Cellulite Treatments - What Works and What Doesn't

Contrary to what the marketers of these hundreds of cellulite treatment creams, lotions, wraps, pills and other procedures will tell you, a sensible diet that's heavy on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and low in sodium and saturated fat will get you started on the road to recovery.

If you combine moderate, regular exercise with that nutritious diet and do exercises that concentrate on the areas where cellulite appears, like walking or biking, you'll be able to bring this unsightly condition under control within a few months (or more, depending on its severity). The use of massage and rollers does not necessarily remedy the underlying cause of cellulite, but they can reduce the appearance of it. Keep in mind, though, that excessive massage on areas that are affected by cellulite can cause breakage in the tiny capillaries under the skin.

In addition to diet, exercise, and massage, incorporate relaxation, breathing, oxygenation, and proper elimination - which are already beneficial to overall health - into your cellulite treatment program.

A body wrap, which sometimes involves a cream that is applied to the affected area and then is wrapped up - usually in cellophane or bandages of some type - may provide results that reduce cellulite by minimizing excess fluids and toxins in the fat cells.

Some women prefer to use cosmetic surgery. Liposuction and other surgeries come with many risks, such as possible infections, embolisms, toxic shock syndrome, and there is a very high risk that your skin will be baggy and even have a honeycomb-like appearance, which will most likely look worse than the original problem.

Other cellulite treatments include Mesotherapy – an injection designed to melt away the fat that persists through exercise and dieting, and Endermologie®, which temporarily reduces the appearance of cellulite after a motorized device which has a massaging and suction action is passed over the skin.

There are a bunch of products on the market today which claim to be cellulite treatments. Many of these do not live up to the hype and since it's not clear which do and don't work, it is very easy to make an expensive mistake. Not to mention, different people will have different results from using different creams.

Creams containing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties are more effective when treating cellulite as they stimulate blood flow. Since the areas which are affected by this problem are usually dry and damaged, they need additional moisture, increased blood supply and protection. It's appearance can be reduced temporarily by increasing moisture to the affected area. Most topical applications on the market are not cellulite treatments, though they do minimize it's appearance by making the skin look plumper and smoother. Unfortunately, this effect is only temporary, and it will require repeated applications to keep the skin looking smooth.

We've discussed topical treatments which alone are ineffective as a cellulite treatment. There are also creams out there which contain herbs, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins which help the skin to become softer, healthier and smoother and allow it to repair itself more easily.

You may benefit from a multi-pronged approach in cellulite treatment, because it's formation is a product of very complex physiological changes that take place in the subcutaneous fat layer. Regular exercise and a well-balanced diet won’t always reverse or prevent its formation, but an unhealthy lifestyle will make the overall appearance of cellulite worse over time because of poor nutrition, weight gain and lack of sufficient water intake.

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