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Cellulite affects 90% of women, of all shapes and sizes. It is the appearance of dimples and bumps in the skin. It occurs when fat cells become too large for the natural fibre compartments which hold the skin and therefore forms uneven layers of fat underneath.
As it is largely a women’s issue cellulite is thought to be caused by an excess of the female hormone estrogen. Many women who have given birth or that are on contraceptive methods are more likely to develop cellulite because the body can not expel the high level of estrogen in the system.
Genetics can play a part in the development of bumpy thighs so take a look at female relatives and that should provide a good idea of how your cellulite could develop. Girls as young as 14-years-old can show signs of cellulite.
Lifestyle choices can also be a major factor in cellulite production. Poor diet and not drinking enough water can cause toxins to get trapped in the fat cells and make them more noticeable under the skin.
Smoking, lack of exercise and crash dieting can also cause cellulite to form, because crash dieting makes the body think it is starving causing it to store saturated fats that help build cellulite.
There is no cure, as yet, for cellulite but there are numerous products that claim to reduce the appearance of cellulite and even get rid of it. The most common products are creams or gels that are massaged into the skin.
Beauty expert Julie Hannah said: “There are so many factors that cause cellulite so you have to think about your whole lifestyle not just rubbing on one cream.”
Mian Shuttleworth, a senior recruiter for a temp agency, tried out Sit Tight by Soap & Glory, which costs £14 from Boots. This product claims to break up cellulite while you are sitting down by using the friction and heat generated by the user to trigger increased movement of the product to the lower body areas. It also contains Detoxyboost which is said to promote healthy circulation when massaged on daily.
She said: “It was good. It moisturised my skin, it feels smoother, not sure about getting thinner legs though. I did feel a heated sensation for ten minutes after I put it on so I suppose it was doing something.
“I do feel firmer, but I still have cellulite left.” Mian added.
L’oreal have released a range called Body Expertise, from which Helen Dempsey tried their Perfect Slim Day and Night creams, which are £9.99 and £10.99 respectively from Superdrug.The idea behind this is that you can fight cellulite 24 hours a day.
Perfect Slim Night contains a draining complex and has been especially formulated for a night-time application, when the body is less active. It stimulates the body's natural drainage to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
She said: “The texture and feel of my skin are definitely much better I’ve always got dry skin so it’s definitely helped that… I would say the night cream probably worked the most as it was thicker and left a film on the skin.
“The cellulite is still there but I really like the product and I’m going to continue to use it.”
Brydon Forsyth, who works in a busy retail store, is constantly on her feet so she tried Lierac Paris Morpho Slim, which costs £21.99 from pharmacy2u.com, once a day on her legs. This product is an anti-cellulite concentrate which contains Lipo-Reverse, a combination of concentrated caffeine and glaucine complex, which claims to reduce the appearance of cellulite in just 15 days.
She said: “I didn’t notice any real difference, my legs do feel softer but there was no dramatic cellulite lost as yet.”
Julie also brought in Scala Slimming Shaper Bermuda Shorts, in Nude from John Lewis for £30. These shorts claim to have a dual purpose by first slimming and toning the figure whilst combating cellulite at the same time. They have active microcrystal built in to the material that absorb body heat and stimulate blood flood to the skin in order to reduce cellulite.
Julie said: “If you wear them for six hours a day for a month they say it will help improve the appearance of cellulite.”
The other products Julie thought were worth while trying were the Rodial Skinny Beach SPF15 suntan lotion and the Dry Skin brush available from Superdrug.
She said: “Every morning start from your feet up, brush towards your heart, it increases the circulation in your lymphatic system and really improves the surface of the skin.”