THE SKINNY: on cellulite

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The bottom line on cellulite, so to speak, is that if there was a way to shift it completely and forever obviously none of us would have it. Question is, can cellulite treatments or topicals offer an ounce of help? The answer is yes, if used while doing the right diet, having regular massage and exercising. There is one other thing too: to have an impact on cellulite you need to know your poison. Cellulite is a sum of parts: there are many contributors – hormones, genes, circulation, diet, stress and inactivity are the main ones – and each affect us individually. So while the menopause (hormones) may be the catalyst for your haphazardly puckered thighs, stress and a lazy lymph could be the combo that lands cellulite on the next woman. Someone else, meanwhile, might spend every afternoon lying on the sofa eating crisps and smoking cigarettes and not have a trace of it. It is unjust; and I often wonder whether it is this random inequity that partly feeds our fascination with cellulite. Clinical approaches include SmartLipo, anti-cellulite laser therapy; Dermawave, which uses electrical waves to increase lymph drainage; and Hypoxi L250, which vacuums blood to fatty areas encouraging fat to burn. Of the established treatments these are the ones I rate:

• Endermologie – manipulates underlying fibres that tighten and pucker skin as fat cells enlarge.

• Manual massage – deep tissue and light manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) work, but treatment must be regular.

• Phytomer Ultim’Reflex – a topical which greatly helps the look of the overlying skin; apply after body-brushing. ..