Is There a Cure for Cellulite?

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Cellulite: It's a problem for many if not most women. While you might think that it only affects you, you're entirely wrong; it is said that 85% of women have some cellulite. You can be old, young, fat, or thin and still have cellulite. That said, we know that cellulite is something that people want to avoid at all costs.  

Cellulite happens when the network of connective tissue strands, that are under your skin, isn't strong enough and fat begins to bulge through. This creates the ripples or cellulite that we see on the surface of our skin. Men are less likely to have cellulite than women since the connective tissue in women's skin is not as tight. Hormonal changes, the color and thickness of your skin, and dehydration can all influence how visible your cellulite is and how much you have.

Anti-Cellulite Treatment Options

There are many cellulite treatments available from in-office procedures to creams, massagers, and scrubs. The number of options, not to mention all the promises made by the manufacturers, is enough to confuse anyone looking for a way to treat their cellulite.  

  • Professional treatments: There are lots of different and expensive treatments available that are done at medical spas that claim to get rid of cellulite. These treatments vary with the method used. Treatments include Cellulaze, Zwave, Vanquish, VelaSmooth, and endermologie. These treatments are usually quite pricey and results vary greatly.  
  • Anti-cellulite creams: These creams generally contain caffeine which temporarily tightens and smooths the skin. Some products contain Vitamin A derivatives which will help thicken the skin over time, making the cellulite less noticeable. Try Vichy CelluDestock Intensive Smoothing Treatment Body Lotion Gel with Caffeine for Hips and Thighs or Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream - Cellulite Cream with Caffeine, Retinol, and Seaweed. Creams are not a cure for cellulite but over time may lessen the cellulite. At the very least creams make cellulite appear less noticeable.
  • Body scrubs: Coffee scrubs are a popular choice for people looking for a quick and easy way to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Just creams that contain caffeine and scrubs that contain caffeine can increase circulation to the area with the cellulite and temporarily reduce the look of the cellulite. You can make your own scrub or buy one like First Botany Cosmeceuticals 100% Natural Arabica Coffee Scrub.

Cellulite Massagers

Certain types of massage, especially a type called myofascial massage or a deep tissue massage may help break-up fat deposits under the skin and smooth the look of cellulite. This is the idea behind using a cellulite massager at home as well.

Invest in a cellulite massager. This is a rubber massager with differently shaped knobs that you'll rub onto your skin. What you'll want to do is to apply a massage oil or if you'd like, a specific cellulite removal lotion, but it's not necessary. Apply the oil on your problem areas and then massage with the massager for a good 5 minutes. Using this type of a massager will stimulate circulation deep under your skin and break down the cellulite bit by bit. It's not a quick fix, and it's not something that you can do for a month and quit. If you do this on a regular basis, you will see a reduction in your cellulite.

Bottom Line

Try as many or as few of the anti-cellulite treatments as you like, but in the end, one of the best ways to disguise cellulite is one of the easier (and less expensive) ways: Use a self-tanner. The day before you go to the beach apply your self-tanner. Your cellulite is much less noticeable, and you will feel much more confident in your bathing suit.