When it comes to something like finding the best anti cellulite treatments it gets even harder - each product makes claims and offers solutions, some of which are quite outrageous.
Most anti cellulite products are creams that offer different ingredients, different prices, different packaging.The key to understanding what makes the best anti cellulite treatments is to understand what creams can and cannot do, and what goes into these different products.
If you are looking for a quick fix to improve the appearance of bumpy skin around your bum and thighs, then cellulite treatments as creams may be a good option. If, however, your goal is to rid your rear end of its lumps and bumps forever, then even the creams won't help you - you will have to look at making changes to your diet and exercise regime.
Most of these products are expensive - up to three or four times the price of a regular moisturiser - so you must to use them in a way that will be most effective. That means applying them at night when the skin is more permeable and any active ingredients are more likely to be drawn in.
So what is in these magic potions?
Most products contain aminophylline, a derivative of theophylline, which is used to relax certain types of muscles. The theory is that this increases the break down of fat cells, although research suggests that this is unlikely as the aminophylline does not enter the bloodstream, and therefore cannot break down fat cells.
Vitamin A derivatives are often used for wrinkle treatment. Retinoid can reduce the wrinkles and roughness of skin by increasing the thickness of the epidermis and circulation to the skin. Use at night time as retinol is destroyed by exposure to light.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs):
Found in plants and certain fruits, AHAs work as exfoliators, helping to remove the superficial layer of dead cells - essentially thinning the outer layer of the skin.
Caffeine is sometimes used in these products although there is no research indicating that caffeine has any role to play in getting rid of bumpy skin.