Women are bombarded by cellulite cream ads in magazines all of the time, but is there any truth to many of their claims. The truth is that cellulite is normal for any post-pubescent woman. Studies suggest that anywhere from 70% to 90% of women have the dimpling skin at some point in their lives, and many of them are perfectly healthy, at a normal weight, and even quite active. It is almost impossible to avoid cellulite since so much of it has to do with hormones and genetic factors, but anti-cellulite serums and creams claim that the appearance of cellulite can be reduced with regular use.
If you are in the market for a cellulite cream, it’s important to look past the hype of fancy advertising and read the ingredients. These creams should not promise to reduce 100% of the cellulite on your body. At best, they should firm and tone the skin, providing a reduced appearance of cellulite when the cream is used regularly. The best ingredients for combating cellulite include caffeine, aminophylline, and retinol.
Caffeine is a prevalent ingredient in good cellulite creams because caffeine, a diuretic, works to remove water retention built up in the cellulite areas. It’s also a stimulant, so caffeine massaged into the skin can help stimulate the blood vessels to open up and flow more freely, ridding the body of built-up toxins and water. Look for a product that has caffeine listed as the first ingredient. Pass up any that has more water than caffeine. You can also make your own caffeine treatment at home with coffee. Blend two cups of olive or jojoba oil with one cup of ground coffee or used coffee grounds. Step into the shower and rinse, then turn off the water and massage the coffee mixture into the skin. Rinse it off when you finish your shower and pat dry the skin.
Aminophylline is another ingredient you may find in any cellulite cream. This is an ingredient that is mainly used to treat asthma, but it also works to remove built-up water in the skin, helping to reduce cellulite. Retinol, or vitamin A, is in most anti-cellulite creams because it gets rid of dead skin cells and promotes collagen production, which can help combat cellulite. Take care not to use too many products with retinol, however, since overuse can cause the skin to peel and dry out. No matter which product you use, be sure to moisturize the skin daily.