Cellulite develops due to an accumulation of fat cells and the inherent structure of your internal skin tissues. When fat cells grow, they push through the layers of collagen fibers that exist beneath the skin. The collagen fibers respond by pulling down, creating a tension that leads to surface dents and dimples. A number of factors can weaken the fibers and make them more susceptible to this process, including hormones, a lack of exercise, minimal muscle tone, excessive fat and poor circulation.
The condition tends to worsen with age because the body naturally begins to produce less estrogen. Without an optimal amount of this vital hormone, many women experience poor circulation, a decrease in collagen production and a breakdown of connective tissues – all major contributors to cellulite.