Are you plagued by orange peel thighs or cottage cheese buttocks? You're not alone. Cellulite affects over 90% of women of all shapes and sizes! We test cellulite treatments that promise to rid -- or at least diminish -- this unwanted phenomenon.
Anti-cellulite products can be found in creams, gels, lotions and patches.
Most topical solutions from the drug store don’t attack the cellulite. Rather, they create a smoother texture by plumping the skin.
Caffeine is a common ingredient in anti-cellulite creams because it affects blood flow to and from the area, helping to drain excess water or fluid away, which makes the skin appear smoother.
Whether you use a cream or gel can affect the penetration speed. Gels have less moisturizer so they soak in faster than creams and lotions.
L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is supposed to melt away fat, but experts have their doubts since they don’t think it penetrates deep enough to make a difference.
Other plant extracts such as Horse Chestnut don’t go very deep either and are meant to only affect the look of the skin.
Our testers tried out these four different anti-cellulite treatments (two products each, one on each thigh) for a month:
- Avon Super Shape (results in 2 weeks): $20
- Sisley Phyto Sculptural (results in 2 weeks): $92
- Nivea Good-bye Cellulite (results in 1 month): $13
- ROC Patch Anti-Cellulite (results in 1 month): $38
- No ifs, ands or buts here. Not one of our testers thought any of these treatments made one little dimple of difference.
OUR TOP PICK
We weighed out the cost of the products and the hassle of the applications and decided that this is one product we recommend you don’t waste your time or money on.