Cellulite Can't Be Cured—but There Is Good News

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Body brushing is old news when it comes to knowing how to get rid of cellulite. We know we should be doing it every day, but it's a toughie when it's cold in the bathroom and you just have to get a move on in the morning. Coupled with the fact that we're aware that little works, you could say we're resigned to the orange-peel look. But there is good news: You can improve the appearance of it.

Now, before we start discussing the merits of cellulite therapies, we should point out that there's nothing wrong with it. Nearly every woman has it, and it doesn't matter what size you are. After speaking to many different experts, from doctors to estheticians and skin therapists, the truth is that we have no control over whether or not we have cellulite; it is hereditary.

So just why is it so hard to break down? Anjali Mahto, MD, spoke to us about the reason why. "You have your epidermis, dermis, and the hyperdermis. What ends up happening when cellulite forms is that the fat settles between the connective tissue of the dermis, which results in the dimpling skin."

As there is also connective tissue in the way, it's not simply a case of breaking down the fat; sometimes you have to break down the connective tissue too to really see a difference. No surprise, then, that many women find cellulite a stubborn concern to tackle.

We spoke to various experts in the field, including Mahto, who deal with cellulite regularly, all about the tricks they know for reducing its appearance. From the cost-free lifestyle changes to the more extreme side like going for surgery, we've got everything you need to know about saying goodbye to the dreaded orange peel.

Keep scrolling for our 101 on how to get rid of cellulite.

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