Well, yes and no. If you are looking for an emergency quick fix approach to improve the appearance of cellulite prone areas, a cellulite cream can be a good option. If, on the other hand, you are hoping to rid your behind of its lumps and bumps forever, then you might want to change your diet and exercise regime.
Unfortunately, while the number of products is increasing, the research regarding their efficiency remains at a bare minimum. The application of these creams doesn’t actually cure cellulite but temporarily plumps up the skin for a few hours creating a smoother texture. As soon as you stop using them the cellulite reappears.
Cellulite creams are usually quite expensive and sometimes three to four times the price of a regular moisturiser. If you want to get the best results from your cellulite cream, it is usually best to apply the cream at night when the skin is more permeable and any active ingredients are more likely to be drawn in. Be aware that not all cellulite creams are regulated by advisory boards that control production of drugs and creams, so the promises they make on the packaging aren't always based on fact.
To help you choose your anti-cellulite cream or lotion, here are a few buzz words and key ingredients the industry is currently using:
Most cellulite creams contain aminophylline, a derivative of the active ingredient theophylline which is used to relax certain types of muscles. It is best known for its use as an asthma medication where it is taken to relax the lungs.
The basis behind these creams in terms of cellulite treatment is that they are said to increase the break down of fat cells. However, a recent study by the International Journal of Obesity proved that aminophylline cream does not enter the bloodstream, and therefore cannot break down fat cells. Despite this two more studies have reported some reduction in the appearance of patients' cellulite after treatment with aminophylline cream.
At the moment it appears there needs to be more vigorous testing and trials on this cream to investigate its effectiveness. In the meantime, if you do purchase a cream containing aminophylline, keep it away from heat and use it quickly.
These are vitamin A derivatives and often used in wrinkle treatment creams. In concentrations of 0.01 to 0.1 per cent, retinoid cream reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles and roughness of facial skin by improving the thickness of the epidermis and circulation to the skin. At this stage no large-scale studies have been undertaken to test its capabilities in fighting cellulite. If you are using a retinol-based cream it is important to only apply it at night time as retinol is destroyed by exposure to light.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Lactic acid and Glycolic acid are found in plants and certain foods like citrus fruits, apples, grapes, tomatoes, apricots and sour milk. In lower concentrations, AHAs act as exfoliators, accelerating the removal of the superficial layer of dead cells, increasing the cell turnover rate, and essentially thinning the outer layer of the skin. At this time no studies have been published on AHAs as an effective treatment for cellulite.
Caffeine is also used as an ingredient in cellulite creams. There is currently no independent research showing that caffeine is successful in getting rid of cellulite, nor is there any research pointing to how much caffeine is needed to produce results.