Can We Really Get Rid of Cellulite?
It has been the bane of every women's existence since the dawn of time - the
affliction known as cellulite. We all have it to varying degrees, and it seems
to get worse as we get older in many cases. So, should we just resign ourselves
to the fact that it is here to stay, or is there a way to fight and get rid
Thankfully, the answer is yes, we can fight cellulite, or at least the appearance
of cellulite, through several therapeutic treatments that are available on the
market today. It is not, however, a one-time deal. Once you stop the treatments,
the cellulite will inevitably return. So, the treatment of cellulite is an ongoing
commitment, and it should be incorporated as part of your daily beauty regimen
for consistent and lasting reduction in it's appearance.
Some of the over-the-counter cellulite treatments actually do quite a good
job of significantly reducing the appearance of cellulite. In order to achieve
maximum effectiveness with these products, it is imperative that you massage
the affected areas vigorously for a few minutes when applying the treatment.
In addition to the smoothing and tightening ingredients in the treatment, the
massaging stimulates circulation and helps break the collagen bands that have
constricted and resulted in the "puckered" look of the affected areas.
The most effective ingredients, and what gives these products their smoothing
effects, are caffeine and aminophylline. Many also add seaweed extract as well,
but this is not the most effective ingredient in the product.
In addition to the cellulite creams, lotions and gels, there is a procedure
called endermology that has many women reporting extraordinary results. It is
actually a large mechanical pressure device that uses a technique similar to
the process of a rolling pin rolling out dough to make cookies. This action
kneads the problem areas with substantial pressure to break down the aforementioned
collagen bands, and smooth the sponginess and puckering out for an even and
Drawbacks are it is expensive and does require return visits for maintenance,
it can be an uncomfortable and even slightly painful process, and it may result
in some temporary bruising.
Another option is oral herbal or medicinal remedies for cellulite. Beware though.
There have not been significant studies or proof verifying whether these products
actually produce results. I cannot recommend investing in or experimenting with
these newer products until substantial findings or proof are published regarding
So, what else causes cellulite? This question is still the subject of scientific
debate. We definitely know that it mostly affects women, so there is much speculation
that the underlying cause is hormonal in nature. Many other studies suggest
it is related to age, diet, genetics, and fitness/level of activity. It has
been noted that strength and toning exercises, as well as steady weight maintenance
will help with the appearance of cellulite. Frequent weight fluctuation, high
fat diets, and even excessive carbonated beverages have been some of the suspected
culprits as well.
Whatever the cause, if you want to minimize these unsightly dimples, there
are options out there for you that are effective and affordable. New breakthroughs
are being made every day in the field of cosmetic enhancement products, so we
may soon see another product that blows them all away. It may be tomorrow, for
all we know!
Danna Schneider - Cosmetics & Beauty Product Critic
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