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Can We Talk About Cellulite for a Minute?

Dimples on a baby? SUPER CUTE!

Dimples on your cheeks? Also CUTE.

Dimples on any other part of your body? NOT SO CUTE.

It’s Cellulite. No one likes it. No one wants it. We all have it, and we’d rather not. Small bodies, large bodies, and all bodies in between; no bodies are immune to these dimples. NOT A ONE.

legs, cellulite, short skirt, summer

I always remember my mom obsessively worrying about her cellulite in the 80′s and 90′s when she was in her late 20′s and into her early 40′s. She kept a cellulite massager in her shower and endlessly worked at keeping dimples away. And even though she was in great shape and any cellulite she was referring to was barely noticeable to me, she’d never wear anything that would show off her upper legs in the Summer. And I could NOT understand why she obsessed so much about it in the first place, because to my youthful teenage eyes, “she was old, so who cared anyway?”.

But now that I am in my late 30′s and have a moderate amount of small and large dimples cascading across the front of my thighs like they own the place, I understand why my mom was so concerned with fighting these little beasts. But I’m not as committed to the process as she was. Like at all. Because I’m lazy.

When I was young, I always had a few dimples on the sides of my legs when I crossed them, which were easily concealed with a well-placed hand, but now, it’s the entire fronts of my thighs. I have some on the back, but far less. And in fact, I would mind so much less if it were just on the backs of my legs! But I’m not that lucky.

As Spring and Summer approach, it’s not my weight that I worry about as much as how my dimpled thighs are going to be on parade as the harsh sun glares down on them if I dare wear cute little sundresses, not to mention, bathing suits! And I fear that if I had a young daughter listening to me talk about my cellulite as if it mattered, she would OF COURSE think the same thing I thought about my mom.

I’M OLD, WHO CARES?

But I’m not dead. And I’m NOT a mom with a daughter. And I’m ONLY 36. AND, AND, AND…

I know that I don’t exercise as often as I should and I know that when I do walk and hike more often, stretch, and even drink more water, that the skin on my thighs does get tighter, but it never goes away completely. For MOST women, no matter what exercise they do or what creams they try, or doctor proven techniques they use, it never goes away and with age, just worsens. Because as we age and our skin thins out and loses elasticity, and as we sit on our butts more working at our computers, the orange peel effect begins to set in just to makes matters worse. You know, the top layer of smaller dimples that lay above and around the larger fatty ones below. Awesome. And I know that everyone has it to some degree… and I know that NONE of us want it. I also have a haunting suspicion that women notice it far more often on themselves and on other women than men do, if men ever even notice at all.

I wonder if women before the Baby Boomer Generation {i.e. our mother’s mothers} had similar worries? I doubt it. I know that hemlines didn’t really hit too high above the knees until the 1960′s mod movement and at that time, mostly young girls sans cellulite were donning those mini looks. Older women wore much longer dresses and never without stockings. But nowadays, I often see girls and women of all ages wearing short dresses and skirts, seemingly unaffected by the looks of their legs in general, cellulite and/or shape. So why should I care?

Do I blame my mother for this mentality? You bet! That’s what parents are for, right? And just like my mother then, my dimpled thighs are beginning to discourage me from wearing shorter lengths now and in the coming warmer months because I can’t wear tights to conceal them. So I ask myself; if my mom wasn’t so openly worried about her cellulite, would I be about mine? Does it even matter?

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