Wouldn’t it be nice if our medicine cabinets were lined with fancy bottles that contained creams that could effortlessly transform our bodies into the figure we’d like to have – athletic for an afternoon game of beach volleyball, super model for your high school reunion, Victoria’s Secret girl for your anniversary cruise? Actually, we’re closer than you think – sort of. Shape defining and cellulite vanishing creams are everywhere, and some of them work. Many don’t do much more than drain your wallet, but there are a few who have managed to make the miracle happen. The results aren’t permanent…yet, and no cream can hide 20 pounds for you, but there are visible improvements to your skins surface after an average of 4 weeks.
These magic creams work by utilizing the same means we do to jumpstart anything – caffeine. It is an antioxidant that is extracted from natural green and white teas in many products and acts as a stimulant to help the skin breakdown fat cells. Another key ingredient is protein and peptide rich anise extract. This spurs collagen production to help firm the skin and improve texture.
Moisturizing is also a very crucial aspect of shape defining creams. Skin that is totally moisturized tends to be plumper, which is the ultimate goal of the cream – to give skin a smoother surface. Combining ultra-moisturizers and stimulants like caffeine and anise actually does decrease the look of cellulite dimples and tighten the surface of the skin.
Even when you begin to see results like less cellulite and improved texture, your skinny jeans will still not fit any better. In fact, you may find that they are even tighter because the skin is “plumped” to reduce the appearance of cellulite, especially when using creams that have the tingle factor. It’s almost a burning sensation, and often results in slight swelling.
The majority of these shape defining products work by stimulating cell circulation, melting fat, and moving fluid and toxins out. Cellulite busting products that are worth their price tag are able to penetrate into the cells to achieve a good effect. They are also able to pull fluids out of the spaces between cells and induce lipolysis – fat burning in the layer just below the skin’s surface. In fact, in a recent study published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery, researchers found that certain cellulite creams reduced fat cells in skin, with visible results in a few weeks.
You can expect to see results from reputable creams, but cellulite will quickly reappear when you discontinue use. Considering how hard it is to get rid of cellulite by diet and exercise – some super models can’t even lose it completely – and how expensive and painful and often unsuccessful surgeries like liposuction are, these creams are a welcome solution even if they require a life-long commitment.