Cellulite can be frustrating, especially if you’ve never experienced before. It’s best to act quickly in order to control cellulite in order to make sure it doesn’t get worse. The best way to do that is with a natural cream. Read below to learn more about cellulite and to read our reviews of the top cellulite creams available for sale.
Cellulite is the unsightly bulging found around the thighs and hips. It’s estimated that between 80 and 90% of women experience cellulite. Contrary to popular belief, cellulite is not simply excess fat that has accumulated. This is why it affects 80 to 90% of women overall, regardless of whether or not they’re considered overweight. To understand why we want to use anti-cellulite cream and how to pick the best cream, we want to first understand two things: one, exactly what cellulite is and what it means for the body. Two, what the cream is going to do to fix the appearance of cellulite.
Beneath the epidermal layer, the human body has a layer of fatty tissue. This fatty tissue serves a couple of different purposes. It serves as a sort of natural cushioning to keep the body from being damaged, it helps to regulate the temperature of the body, and it serves as a backup supply for nutrients.
In the hypodermic layer of the skin, there are chambers of fat which are supported by connective tissue. If this connective tissue gets too weak, the chambers will collapse, causing the skin to tighten over the collapsed chambers. This causes the skin to take on a bulgy appearance— it becomes cellulite.
Unfortunately once cellulite has formed, it’s going to remain. Because it’s not an excess of anything, there’s nothing that can really be taken to ‘reduce’ cellulite, meaning it has to be dealt with in other ways. Proper diet and exercise are the most commonly proscribed treatments but when dealing with cellulite, a little more is necessary— hence the need for anti-cellulite cream.
Knowing all this, what are we looking for in an anti-cellulite cream? There are three big things. One, you want ingredients that are going to promote good circulation. As mentioned above, cellulite is the result of weak connective tissue. Good circulation (combined with a proper diet) will help nutrients get to the connective tissue, therefore strengthening it and preventing further chambers from collapsing (thus preventing cellulite to worsen).
You also want to look for something with skin-tightening qualities. This is because the skin has tightened over the collapsed chambers and taken on their appearance. You don’t want the skin looking like collapsed chambers– you want it looking smooth and flat. So an anti-cellulite cream with skin tightening properties will help the skin’s appearance and make it smoother.
Finally, you want something with collagen-producing qualities. What is collagen? It’s the primary protein involved in the health and development of connective tissue. Producing more collagen means you’re going to have stronger tissue, meaning fewer chambers will collapse, and the cellulite won’t worsen.
And of course, we want to go the natural route. It seems foolish to treat cellulite while at the same time introducing the body to harsh chemicals. You would be replacing one problem with another. We’re interested in curing, not replacing.
There are two brands on the market that stand above the rest. They are both all natural and highly effective. Here are the two natural brands that we recommend:
1. Pure Body Naturals
One of the best brands currently available is Pure Body Naturals Hot Cream. Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients to see how they help in reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Juniper and Sweet Basil. These two ingredients have anti-rheumatic properties, which is another term for ‘promotes good circulation’. Improved circulation means that more nutrients will be able to reach connective tissue.
Rosemary and Cinnamon Oil. Rosemary is an antioxidant, which will strengthen capillaries. Capillaries are thin blood vessels that deliver nutrients around the body. The stronger the capillaries, the more nutrients can reach the cellulite-area, meaning the connective tissue will grow stronger. Cinnamon oil promotes collagen production, which will strengthen the connective tissue.
Pure Body Naturals also contains a couple of other ingredients that not only help to treat cellulite, but promote good skin health, making the cream a two-for-one. For example, it includes Vitamin E. This is a common ingredient in skin creams across the board, but arguably its best quality is that it helps to neutralize free radicals. It also contains spearmint, which offers all of the benefits of mint – the sole difference being that spearmint is a bit gentler than mint, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin.
2. Body Merry
Another great brand is Body Merry’s Cellulite Defense cream. While they do list the ingredients of the cream, they’re pretty secretive about the specifics of the formula, so we’re just going to go over the general benefits of the ingredients.
The big ingredient in Body Merry is seaweed. Seaweed scrubs have long been used to treat the appearance of cellulite, making it a great addition to cream. Seaweed is loaded with iodine. And when introduced to the body, iodine promotes thyroid health, and good thyroid health leads to skin rejuvenation. Additionally, seaweed has anti-inflammatory qualities and draws waste products from the skin, making this cream another two-for-one.
The other ingredients in Body Merry are retinol, caffeine, and cayenne. Retinol helps to strengthen the skin, which will help to even out the appearance of cellulite. Caffeine tightens the skin and works especially well with retinol.
Cayenne is the final ingredient, and there are few ailments that cayenne is unable to help treat. It’s pretty much a miracle substance and going over the ways cayenne can benefit your body would be an article in itself. In terms of cellulite treatment, cayenne heats up the body when applied to the skin which causes increased blood flow. More blood flow means stronger connective tissue.
Cellulite is, in most cases, a natural part of aging that affects around 90% of women. Many women consider it unsightly and, unfortunately, there’s no way to ‘fix’ cellulite— once the body has undergone the process leading to cellulite, it’s largely irreversible. On the bright side, cellulite doesn’t necessarily mean the end of bathing suit days. Products like Pure Body Naturals and Body Merry mean that while cellulite may be an issue, it’s one that can be treated safely, effectively, and naturally.