A Look at Over the Counter Creams as a Treatment for Cellulite

If you’re like the great majority of people today, then the chances are excellent that you’re dealing with cellulite. It’s also more than a little likely that you’re frustrated by the way it’s so hard to treat effectively. In a nutshell, cellulite is what you get when fat deposits located just beneath the skin’s surface place pressure on the skin’s connective tissue. The netted structure of the connective tissue is what causes some portions of the fat to protrude while other portions do not, resulting in that unsightly orange peel effect we’re all too familiar with.

Because cellulite involves body fat, people expect it to respond to the same solutions that other types of fat deposits respond to, namely diet and exercise. However, while diet and exercise can certainly help improve the appearance of the cellulite by reducing body fat and toning muscle, it can’t eliminate the problem altogether. This is because a given person’s proneness to cellulite has so much more to do with genetics than it does lifestyle.

As is the case with any persistent problem that people would like to be rid of, cellulite is at the center of a billion dollar business. There are hundreds of thousands of products, strategies, and procedures that claim to be able to put an end to your problems with cellulite for good… but the question remains. Do any of them actually work?

How Do Cellulite Creams Treat Cellulite?

Cellulite Creams

One of the most popular solutions out there when it comes to cellulite treatment is without a doubt the trusty cellulite cream and it’s not terribly difficult to see why. Cellulite creams and other over-the-counter cellulite solutions occupy an attractive middle ground between the same diet and exercise solution people have been using for years and more invasive, cost-prohibitive solutions like liposuction or plastic surgery. Creams are relatively affordable on even tight budgets, they’re easy to use, and they’re attractively marketed.

Although the specifics and gimmicks attached to each individual product will certainly vary, all over the counter cellulite products tend to work via the same principles. They all contain caffeine and other similar compounds that help to plump up and smooth the surface of your skin so that your cellulite is less visible. However, none of them are actually capable of removing your cellulite for good. The effect they have on cellulite can certainly be considered effective if it’s mostly the appearance of it that bothers you. However, it’s important to understand that you’ll need to continue to purchase and apply the product regularly to keep it from reappearing.

That said, cellulite creams are best approached from the same angle you’d approach other cosmetics. They’re terrific when it comes to making the most of circumstances and masking imperfections so you can look your best. However, they don’t actually have the power to cure your cellulite or keep it from coming back. Some people will still consider the creams worth it from a cosmetic standpoint… but others may want to seek other solutions to the problem that promise to get to the root of the problem and remove the cellulite for good.

How Should I Go About Choosing a Cellulite Cream?

Once you’ve decided that you’re OK with the fact that cellulite creams are really cosmetics, as opposed to permanent solutions, there is still the question of how to decide which of the many options out there is the right one for you. Cellulite creams tend to be pricey, so it only makes sense that you’ll want to strike a good balance between quality and affordability.

Look for creams that contain active ingredients known to be especially effective at fighting the appearance of cellulite. The following represent good places to start.

Caffeine

As touched on above, caffeine is really very effective when it comes to disguising the look of your cellulite. It works by regulating the moisture levels in the affected skin by plumping it up, making those unsightly lumps and bumps less apparent. It’s also a relatively inexpensive active ingredient.

Retinol

Once you start exploring your options when it comes to cellulite cream, you’ll notice that many of your choices contain retinol. Retinol is a great solution for people that are more prone to the appearance of cellulite due to thin skin, as it helps to thicken it. This in turn hides the fact that there’s cellulite underneath. Retinol also is thought by some beauty experts to help your skin produce more collagen and strengthen connective tissue. This can help reduce your skin’s overall proneness to cellulite in general.

Antioxidants

One of the major contributing factors to cellulite formation is toxic build-up in the body due to poor circulation, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and so forth. For this reason, many cellulite creams contain antioxidants – like Vitamin E or essential amino acids – to help purge the affected skin of toxins. This not only reduces the immediate appearance of cellulite, but it can help strengthen and protect the skin in the future as well.

Before deciding to invest your hard-earned money in a given cellulite cream, it’s always a good idea to do your homework on it first. Make a list of the options that seem the most promising. Visit the product website attached to each and read all of the presented info about the cream – ingredients, warnings, and especially claims the company makes in regards to what the product is supposed to be able to do.

From there, it’s time to scour the web in search of consumer reviews for each product. After all, nothing prepares you for your own future experience with a product quite like the experiences of real people that tried it before you. If one or more of the creams you’re considering really doesn’t live up to its claims (or performs better than expected), you can certainly expect to find reviews out there that reveal this.

At the end of the day, cellulite creams aren’t going to get rid of your cellulite… but they can certainly help you feel a little more confident come bathing suit season. Start exploring your options today!

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