Posted in Beauty, Lifestyle on April 20, 2009

girl-pinching-butt Congratulations! You have decided that you want to try to reduce the amount of cellulite you have. So, what is next? The very best thing you can do is to decrease excess body fat. Do you or your doctor believe you are overweight? Try eating fewer calories and exercising more. Experts agree that the best weapon against cellulite is a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training.


No time for exercise? Happy with just concealing it?
There are a lot of other things a person can do to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Fact: Cellulite tends to be a little bit less noticeable on darker skin We can take advantage of this fact by using a self-tanning product that will make our skins darker.

How about all those therapies people keep on talking about?

Fact: Lumpiness of cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath the skin

What works!

Endermologie developed in France has been used for cellulite treatment since the 1990s. It is approved by the U.S. FDA for temporary reduction of the appearance of cellulite. This technique uses an electrically powered device that suctions, pulls and squeezes the affected area. Though the treatment is not permanent and will require maintenance treatments, it significantly reduces the appearance of cellulite.

Light Therapy, also performed via FDA approved devices, combines suction and massage to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The two light-therapy devices approved by the FDA are TriActive (combines low-level laser treatment with suction and manipulation of the skin and VelaSmooth (combination of laser with massage therapy). These treatments are also non-permanent and will require maintenance treatments.

What isn’t proven!

Dietary supplements with ingredients such as ginkgo biloba, sweet clover, grape-seed, bioflavinoids, fish oil, soy lecithin all claim to have some positive effect on the body by improving circulation and breaking down fats. The breaking down of fats is thought to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Keep in mind that there are no valid clinical studies that support the user of dietary supplements to treat cellulite and dietary supplements are not subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Cellulite diets have been proposed to have a positive effect in the treatment of cellulite. There has been no prove that these diets directly target cellulite. However, by eating healthy can decrease fluid retention and improve the overall health and appearance of the skin.

Wraps offer by many salons that involve herbal or other types of wraps have not been proven to treat or control cellulite. Keep in mind that it is NOT POSSIBLE to “detoxify” the by simply by using herbal or other wraps.

What looks promising!

Collagenase is a naturally-occurring enzyme in the body that breaks down collagen (component of tissue that binds cells together). Small studies of 10 women with cellulite performed in the 2005 suggested that injections of this enzyme may be beneficial in proving the appearance of cellulite. The long term effects are still unknown and further research is underway.

What I personally use!

good-bye-cellulite

All those expensive treatments, questionable supplements. What I use is the “NIVEA body – Good-bye Cellulite” creme.
Like many other creams, they help in the break down of fat stores with chemicals such as aminophylline, caffeine and theophyilline. With the use of NIVEA Good-bye Cellulite cream, I have noticed significant reduction in the appearance of cellulite, especially around my troubled thigh area. The Cellulite did not disappear but it is barely noticeable. I would highly recommend it!