There are a multitude of physiological, hormonal or genetic factors leading to cellulite, and could include changes in metabolism, diet and exercise habits, or alteration in connective tissue structure. Cellulite has even been traced back to high-stress lifestyles which cause an increase in the level of catecholamines such as adrenaline (associated with the fight-or-flight response).
Fat cells are surrounded by a matrix of fibrous cords that connect our skin to the muscle.
Hormones like estrogen, encourage the body to build up and store fat, causing the fibrous cords to tightly compress fat cells. These compressed fat cells bulge through the skin’s surface causing cellulite. Estrogen release also decreases production of collagen, reducing skin elasticity which increases the likelihood of cellulite.
One may be more genetically predisposed to cellulite development thanks certain characteristics passed down from parents or grand parents. For example, skin structure, uneven fat distribution, poor metabolism, and slower circulation.
Lifestyle and diet can also influence cellulite appearance. A diet rich in fat, carbohydrates, and salt and minimal fibre will speed up cellulite production. If you smoke, barely exercise, or spend most of the time in a day sitting down without standing up and stretching your limbs, then too you are likely to develop cellulite.