Monday, 9 March 2015

Beauty Myths No.13 - Cellulite Creams

Not one of these women look tortured by having cellulite.

Fact: Cellulite is not caused by trapped 'toxins'. Is anyone else sick of that word? If we were as 'toxic' as some parts of the industry would have us believe we'd all be dead. A long time ago.

Fact: Cellulite is caused when your underlying fat cells start to push through connective tissue. Connective tissue is weakened by a mixture of things - including hormones, lack of exercise, poor muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation.

Fact: 90% of women get cellulite compared to 10% of men. They have stronger connective tissue. They still have fat underneath it, it's just not as easy for it to escape. How rude.

Fact: It gets worse for women as we age. Lack of oestrogen makes it worse.

Fact: It's in your genes. Look at your Mum and Grandmother. If they have it....

Fact: Some fillers and injectables can help - albeit temporarily - and it only really works on very slim people who have the odd 'dent' rather than full blown cellulite legs. Think models before catwalk shows/big shoots.

Fact: Lasers, massage (specific for this problem) and radio frequency treatments can help but again it will only be temporary. And it takes a ton of sessions. Personally, I think your time would be better spent at the gym/walking for an hour rather than lying flat out letting someone pound the area in vain...

Fact: Liposuction does nothing. It's like removing a bit of stuffing from a pillow. Leaves an indentation, doesn't magically spread the fat around nice and neatly.

Fact: Water helps. Eating veg that are water-heavy and drinking a lot of water throughout the day every day, helps. It doesn't fix it, it can help.

Fact: Smoking makes it worse. It weakens connective tissue (collagen). See first point.

Fact: There is not one cellulite cream on the market that gets rid of cellulite. Not one. Either by prescription or over the counter, it makes no difference.
They may make your skin feel softer and smoother, but they aren't shifting the fat. 


Eat well, move around more, drink plenty of water, take care of your health in general. And even after you've done all that, your genes may well just insist that you keep your cellulite. 
Save your money. 










41 comments:

  1. thank you for confirming what i'd already suspected. i assume the same thing applies to wonder creams that claim to 'lift' various parts of your body like the butt or bust? i never understood how people were fooled by such claims. topical creams can't fight against gravity.

    however i've been interested in the cellu cup (https://www.birchbox.com/shop/cellu-cup-silicon) that claims to allow salon quality anti cellulite massage right at home. i've read many rave reviews about it that claim it really does have an effect, albeit temporarily and with a risk in certain people of broken capilaries, etc (though apparently the same goes for professional treatments). do you think it's worth the (relatively small, compared to salon price) investment?

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  2. Love this! I've never bought into the whole cellulite creams, cures and potions. I'd never waste my money so I guess I'll just have to #embracemydimples 😉

    http://www.thebeautybloss.com

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  3. I've recently started training with a trainer who really concentrates on leg work - a wide and varied series of squats and lunges and I have to say I completely see improvement in the cellulite on my thighs. Having tried a variety of scrubs, rubs and potions over the years that did not work at all I can say that exercise that targets the specific area is definitely the way to go.

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    1. That is so kind of you share that because it gives people like me hope. I think a lot of people fear that it is a downward spiral and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.
      Thank you for spreading hope. :)

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  4. Thank you for this! I'm a fairly slim girl in my 20s but suffer with terrible cellulite! The worst I've ever seen in real life. I've been stuck wearing knee length dresses since my teens and hate it. I've never been sucked in by the hype around 'miracle' creams and always doubted their claims, but part of me did always think what if they would work? I'm pleased I read your post though and I accept it's just a part of me and I have to live with it. There's worse things to have I guess! x

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  5. I remember a few years ago when my mind was all a bit of a mess to say the least, I kept spending money every few weeks on this Nivea anti-cellulite gel that did nothing, though for some reason I was convinced it would help! Fool.
    I think you've said it all otherwise, *applauds*

    She's So Lucy

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  6. What about stretch marks? (*is annoying* *slinks away*)

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    1. I'm actually interested in this as well. Is there anything that can help with stretch marks? I'm not naive enough to believe that something would be a miracle product and make them disappear, but surely there is something that could at least minimize their appearance?

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    2. Stretch marks are scars. You can improve the appearance with laser therapy, but you can't get rid of them.

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  7. If Cellulite Creams worked they would use them on premature babies, surely?

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  8. It's a shame there is no miracle product, but great advice and thanks for saving the coins in my purse!

    http://katsbeautytales.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Awww...all my life I thought that drinking lots of water can flush out cellulite. I guess I was wrong so that is why I never lose them at all :)

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  10. Oh the cellulite issue. My coworker, who is model thin, moans about her cellulite and how if she could just loose the (nonexistent I swear) fat it would magically go away. I've tried, and TRIED and OMG TRIED to explain that cellulite is completely a structural issue and has nothing to do with the amount of fat she has, but I'm afraid it falls on deaf ears. Meanwhile, I who falls more into the overweight category, have very little. Because genes.

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    1. Just because your coworker is slim doesn't mean she has a healthy body composition. There is a good chance she's overeat despite her small frame and could reduce, though not likely totally eliminate, the cellulite through good diet and exercise. I'm slim as well and when I started eating better and exercising more, I only lost five pounds but I gained muscle and my cellulite is almost gone now.

