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Anti Cellulite Creams

 

Around 85% to 95% of women have cellulite at some stage of their lives. Cellulite is that puckered, orange peel looking skin commonly found on the stomach, buttocks and thighs. Unfortunately, cellulite is just one more of those cruel conditions that appear more with age.

 

Cause of Cellulite

There is wide disagreement as to the exact causes of cellulite. However, most most experts agree that it results from reduced natural circulation processes - lymph and blood circulation - in the capillaries of the subcutaneous tissue.

Added to this,other theories include:

Weight Gain - weght gain causes the fat cells in the mesoderm to swell; placing additional strain on the surrounding connective tissue. This results in compromised microcirculation.

Genetics - that some women have more genetic disposition to cellulite than others. Studies of newborns support this theory; based on the number of septa bands found in the infants skin. Several genetic factors have been shown to be necessary for cellulite to develop. Gender, race, biotype, and a hormone receptor allele that determines the receptor number and sensitivity, distribution of subcutaneous fat, and predisposition to circulatory insufficiency have all been shown to contribute to cellulite.

Hormonal - hormones play a dominant role in the formation of cellulite. Estrogen is thought to initiate, and aggravate cellulite. Other hormones including insulin, the catecholamines adrenaline and noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin have all been shown to participate in the development of cellulite.

Diet - excessive amounts of fat, carbohydrates, salt, alcohol or too little fiber can all contribute to an increase cellulite.

Lifestyle - Smoking, lack of exercise, tight clothes, high heeled shoes, and sitting or standing in a single position of long periods have all been correlated with an increase in cellulite. A high stress lifestyle will cause an increase in the catecholamine hormones.

Cellulite With Aging

Cellulite may not only increase with age, but the amount of cellulite present becomes more visible. This is due to a factor of skin changes and muscular degeneration, called sarcopenia.

Skin Factors

As we age, two skin related elements change:

  1. our constructive tissue strands thicken and
  2. the skin gets thinner.

As we age, our ciruclatory system starts weakening, resulting in less nourishment reaching the skin cells. In addition, lymph vessels can become damaged over time, allowing cellulite to become more apparent.

Muscle Loss

The average woman loses around 5 pounds of muscle for each decade of adult life. This is generally replaced with about 15 pounds of fat.

Whilst muscle lies taut beneath the skin, fat is extremely soft, making the skin appear less toned. Fat also takes up more space than muscle for the same weight; causing the bulge in the skin known as cellulite.

 

Cellulite Products

Cellulite treatments are a combination of massage and topical lotions and creams. These treatments and products are designed to stimulate cell circulation, reducing fluid and ridding the skin of toxins. Some claim to literally "melt" fat away.

A high quality cellulite product must not only contain the essential ingredients to effect these functions, but also an efficient product delivery system to ensure the lotions reach every cell.

Cellulite creams claim to work by pulling fluids out of the spaces between cells and induce lipolysis -- fat burning in the layer just below the skin's surface. A recent study published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery, found that certain cellulite creams did in fact reduce fat cells in the skin, with visible reduction in the appearance of cellulite in just a few weeks.

The effectiveness of cellulite products to significantly reduce the appearance of cellulite varies greatly. With over 200 products currently on the market for treating cellulite, it is important to know what to look for - price is definitely not a reliable guide.

Each cellulite product should have three core ingredients to:

  1. reduce the appearance of cellulite
  2. have the proper delivery of active ingredients
  3. have skin tightening properties.

In a recent UK television show, a trial using 100 women in 4 groups of 25, blind tested four cellulite products:

  1. Nivea Goodbye Cellulite Smoothing Gel [GBP 9.95]
  2. L'Oreal PerfectSlim [GBP 10.95]
  3. Dior Plasticity [GBP 30.00]
  4. Sisley Celluli-Pro [GBP 85.00]

 

The results were lack luster and proved that price is NOT an indicator of effectiveness.

The questionnare asked for feedback on: smell, texture, smoothness, and whether it worked.

The Results

  1. Nivea [39/100] - participants claimed the skin was smoother, with less dimples
  2. Dior [34/100] - texture of skin seemed better
  3. Sisley [31/100] - skin appeared smoother, but no improvement in cellulite
  4. L'Oreal [27/100] - no real change in texture, and didnt like the sticky feel of the lotion.

As you can see - hardly heart racing results for any product.

Another Study by the Consumer Health Organisation claimed their top 25 cellulite products. Price was definitately not a good guidelines in these results either.

Top 25 Cellulite Products

Rank   Product Reduction in appearance of cellulite

Delivery of active ingredients

Ingredient Quality Skin Tightening Properties Total Score
1 Celrase Celrase™
5 / 5

5 / 5

5 / 5

5 / 5


96/100
Celrase Cellulite Reducer
2 Celluthin Cellulite Reducer Celluthin™
5 / 5

4 / 5

5 / 5
 
3 / 5
94/100
Celluthin Cellulite Reducer
3 Thermoderm Cellulite Reducer Thermoderm™
5 / 5

4 / 5

5 / 5
 
3 / 5
94/100
4 Derma Ab Solution Plus Derma Ab Solution Plus™
5 / 5

4 / 5

4 / 5

3 / 5
93/100
Derma Ab Solution Plus Cellulite Reducer
5 Body Sculpture Cellulite Reducer Body Sculpture™
5 / 5

4 / 5

4 / 5
 
3 / 5
93/100
Body Sculpture Cellulite Reducer
6 Hydroderm Body Shape Hydroderm Body Shape™
5 / 5
 
