We already know that skin is divided into 3 layers: epidermis, dermis and hypodermis.
The evolution of cellulite occurs in the deeper layer, in the hypodermis. It is there where the cells what store the fat (or adipocytes) are.
Both, in women and in men, the principal function of adipocytes is gathering fat with the aim of regulating body temperature and cushion any possible external impact.
All is correct and works perfectly until the storage of fat in the adipocytes becomes unbalance: they accumulate more fat than the body can burn.
Then, fat cells grow until they cannot gather more inside and launch a signal that activates other adipocytes what are inactive, waiting for that call. They will multiply and get fat. After a while, fat cells get so big that they change the appearance of the outer layer: the epidermis. Now, it is easy to see the bumps in the skin—firstly, more subtle orange skin followed by easy to see cellulite.
Attention: Adipocytes can enlarge up to 50 times their original size.
As fat cells occupy more space in the hypodermis, this makes it more difficult for blood flow because blood vessels are pushed as the lymphatic system. So the body starts to keep liquids and the organism cannot eliminate water and toxins of he body properly.
Then, the legs start to feel heavier and it is possible to see and touch the cellulite in the skin.
Symptoms of Cellulite:
- Heavy legs
- Fluid retention
- Swollen ankles
- Spontaneous bruising
- Cold feet
And one step further: varicose veins, cramps and pain.