Do cellulite creams work?
When it comes to cellulite reduction, we’re fed a diet of pills, potions and procedures. We can be squeezed and sucked, injected and brushed, chilled and vacuumed, worked out and worked over. Most major beauty companies have a cream or gel response to the dimply fat and fibrous connective tissue underneath the skin that affects far more women than men. One of the most common ingredients is caffeine.
Ingested, caffeine helps to speed up the metabolism. On the skin, it drains excess fluid from fat tissue, reducing the appearance of lumps and bumps. It’s a quick and effective fix, but it’s temporary. Take L’Occitane’s Almond Refining Concentrate ($85). Used consistently (as in every day), it will help your skin look tighter. Stop using it and – as is the case with every anti-cellulite product – the orange-peel dimples will return.
It’s the same with Shiseido’s Advance Body Creator Aromatic Sculpting Gel ($99). It hydrates beautifully and it is claimed to reduce the appearance of cellulite at the same time. This new-gen Body Creator (the product in various incarnations has been around for years), is incredibly popular, and uses aromatherapeutic essences such as caffeine, grapefruit and menthol to get its results.
Another brand well regarded for its body treatments is Clarins. Clarins’ Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert ($110) is also gorgeously decadent, with quince leaf extract and a host of other top-notch botanicals to smooth, firm and lift the skin. Ditto Dr. Hauschka’s Lemmon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil ($47), which combines ingredients such as lemon peel, mistletoe, horsetail and lemongrass to fortify connective tissue.
Anti-cellulite products won’t rid you of cellulite, neither can they replace proper nutrition and exercise. But if you have a generous beauty budget, they can’t hurt. If you don’t, a thorough exfoliation and an expert fake tan will get you similar results. Tracey Strange