Difference between cellulite and stretch marks

Q: What's the difference between cellulite and stretch marks?
I have white marks at the top of my thighs - I can't tell if their stretch marks of cellulite. Their white, as mentioned, and they protrude slightly.

Could someone clear this up for me as I need to know so that I can find a cream to reduce the visible appearance!

A: That what you're describing is stretch marks. Cellulite is often described like orange peel like skin or cottage cheese. It's dimpled, and you can see little bumps and lumps on skin.

Picture of stretch marks (although those ones are pretty strong):
Picture of cellulite:

You cannot completely cure stretch marks, but you can make them less visible by using body lotions and oils. That is also the way to prevent further stretch marks to appear. Also, if they bother you too much, you can have them treated with laser.

If you're worried about cellulite, too, here's the list of food that helps fighting cellulite.

For reducing cellulite, as well as for losing weight I recommend you to do these things:
  • Walk, swim, run, dance...
  • Exercise at least half an hour a day
  • Drink lots of water - improves blood circulation, makes cellulite less visible
  • Eat health food - you can check more on the above link
  • Brush and massage - also makes cellulite less visible, helps removing it, boosts circulation and skin looks healthier
  • Moisturize your skin
  • Take cold showers
  • Relax - stress could also cause cellulite accumulation

And avoid doing these things:
  • Junk food - it has "bad" calories (your body is not able to use them up, instead it stores them in form of fat, and fat becomes cellulite if pushed away from cells)
  • Alcohol, cigarettes - generally they're very bad for your skin tone, and improve the appearance of cellulite. Alcohol also dehydrates your body.
  • Physical inactivity - less physically active you are more calories don't end up burned but stored. Also inactivity makes your circulation worse, and so cellulite can form more easily.
  • Tight clothes - those are not good for your blood and lymph circulation, so avoid them if possible.
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