Most women don’t see any significant results from the use of anti-cellulite creams
Millions of women buy creams against cellulite, only to be disappointed a few weeks later after not seeing their cellulite significantly reduced. Almost every woman has tried an anti-cellulite cream at least once, and many women do try them every year, despite most of them not working, in the hope that the new revolutionary cream being marketed on TV “will work this time”. On the other hand there is a large number of women who are skeptical or even cynical about cellulite creams, and never buy them believing that these creams don’t work because they don’t get absorbed, or for several other reasons.
It is true that most cellulite creams don’t work…
…despite the multi-million pound marketing efforts of multi-national corporation that try to convince us otherwise. So the question is why cellulite creams don’t work?
In fact, there are two main reasons why cellulite creams don’t work and both reasons are of equal importance:
- You don’t work
- The cellulite cream doesn’t work
You do not use it enough (quantity and frequency of usage)
Before you start dismissing this reason as nonsense please read what I have to say first. During the last 10 years I have seen more than 1,000 women with cellulite and believe me I do know a lot about the patterns of cellulite cream usage.
A cellulite cream needs to be applied every single day, two to three times a day (minimum once a day) in order for it to work. Using the cream once every other day or once in three days won’t give any results. It is really amazing how many women use their cream whenever they remember and then complain that nothing happens. At my clinic I used to offer our cellulite cream at cost price (half price) in order to encourage my clients to use a lot of the cream, every single day, so that they derive maximum results from their treatment. And I was amazed of how little cream they used and how they tried to save money, despite the cream costing them very little in comparison to any other cream on the market. This just doesn’t make sense. When you buy a cellulite cream you buy it to use it, not to hoard it – otherwise just don’t buy it. The more you use it the more it will work, whilst the more it stays on the shelf the more you will complain that it doesn’t work. So my advice is:
- Use a quality cellulite cream 2-3 times a day, especially immediately before and after serious exercise that increases your heart and breathing rate (not Hatha Yoga or light Pilates), for maximum results.
- Use enough quantity. You can increase the absorption of the cream by massaging it vigorously into your skin. This will allow you to use more quantity and thereby get better results. On the other hand if you would rather save money, then don’t bother buying a cream in the first place…
- Have a body wrap by applying a generous quantity of cream and then covering your legs with some cling film (kitchen wrap). You can leave the wrap on for a minimum of thirty minutes and a maximum of three hours for maximum results.
You do not use it long enough (i.e. you expect results in two weeks)
If you suffer from a lot of water retention, a good cellulite cream may indeed offer you some (temporary) results in two weeks, but for maximum results you should use the cream for at least one month, and ideally for three months. This is because fat takes much more time to be removed from your body than water, whose levels can fluctuate significantly from day to day and can be more easily manipulated. In addition, skin looseness, another important aspect of cellulite, takes time to be reduced, and results are not to be expected in less than a month, with a 3-month outlook being much more realistic.
Even if you want long-term results with water retention, you must still use the cream for a protracted period of time. This is because it is easier to temporarily reduce water levels in the tissues in a few days, but tackling the real causes of water retention will take as much time as it takes to reduce fat levels – and this time is counted in weeks and months, not in days. So my advice is, if you are really interested in reducing your cellulite, you must have a long-term outlook (three months of continued use is ideal), not a short-sighted, quick-fix approach.
You expect it to do all the work for you (i.e. you do not exercise or diet enough whilst using the cream)
Cellulite creams do not contain magical chemicals that “literally melt away your cellulite before your very eyes whilst you wait”, as some internet ads and TV infomercials try to convince you – your active participation is needed. Otherwise cellulite would simply not exist today and there would be no need for this article.
Good cellulite creams contain active ingredients that stimulate circulation, boost collagen cell output and/or encourage your fat cells to release fat out of their membrane. This fat is then absorbed by your blood vessels and reaches the general circulation and organs (including muscles) where it has the opportunity to be burned for energy (oxidised, more correctly), if you happen to follow a good diet and exercise regime. If the fat does not get burned for energy, because you do not exercise or diet enough, it will end up back into your fat cells, where it will have to be re-released again some other time, possibly due to the action of the cellulite cream etc. etc., with nothing happening in the end.
So my advice of using the cream immediately before and after a serious exercise session still applies (exercise three to five times a week for best results). In addition you have to make sure that you adopt a healthy diet rich in fresh vegetables, berry fruits and oily fish and poor on sugar, saturated fat, fried food, alcohol and starchy foods.
You expect the cellulite cream to perform miracles (unrealistic expectations)
A quality cellulite cream will offer you much better value than any cellulite treatment can even offer. As a rough estimate, we can say that it is at least three times cheaper to achieve roughly the same results with the use of a good cellulite cream (combined with exercise and diet) than with a good cellulite treatment (again, combined with exercise and diet). Of course, there are some things that a cream can not do as well as a treatment can (such as skin firming), but the cream cost is significantly lower. In addition, the cellulite treatment will offer you results in typically half the time it takes a cream to offer the same results. Therefore, the combination of a good cream and a good treatment will offer the best results, in the minimum amount of time. If you cannot afford a professional cellulite treatment, regular self-massage will also accelerate the results of the cream use.
In any case, even the best treatments and creams have limitations. Cellulite, if established for many years or if it is advanced, can not be eliminated from the body, it can only be reduced. This is because permanent changes take place in your subcutaneous connective tissue that cannot be reversed with any treatment, diet or cream. So in most cases, cellulite can be significantly reduced, but cannot be eliminated, and if you expect the latter to happen you will unfortunately be disappointed. Sometimes it is nor that you don’t do things right, neither that the cream doesn’t work, it is that you have unrealistic expectations, probably triggered by the retouched pictures of celebrities in glossy magazines. The truth is that 90% of women do have cellulite (including the majority of celebrities), so the argument is not if you have it but how much you have of it, and the struggle is not about getting rid of it, but reducing it.
Dr Rachel Chew’s Remedy for Cellulite:
Mesotherapy is one of the breakthroughs in fat reduction. It aims to eliminate the appearance of cellulites and increase blood flow in a “specific” area. Sounds interesting right? So what does it mean. Say you want to get rid of your love handles, or the fat on your thighs, these areas are being dealt on directly by the mesotherapy. You wouldn’t be able to get rid of these areas fast and precisely with exercise and dieting alone. And since it is a non-surgical technique with less complications, then it is a wise bet against liposuction.
- Non-Invasive Procedure
- No general anesthesia
- Treats cellulite directly resulting in a smoother skin
- Removes fat from the cells and subsequent weight gain is symmetrical.
- Little bruising and pain.
- Loose clothing afterwards
- No down time.
- Invasive surgery
- Requires general anesthesia
- Cannot treat cellulite directly
- Removes fat cells and subsequent weight gain can occur in abnormal places.
- Significant bruising and pain.
- Restrictive garments for weeks
- Requires 2 Weeks of down time.
Mesotherapy reduces cellulite in the following ways:
- Dissolving excess of fat deposit
- Improving blood flow to the area
- Removing fibrotic, hardened connective tissue
- Improving lymphatic drainage
Basically, it is done by applying series of injections of mixture of medications and vitamins on the problematic areas. It has substances that stimulates the body to burn up the fat efficiently. It is usually done on several sessions depending on your physician’s assessment of the problematic area. Majority of the patients notice immediate results losing 1-2 inches. While some, the results are slower but still noticeable.
So if you want to have that FHM-worthy body or just want to maintain your shape, you can drop your enquiry here. You might want to take it a try. There’s nothing to lose– only your fats! :D