Do Anti-Cellulite Creams Work?

J. Beam

Anti-cellulite creams claim to tone the skin thus reducing the appearance of dimpled fat and wrinkles. While certain types of creams are an important part of skin care regimens, the question of whether anti-cellulite creams work or not is difficult to answer. The promises that many anti-wrinkle and anti-cellulite creams make are most often a bit of a stretch and are just carefully worded claims that entice consumers into spending a great deal of money on the products. However, some creams do help keep the skin moisturized, which over time will help prevent wrinkles, if not the appearance of fat.

Anti-cellulite creams can keep skin moisturized, which will reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time.
Anti-cellulite creams can keep skin moisturized, which will reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time.

Many anti-cellulite creams contain dimethylethanolamine, or DMAE. DMAE is an organic compound and has a multitude of uses pharmaceutically, industrially, and cosmetically. Studies as recent as 2007 show that DMAE used in topical products such as anti-cellulite creams causes damage to skin cells. While most experts agree that the risk from this damage is minimal, the studies are not yet conclusive. However, most agree that creams are safer than cosmetic surgery.

Anti-cellulite creams claim to tone the skin.
Anti-cellulite creams claim to tone the skin.

What consumers need to realize is that there is no miracle fat reducer or facelift in a jar. Certain products do help preserve and protect the skin, but no product will restore skin or eliminate fat cells. Wrinkles can be prolonged by avoiding sun damage and applying moisturizer on a regular basis. Moisturizers with an SPF of at least 15 can accomplish both tasks. Drinking plenty of water is another way to help keep skin healthy.

Fat cells can also be avoided in trouble areas such as the thighs, underarms, and buttocks by performing muscle-toning exercises that target those areas. Preventing skin problems is by far more effective than seeking damage control in a bottle. So while anti-cellulite creams do not work miraculously like many people wish they did, creams that contain moisturizing agents and sun protection, whether they are anti-cellulite creams or not, are a good way to preserve the current condition of your skin.

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