Model Squeezing Leg CelluliteUgh. Is this really something we have to worry about? Sometimes when celebrities share their insight, I am left thoroughly confused. It reminds me of Mean Girls when The Plastics were lamenting about their supposed flaws (“My hairline is weird.” “My pores are huge.” “My nail beds suck.”) and Lindsay Lohan‘s character was clueless that so many things could be wrong with your body. I occasionally find myself wondering how I could not have known that you could have an asymmetrical pinky toe, or misshapen cuticles. This was the case after I read Maria Menounos‘s interview in Health magazine where she discusses having pre-cellulite:

“If I were to take my jeans off right now, you would see pre-cellulite. It doesn’t look that good, but I’m OK with that. We’re all human. If I want to get rid of it, I know what I have to do.”

What exactly is pre-cellulite? I thought you either have cellulite, or if you’re very lucky, you don’t. Is pre-cellulite just a polite way of saying you have a bit of cellulite? Let’s talk science:

“Pre-cellulite” can be used to refer to skin that doesn’t have any cellulite and is dimple-free. The Dermal Institute categorizes cellulite into four stages. I’ll try not to make this too technical. In stage one, structural changes occur to the cells, including breaking down the skin’s dermis, and fat cells swell to twice or three times their original size.

Stage two is when “fat cells engorge further and clumping is more pronounced, pushing the much-needed blood vessels further away” and the dimples become visible.

Stages three and four involve the cellulite becoming more pronounced. At the end of stage four, the cell structure has finished its transformation. So perhaps it would have been more accurate for Maria to say she had stage two cellulite?

The Peach Factor (quite possibly the best name for skin firming experts) reported on a study where tissue samples were taken from women and men who suffered from cellulite and those who didn’t. The results showed that all women (but not men) have the cellulite cell structure, after they go through puberty.

Basically, cellulite is waiting to happen (or the technical term is “incipient cellulite”). It’s just a matter of other contributing factors (i.e. diet, exercise, genetics) whether it will become visible or not. Remember that the next time you rather re-watch Game Of Thrones than go to the gym.

The bottom line: we all have pre-cellulite cells, and they’re just waiting for the chance to show up. Thanks cells.

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