With ongoing research in the fight against cellulite, a new study was performed in Brazil with 99 women using an anti-cellulite cream containing caffeine. The cream contained a solution of seven-percent caffeine, and the women were to apply the cream twice a day for thirty days.
At the end of the study, it was found that more than eighty percent of the women had a reduction in the circumference of their thighs and arms. The study also showed that over sixty-eight percent had a reduction in their hips as well.
While the study did have positive results, it still is not known if caffeine has the power to eliminate cellulite.
Topical creams that use caffeine for cellulite reduction work by tightening the top layers of the skin. This is a means to camouflage the dimpled appearance, but this is only a temporary fix.
Some of the key ingredients to these creams, lotions, and gels include caffeine, ginko-biloba, green tea, horse chestnuts, and seaweed. These are only used to reduce the appearance of cellulite and are not used a treatment for removing it.
A caffeine derivative called, methylxanthine has been the main ingredient in these topical creams, lotions, and gels for the past three years. Methylxanthine works by reducing fluid retention, allowing the temporary smoothing of the top layers of the skin. This means of using caffeine for cellulite reduction is only temporary and is not used as treatment to remove the fatty tissue.
Research has also shown that caffeine helps reduce cellulite by actually reducing the size and thickness of the fat cell itself. By changing the size of the internal fat deposits, your skin will appear smoother and flatter. It is not known why caffeine shrinks the fat cells, but it is thought that caffeine may temporarily dehydrate the fat cell causing it to shrink.
Using caffeine for cellulite reduction is one of the most popular ways of fighting this condition. Finding creams on the market that contain caffeine is very easy, as most creams, lotions, and gels have this ingredient in them. Finding the best one that works on your body is the trick. You may find that you will have to use quite a few before you find the one that works best for you.
A more natural way of using caffeine to treat the appearance of cellulite, you can use your old coffee grounds. Make sure that the coffee grounds are warm, but not too hot to burn the skin. If using day-old grounds, simply warm them up on a microwave. Take the grounds and rub them into the areas of your body that have cellulite with your hands or a loofa. You will notice that most of the grounds end up on the floor, but a good deal will remain. Then take seaweed wrap, which can be found at your local health food store, and wrap the area up. If you can’t find seaweed wrap, you can also substitute with plastic wrap. To make this natural procedure more powerful you can take a rolling pin and use it to smooth out the layers of the skin. Remove the layers of seaweed, or plastic wrap and rinse the area thoroughly. For top results, use this method twice a week.