BEAUTY

Do cel­lulite creams work?

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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

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