Can we really diminish our cellulite?

Posted on June 23rd, 2010 by Michelle

I once heard a woman’s legs referred to as “getaway sticks,” which was quite charming in a 1930s or ’40s film noire sort of way. In 2010, it might simply mean get away from the gams we’ve been hiding all winter.  Shaving them and tanning them is easy enough, but what about the high-thigh cellulite?  Lumpy, dimpled, and “cottage cheese” skin looks bad even after a bit of sun.

Cellulite is inconsistent fat deposits under the skin and it afflicts 80-90 percent of the post-pubescent female population.  With a target demographic that size, it’s no surprise that the market is loaded with creams and supplements that claim to reduce its appearance.

Note the use of the word “appearance” in the description of nearly every cellulite product out there.  The trouble is that you can’t actually get rid of it. You can reduce it, or maybe make your skin look smoother and hide it, but it will keep coming back.

That is probably why there’s no clear cut answer on whether or not these creams really work.  There is no “proven” independent clinical evidence that they do, and yet, as cited in this WebMD video, it’s a billion-dollar business.

In a recent slideshow review at dedicated to cellulite diminishers, the major “con” about the products that deal with rippled skin is the work – having to use a product a couple of times a day for effective results.  Several of the reviewers attribute a lack of effectiveness to not using the product “as directed.”  Many, however, did, and were also happy with the results. It generally takes 2-4 weeks, so if you’re up for the commitment, here are some products to consider.

Bliss fatgirlsleep ($38/6 oz) – a cream that you apply before bed, this won high ratings from users, many of whom didn’t bother using it with its sister product, Fat Girl Slim. Many reviewers said its lavender scent helped them sleep, too.

You may not have heard of Oligo.DX from DS Laboratories ($38.50, 5.1 fl oz), but it’s one of the highest rated products we found, earning top marks at both the and and from bloggers everywhere.

At the high end of the spectrum, Murad offers a cellulite solution that includes Firm and Tone Serum, Firm and Tone Dietary Supplement and Body Firming Cream ($214.50/4 week supply).  The pictures on the Murad website show some results over a 12-week period – that’s over $600.  The dietary supplement includes seven (!) pills to take in the morning and six (!!) to take at night, all chock full of vitamins, antioxidants and so on. Of course you can also try the serum ($77/6.75 fl oz) or supplements ($137.50) alone. People who reviewed it also reported smoother skin in general and healthier hair.

Among the mass market products, Nivea offers a serum/supplement combo ($18.99) that involves taking just one pill a day. You can also get Nivea’s Goodbye Cellulite line also includes the gel-cream alone ($12.99/6.7 fl oz), patches that release L-Carnitine into the skin ($12.99/6), and a fast-acting serum ($15.99/2.5 fl oz), which is suggested to be used with the gel-cream.

And Avon still offers an anti-cellulite product: a.m./p.m. Body Lipo 24 ($19.50/6.8 fl. oz. total), but only 9 of 43 users who reviewed it online recommend this product. Maybe it wasn’t just me.

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