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Another potential remedy that is comparable to dietary supplements in the sense that neither a prescription nor clinical medicine is required is the use of cellulite creams. Such creams can easily be applied at home and are simply applied topically onto the areas affected by cellulite to achieve a better aesthetic appearance in that area.  Creams are available through many secure online websites to be delivered straight to your door, making this a very convenient method for those of you with hectic lifestyles.  This method of reducing cellulite is considered to be cosmetic and not a medical treatment. Therefore the creams are not regulated by any official body such as the Food and Drugs Association (FDA).

What chemicals are in cellulite creams?

Cellulite creams primarily contain chemicals known as methylxanthines as their active ingredients. Although these may sound complex and unnatural, a chemical that is commonly found in coffee, caffeine is a member of this group and is very frequently used in these types of creams.  Having caffeine in a cream will not make your skin feel buzzing and awake like caffeine does to the mind, but it is believed to have metabolic boosting properties. A higher metabolic rate indicates that more fat will be burnt by the body to function so thereby reducing the cellulite issue.

Other active ingredients that are also often used are aminophylline and theophyilline. Aminophylline is actually derived from theophyilline so both have the same function. You may have heard of these chemicals before if you are a suffer of asthma as these are commonly used to help alleviate the problem. Both chemicals are used as muscle relaxants so when applied they perform this role and so help give a smoother appearance to the skin. As well as relaxing muscles these chemicals are also believed to possess fat breakdown properties. Exactly how effective they are at fat breakdown is scientifically unknown but some people who have used cream containing the substances have had positive results. If your creams contains these active ingredients, it is important to keep it away from heat otherwise it will become ineffective.

In addition to active chemicals, cellulite creams may also contain substances similar to those found in many food supplements available at health shops.  These are vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are usually taken orally. However, when in the creams it is suggested they play a vital role in the reduction of cellulite appearance. One such chemical is seaweed extract, also known as bladder wreak.  Another example is alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) which include lactic acid and glycolic acid, and are often found in cellulite creams as well. You will probably have heard of lactic acid before and perhaps even glycolic acid. That is because these two substances are found commonly in fruits such as oranges, apples, grapes and tomatoes as well as in soured milk.  AHAs are believed to act as exfoliating agents which, when applied to the skin, act to remove dead skin from the surface. By removing the outer layer of skin, skin rejuvenation is encouraged which leads to much healthier, thicker skin.

 Skin creams when applied to the skin are not much use if they then make the skin feel dry and flaky afterwards. This is why in many of the anti cellulite creams on the market today, there may be things present in the creams that are designed to make the skin feel smoother and more hydrated. The enhanced appearance of the skin also works to masks the cellulite issue although it does not solve it. Shea butter is often found in such creams due to its property to make the skin feel soft and refreshed.

Do cellulite creams work?

Cellulite creams can be highly useful in cases of low levels of cellulite. People that only suffer a minor distortion to skin appearance due to cellulite are more likely to achieve a positive result following consistent application of the creams. However, if you suffer from moderate to severe cellulite this treatment may not be recommended as the creams do not contain high enough concentrations of the active ingredients to be effective for all cases.

A major drawback of cellulite creams is that even if you do see results from application of the cream, the results will not be long lasting. If you are looking for a quick fix ready for a special event such as a wedding or big night out, then this is the kind of thing for you but for a longer term solution other treatments would be far more effective.  The creams are much more effective if they are applied at night. During the night, our skin is at its most permeable so allows as much of the active ingredients to penetrate the skin as possible.

Another thing to consider is potential side effects that may arise due to the application of the creams. Anti cellulite creams may cause irritation or rashes to some skin types, especially if you are known to already suffer from sensitive skin. As a result it is advised to perform a test patch on a small area of skin, preferably not on the face, before a full application of the cream is used. 

The creams can highly vary in price, being priced anywhere from £15 to nearer £100. It may be the case that you have a try a few different varieties of cellulite cream before you find the mixture best suited to your specific case. Just because one is the most expensive, that may not mean it will be the most effective for your specific problem. The price is still far less in comparison to clinical treatments plus it can easily be applied within the comfort of your own home meaning more time to enjoy the results.

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