Cellulite creams can vary in their effectiveness depending on their ingredients. Some products are much better than others and it can be somewhat intimidating when you see the variety of products that are on the shelves these days. So many of these creams seem very similar, but, as they say, “the devil is in the details.” Fortunately we have the internet which makes researching products relatively easy.
It is important to read the labels and look for user comments so that you will know what you are getting before you purchase an anti-cellulite cream. The bottom line should be how effective each cream is in reducing cellulite. Reputable manufacturers will offer a free time trial period and a money back guarantee.
Cellulite can occur on anybody, especially those that are overweight. Obese people suffer from it more often than people that stay in the proper weight range for their height. Body type and heredity can also play a role in determining who gets and who avoids cellulite. Women seem to be predisposed to cellulite because they tend to be less active then men in both work and in their home life. Studies have shown that approximately 80% of women will experience some form of cellulite during their lifetime.
Cellulite is a build up of fat in the tissue underneath your “integumentary system”, or as it is commonly known, the skin. For the purpose of this discussion we will look at the first two layers of the skin which are the epidermis and the dermis.
The epidermis is four layers thick and it is designed to seal and cushion the rest of the body from outside influences. The fourth layer is constantly producing new skin and the skin gradually dies as it moves through the next two layers to reach the outer layer of the skin which is completely dead. The body is continuously sloughing off its outer most layer of dead skin.
The dermis, the layer under the four layers of the epidermis, has its own blood supply and because of that supply of blood, more complex cells exist in the dermis. Fat cells, sweat glands and hair follicles are some of the main cells found in the dermis. The dermis also contains dense connective tissue, made of collagen fibres, which gives the skin much of its elasticity and strength.
When the body is subject to a diet that contains to many fatty foods, the cells in the dermis weaken and fat pockets accumulate in the cells which put pressure on the epidermis causing the telltale dimples that characterize cellulite. When the body is performing optimally, the fats and toxins that accumulate in these cells are removed in sweat that passes through pores in the epidermis.
When toxins, which are a natural part of the digestion process, are not removed, they can attack the lower level of the epidermis and reduce skin suppleness. When cells expand due to the accumulation of fat, they push up against skin cells that are already stretched and cause the dimples that you see on the surface of the skin.
Cellulite deposits have many nicknames, but no matter what they are called, the result is an embarrassing patch of “cottage cheese” like skin that no one wants to look at. For most women, cellulite is the result of heredity and hormonal imbalances coupled with inadequate physical exercise and poor diet.
Do Cellulite Creams Really Work?
Cellulite creams have taken the market by storm. There are so many different brands, types and ingredients that there must be something to these cellulite creams, because if they didn’t work, there wouldn’t be so many of them on the market. When all is said and done, the anti-cellulite creams with the right ingredients, do work, but they are not a miracle cure. You cannot simply apply the product on one day and expect that your cellulite will be gone by the next day. The cream will provide results over time, depending on how well you follow the instructions and how you limit your intake of fats and sugars. When combined with other natural methods of reducing cellulite, such as skin brushing, regular physical exercise and healthy diet, you can dramatically reduce your existing cellulite and avoid adding new cellulite in the future.
Active Ingredients Of Cellulite Creams
You might expect some laboratory engineered substances to make up the better anti-cellulite creams, but that is not the case. There are time honoured, natural ingredients in the best ant-cellulite creams. Collagen and herbal extracts are found in most anti-cellulite creams.
Collagen increases the suppleness and strengthens the connective tissues that bind the cells together. When the cells are strengthened, they resist the expansion that weakened cells allow as fat collects in the expanding walls of the cells. Increased suppleness in the skin stops fat from forming “cottage cheese” on the surface of the skin. Strong cells force fats and toxins out of the body through the sweat glands.
Caffeine was being used as a treatment for cellulite before anti-cellulite creams ever came on the market. Now, I know that you are thinking I already drink three cups of coffee a day and I still have cellulite.
For use against cellulite, the caffeine must be applied topically to the affected area of the skin. When topically applied and absorbed into the skin membrane, caffeine has been shown to tightening blood vessels in the skin and stimulates blood flow which strengthens the cells.
Anti-oxidants, like caffeine, are a key component in any effective anti-cellulite cream. Omega 3 anti-oxidants, which are found in fish oil, stimulates the contraction of the connective tissues under the skin, which in turn strengthens the cells, making them more resistant to the pressure from fat cells that try to expand underneath the skin.
When these ingredients are combined with the correct low fat diet, and physical exercise, the results can be quite remarkable and occur much quicker than you might imagine. Everyone is different, so the results will vary from one subject to the next.
Some people that are not as disciplined with the diet and exercise part of the program may have to continue the use of the cream indefinitely, while others will get into the program and no longer need the cream after a period of time.
The Complete Anti-Cellulite Program
If you are looking for the quickest results from your anti-cellulite cream use, you have to be willing to make changes in your lifestyle choices. The anti-cellulite cream can only do so much on its own, but if you combine it with a complete program, you will speed up the process and greatly enhance the effectiveness of the cream.
Regular physical exercise is a must. Exercise raises your heart rate and burns fat. The best way to reduce cellulite is to lower the fat percentage in your body. Running is one of the easiest forms of exercise that requires only thirty minutes, three or four times per week to achieve the desired results.
A low fat diet is something that you should be on for your overall health as well as part of your program to reduce cellulite. The combination of a low fat diet and proper exercise will set your hormonal balance for optimum performance. Make the effort to stay away from processed foods, foods high in animal fat content and fried foods. Try to eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables, because they are high in fibre which helps the body to remove fats and toxins.
Use cellulite creams that have the best ingredients. More money does not necessarily guarantee a better product. Take the time to research the various creams and gels on the internet before you purchase. You can see all of the ingredients and learn what each one does in the cream. You can also read product reviews to find out how they worked for other customers.
When choosing a product, you will find that they come in both cream and gel form. The choice is up to you because, if they have the right ingredients, they will work the same. In general, the creams are richer and take longer to dry, whereas the gels will dry very quickly.
When you apply the cream or gel, concentrate on massaging the cream into the areas containing cellulite, systematically using a circular motion. When you massage the cream into your skin, it helps to promote adequate blood circulation. Be sure to follow the direction for the frequency of use of the cream, because overuse can cause skin dehydration and flaking.
Skin brushing is another technique that has been around for a long time. This technique consists of brushing the skin where your cellulite deposits are located and areas where you think cellulite might be developing. You can purchase a skin brush on the internet or at most health and beauty supply stores.
Use the brush once a day, for not more than five minutes per affected area. Begin with your legs and execute long, smooth strokes vertically, back and forth. Then move to your abdomen with circular strokes, followed by the buttocks and any other areas where you have an accumulation of cellulite.
You Get What You Put Into It
Everything that I have discussed today adds something to the results. Independently taken, results may be a long time coming, if at all. When used in combination these steps are tremendously potent and can rid you of your cellulite over time.
If you perform all of the steps on a regular basis, you should see marked results in no more than 8 weeks. For some, the results will come much quicker. If you work at it and see no results within 8 weeks, you should try another anti-cellulite cream in order to find the combination of ingredients that works best for you.
There is no doubt that anti-cellulite creams work, but the degree to which they work is entirely up to you. The more you put into your diet and physical exercise program the better your results will be. Try to remember that you did not develop cellulite over night, but rather over a long period of time in which you engaged in fat building habits. Everything that you do to reverse those habits will show itself in your overall health and will enable your anti-cellulite cream the opportunity to work its “magic”.
Prasanta Chatterjee is involved in healthcare market research since 2009. He loves to write about alternative health, herbal health along with general healthcare.