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Are creams effective & how do they work?


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:


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


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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