Are Cellulite Creams Effective?

cosmeticAlmost every women’s magazine is littered with products that claim they can effectively diminish the unsightly appearance of dimpling or bulging cellulite from the skin. Many of these creams, lotions, and even sprays promise instant results in as little as a few days. While some may offer a long list of positive reviews about their product’s effectiveness, members of the scientific community has this to say about the perennial question, “Are cellulite creams effective?”, and the answer is a clear “No”.

Before you lose hop however, it is important to look at the claims of many of these anti-cellulite creams. They don’t say that your cellulite will be gone forever. They are not explicitly saying that their creams are the cure or treatment to the cellulite problem. What these companies are saying is that their products contain some of the most commonly used ingredients in the reduction of the appearance of these dimpling and bulging in the skin. Do take note that the keyword used is “reduction” and not “elimination”.

Come to think of it, eliminating cellulite forever is like rewriting your genes. While scientists remain baffled as to why a lot of women – up to 90 percent of post-pubertal women – experience cellulite in their lifetimes. And the fact that men who grow cellulite are typically those with androgenic deficiencies further fuels the speculation that cellulite is closely related to the action of female hormones. That being said, following logic that if cellulite is attributed to female hormones and that all females have these hormones, then cellulite is nothing but a normal phenomenon.

That is why it really is impossible to totally “cure” or eliminate cellulite because it is already considered as a natural part of the body’s physiologic processes. What can be done, however, is to reduce its dimpling and bulging so that it will not be so conspicuous when you’re out in the open with your bathing suit on.

Are cellulite creams effective? Insofar as the reduction of the appearance of the cellulite is concerned, one can say that these are effective to some extent. If you look at majority of their components, these contain caffeine and retinol, two substances that have been used in a variety of skin issues for many years. Caffeine is a stimulant that burns fat and which also helps flush out toxins from the body. It is believed these toxins can make the cellulite look worse than it really is. Retinol can help rejuvenate the skin and help in the increased production of collagen. This firms up the skin, leading to less visible dimpling or bulging.

Cellulite creams are effective insofar as providing temporary relief from the unsightly appearance of cellulite is concerned. But, if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, you might be disappointed.