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    2. I love stories like this gives me encouragement that i can do something about it that includes eating healthy and working out. It definitely feels like an uphill battle but knowing that someone has done it better than knowing none. :)

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  11. Unfortunately genetics play a huge part. I've seen perfectly thin and fit women with horrible cellulite.

    Danielle
    http://beautyandbourbon.co

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  12. God, I hate that companies are allowed to market these at all. If most women have it, it's normal. Might not be the prettiest thing ever but almost all of us have it! Why is it such a big deal then? I'm no exception, I wish my legs were smooth but they haven't been since I was 16. But AS IF I will spend money on something useless. Now, my face is a different matter. Skincare actually helps there. THIS should not even be legal. They're lying to our faces in the worst way.

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  13. Love this, (hate cellulite obviously) but love the honesty, thank you!

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  14. I didnt have any till i had my twin girls i didnt vet and stretch marks but my thighs are covered in cellulite and am so embrassed about them i used to have a figure i was happy with so my scarred face didnt seem so bad now i have both and I cant stand to have my photo taken. I even hate my wedding photos because my acne scars look so awful in side shot pics. Great article even of it did make me a little sad x

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  15. Hi Caroline, I know this isn't cellulite related so I apologise but Im about to start using products with retinol in- ole oil, retinol exfoliating toner etc but I also take oxytetracycline for my skin and it increases sensitivity to sunlight like retinol does. Is it ok to use retinol/vitamin a skincare whilst orally taking oxytetracycline at the same time? Will anything bad happen? Thank you and apologies.

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  16. My cellulite almost completely disappeared in the months I was training for a half marathon last year (never did any running before). I still run, but not to the extent I was training a year ago and it's gradually come back but Im just happy that my 45 year old legs managed to carry me around 13.5 miles around Birmingham and I'm not paranoid about it. You may as well worry about the fact that your boobs aren't as perky as they were when you were 19 - I think it's time and a bit of gravity and loss of skin elasticity at work x

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  17. Thanks for your Beauty Myths -- they are helpful and amusing at the same time (even when disappointing). Is there any chance of getting a quick link either on the top bar or in your right side short cuts. It would make it easier to find them when trying to convince others of some of these myths.

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  18. Loooove your beauty myths, Caroline! Yeah, pity we can't get rid of cellulite, obviously, but again, like in so many instances, the real problem lies in the perfectly photoshopped/ filtered cellulite/ wrinkle/ scar/ spot free images that are shoved down our throats day in day out. No matter how smart you are or how many times you tell yourself that the images are a lie, they still have a hold on some part of your (admittedly distorted) perception...

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  19. All mums and future mums could be happy that their collagen fibers are arranged in parallel, because that helps the tissue to strecht during pregnancy. Otherwise stretch marks would propably be the least of the problems. *mindcinema á la South Park*

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  20. It's amazing how we are told that only fat people have cellulite! I'm overweight and I have very little. I have friends that are thin as rails who have quite a lot! So much of it is genetic!

    We get these photoshopped and sanitized images shown to us daily of poreless, lineless, spotless, and cellulite free women. Very few of them look that way in real life!

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  21. I might be imagining it, but I really think yoga and ballet barre type exercises have helped to improve the appearance of the backs of my thighs. I'm crediting the focus on accessory muscles in these types of workouts for the benefit. It's like the girdle effect with a strong core, everything seems to be pulled a little tighter and therefore appear smoother.

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  22. Hi Caroline,
    Just love the way you don't beat about the bush, thank you, all clear now :)

    Lulu xx

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  23. I worship you! <3 this is the post everyone should read!

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  24. Not so sure cream doesn't work as lymphatic massage can really improve. But the moisturising cream are just enough. Imo.

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  25. What a great post. You're a marvel.

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  26. Greetings All - Did anyone read in the Daily Fail ( I mean Mail - its a guilty pleasure what can i say) the article about the lady who decided to see the effective of not cleansing her face? This young lady ultimately concluded her own self study with what she called 'successful' results and vowed to change the way she cleansed going forward. Thoughts?

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  27. I too have to admit that i have tried numerous things to get rid of it. And slowly I am starting to be alright with it. It is not too bad and I see a lot of women around me that have it as well. I guess we see so many images in magazines and online that our perception of what is accepted and what not has changed.

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  28. Working out helps a lot. Especially if you do weight training. I workout at home, with ankle weights and such and it makes a world of difference.

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  29. Thank you. I love you Caroline!

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  30. Weight training makes a huge difference! Also, think circulation -so avoid wearing tights. Sleep without knickers :) /Eva

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  31. weights > cardio every time! oh and Bret Contreras and his booty protocol has made a HUGE difference to my backside and cellulite! hip thrusts all the way ...

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  32. Dry body brushing. Every day. 2 minutes. Cellulite dramatically reduces over 6 months. I swear by it x

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    1. How do you make it? A friend just gave me a wooden brush used in a chinese technique to help blood circulation but it leaves bruises on the body.. Thanks

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