
Let’s dive in.
So you have cellulite. Welcome to the club.
Here’s a reality check for you: 90% of women have cellulite. I’m one of them, you’re probably one of them, and you’d better believe that most magazine cover models and A-list actresses aren’t immune from a bump or two either.
Despite that reality, cellulite is something that makes most of us feel insecure (and even a little ugly).
I get it.
I first discovered that I had cellulite when I was just 24 years old, and let me tell you that I was stunned. It was as if I went to bed one night, skin as smooth as a supple leopard, and woke the next morning to find the little buggers broken out over my backside.
My first reaction was one of slight horror and embarrassment. Did my friends have cellulite? Would other women judge me? Was I destined to spend the next 80 years wearing long pants?
At that time I was living in hot and humid North Carolina where one must bare their legs during the long summer, or risk heatstroke. I looked at my social calendar and, to my dismay, pool parties, lake parties, and shorts-appropriate cookouts were scheduled for the many weekends ahead. I felt a little devastated.
Admittedly, my initial response was rather dramatic (as was the hasty decision to invest in multiple pairs of linen trousers), but I can understand why it happened. Every day mainstream media makes women think that cellulite is ugly, unhealthy and not at all sexy.
Apparently, beauty means being dimple free.
Of course, the magazines can’t say those exact words — what a PR nightmare that would be! —but the message they’re sending is loud and clear, and it’s delivered by airbrushing all the lumps and bumps off their already gorgeous models.
Why I Dare You to Bare
Having cellulite does not mean that you’re an unhealthy, unfit, or undesirable woman. It doesn’t even indicate that you have too much body fat.
Cellulite occurs when the top layer of fat cells (those which are responsible for padding your body and supplying energy) push up into the outermost layer of skin, creating dimples at the surface. Your susceptibility has to do with the strength and elasticity of your skin, which declines with age, and how well it cushions and compacts your subcutaneous fat.
While it may not always feel desirable, having cellulite is totally normal.
So don’t hesitate to reach for that pair of shorts or your bikini bottoms this summer. “Perfect” is an Instagram filter that you don’t need, and life’s more fun when you love the skin you’re in. So go ahead and flaunt it!