Anti Cellulite Creams
Cellulite is that unsightly orange peel appearance you find on upper legs, thighs, stomachs and upper arms of women. Caused by the inappropriate storage of fat from microvascular damage and increased fluid and lymphatic retention. Almost a right of sisterhood, cellulite treatments and therapies are sought by women around the globe. Open a womens magazine or walk into a spa and youll find anti-cellulite creams that promise to reduce the cottage cheese looking skin that causes distress to so many.
Most anti-cellulite creams have either caffeine or aminophylline (both dehydrating) and retinal or DMAE as special ingredients to help the appearance of cellulite. Anti cellulite creams will claim to improve the appearance of cellulite but cant claim to reduce it or get rid of it because they cant.
In theory the caffeine, or aminophylline, will dehydrate the skin making it tighter and firmer. This will decrease the appearance of the cellulite, at least temporarily. Unfortunately the effect goes away when the user stops applying the anti cellulite cream.
According to a study by Neutrogena, 70% of women claim to have visible cellulite. This number is over 85% if you ask other researchers or physicians. More women than men have the problem because women have risk factors that men do not. These risk factors include having thinner skin and the effect of estrogen and progesterone on the way the fat is stored and cellulite formed.
Some women have gone so far as to use vacuum cleaners on their bodys to help suck the fat cells out, trying to mimic the effects of the machines used in expensive spas, but without success.
Retinol in the anti cellulite creams is supposed to work by penetrating the skin and increasing collagen production, which makes the skin thicker. If the skin is thicker then the dimpling of the fat tissue wont be visible but it wont decrease the fat storage in the subcutaneous tissue, which is the cellulite.
The trouble with this theory is that the exact amount of retinol needed to accomplish this task isnt known and there are no standardized methods of measuring cellulite, so measurement during research is difficult if not impossible.
Up until today there is no scientific proof that the anti cellulite creams work. Doctors recommend that if patients want to try the creams to try the inexpensive ones and use it for eight week. If it hasnt worked by then it probably wont. And at that the effectiveness will disappear when you stop using the cream.
Some physicians recommend that women learn to accept cellulite as a normal part of their bodies but they are probably women who dont have the problem or men!
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