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Are creams effective & how do they work?

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Cellulite creams are popular because they’re reasonably priced and easy to use. But are they effective?

“There is some evidence that they work by promoting lipolysis [the process in which fats are broken down in the body], stimulatin­g collagen and increasing blood flow and lymphatic drainage,” says dermatolog­ist Dr Jennifer Chwalek. Most topical cellulite treatments contain ingredient­s that encourage this process. These are:

RETINOL

It stimulates the production of collagen and as a result could lessen the appearance of cellulite.

CAFFEINE

It dehydrates the skin, which stimulates the breakdown of fat.

While there’s no permanent treatment for cellulite, topical treatments give temporary and superficia­l results. However it takes some time before results are visible.

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