4 / 5

3 / 5
  
4 / 5
92/100
Hydroderm Body Shape Cellulite Reducer
7 Cellulean Cellulean™
4 / 5

5 / 5
 
4 / 5

3 / 5
92/100
Cellulean Cellulite Reducer
8 Avotone Body Sculpting Lotion Avotone Body Sculpting Lotion™
5 / 5
 
4 / 5
 
3 / 5
  
3 / 5
91/100
Avotone Body Sculpting Lotion
9 AromaSlim AromaSlim™
5 / 5
 
4 / 5
  
3 / 5

3 / 5
91/100
AromaSlim Cellulite Reducer
10 Oligo DX Cellulite Reducer Oligo DX™
5 / 5

4 / 5
 
3 / 5

3 / 5
91/100
Oligo DX Cellulite Reducer
Rank   Product Reduction in appearance of cellulite

Delivery of active ingredients

Ingredient Quality Skin Tightenening Properties Total Score
11 DDF Refining Body Treatment DDF Refining Body Treatment™
5 / 5
 
4 / 5
 
4 / 5
  
2 / 5
90/100
DDF Refining Body Treatment
12 Cellulite Solution Cellulite Solution™
5 / 5
  
3 / 5
 
3 / 5

4 / 5
90/100
Cellulite Solution
13 Cellugone Cellulite Reducer Cellugone™
5 / 5
 
3 / 5
  
3 / 5
 
3 / 5
90/100
Cellugone Cellulite Reducer
14 Osmotics Lipoduction Cellulite Remover Osmotics Lipoduction™
5 / 5
 
4 / 5
 
4 / 5
 
2 / 5
90/100
Osmotics Lipoduction Cellulite Reducer
15 Fatgirlslim Cellulite Reducer FatgirlSlim™
5 / 5
  
3 / 5

2 / 5

4 / 5
90/100
Fatgirlslim Cellulite Reducer
16 Lancome Slim Success Lancome Slim Success™
5 / 5
 
3 / 5
 
3 / 5

3 / 5
88/100
Lancome Slim Success Cellulite Reducer
17 High Thighs Cellulite Reducer High Thighs™
5 / 5
 
3 / 5
 
3 / 5
 
2 / 5
88/100
High Thighs Cellulite Reducer
18 Lipo Burn Lipo Burn™
5 / 5

4 / 5
 
3 / 5
 
2 / 5
88/100
Learn More About Lipo Burn
19 Celluslim Cellulite Reducer Celluslim™
5 / 5

3 / 5
 
3 / 5

3 / 5
88/100
Celluslim Cellulite Reducer
20
Cellutone Cellulite Reducer Cellutone™
5 / 5

4 / 5
 
3 / 5

2 / 5
88/100
Cellutone Cellulite Reducer
Rank   Product Reduction in appearance of cellulite

Delivery of active ingredients

Ingredient Quality Skin Tightenening Properties Total Score
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21 Clarins Body Lift Clarins Body Lift™
5 / 5

4 / 5

3 / 5

2 / 5
86/100
Clarins Body Lift
22 Murad Firm & Tone Serum Murad Firm & Tone Serum™
5 / 5

3 / 5

3 / 5
 
2 / 5
86/100
Murad irm & Tone Serum
23 Sublime Slim Cellulite Reducer Sublime Slim Anti-Cellulite Gel™
5 / 5

2 / 5

2 / 5

3 / 5
86/100
Sublime Slim Cellulite Reducer
24 Cellu-Sculpt Cellulite Reducer Cellu-Sculpt™
5 / 5

3 / 5

2 / 5

2 / 5
85/100
Cellu-Sculpt Cellulite Reducer
25 Nivea Body Good-Bye Cellulite Nivea Body Good-Bye Cellulite™
5 / 5

3 / 5

2 / 5

2 / 5
84/100
Nivea Body Good-Bye Cellulite

Source: ConsumerHealthOrg

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Cellulite Treatments

A number of cellulite treatments are commonly used in tandem with cellulite products, with the aim of assisting absorption and removal of toxic waste.

Syneron - cosmetic laser treatment for cellulite, combining mechanical, light, heat, and radio frequency energy to the skin. Syneron claim success after a few applications of their product.

Radio frequency - used to heat the skin and the fat tissue underneath the skin. This procedure helps regenerate the collagen in the area and makes the skin look younger and more vital.

Other cosmetic procedures such as Mesotherapy and Endermologie have produced inconclusive results. Each has been FDA approved to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite, effectiveness varies by procedure.

All methods require continual follow-up to maintain reduced levels of cellulite.

Liposuction, which extracts fat from under the skin, is not effective for cellulite reduction and may exacerbate the cosmetic problem.

Dieting does not get rid of the dimpled appearance, but a balanced diet and exercise may help to reduce the fat content within the distorted cells, reducing their contribution to the dimpling.

 

Self-Help Cellulite Treatment

A few useful tips to help prevent and reduce cellulite:

Diet

  1. Include fresh and natural foods into your diet.
  2. Drink plenty of filtered or bottled water to avoid dehydration.
  3. Limit the consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
  4. Avoid high fat foods.
  5. Get plenty of fiber.

Lifestyle

  1. Quit or cut down on smoking.
  2. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
  3. Avoid non-essential medications.


Studies and Trials

Whilst user reports claim that many cellulite creams and treatments are effective, studies claim "No statistical difference existed" in morphologic assessment of the body after 12 weeks of randomised control trial with Endermologie (Collis N et. al. 1999 Sep;104(4):1110-4 Plast Reconstr Surg)

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