The Panel: Best anti-cellulite treatments
Continental pharmacies always give one pause for thought. There is plenty of product on their shelves that is just plain mysterious, but it is the abundance of anti-cellulite creams that really makes you wonder.
At first, you think that these continental women must have worse cellulite than we Irish, but then you realise that it’s not so much that we don’t have it, but that we don’t get the same opportunity to expose it.
So, we Irish only panic about our orange-peel thighs and dimpled derrieres when our annual sun holidays roll around, and, by then, it’s too late to really do anything about it. And, in many ways, there is nothing you can do about it.
Cellulite is often nothing to do with weight and it’s something with which most of us are afflicted, regardless of our shape or size, but that’s no reason to embrace it. Ingredients like caffeine can help to improve the circulation, and certain moisture-boosting and skin-smoothing compounds may help with the appearance of the skin, but, if a miracle cure existed, then it would be the only product on the continental pharmacies’ shelves.
Nuxe Body Contouring Serum for Embedded Cellulite, €27.50, Clerys; selected pharmacies nationwide
French brand Nuxe came out best overall, not just for this top-scoring product, but also for the Nuxe Body Contouring Oil, €26.50. The French treat cellulite like a mortal enemy and, with ingredients such as caffeine, cocoa polyphenols and yacon extract, this claims to work on the look of the skin and to break down “embedded” fat. “This product smelt and felt very luxurious,” said one panellist, “and, after using it for a couple of weeks, my skin seemed smoother and the dimples appeared a little less pitted.” BEST EVERYDAY ASSAULT Nivea Good-bye Cellulite, €9.99, available nationwide Thanks to the ingredient L-Carnitine, this cream promises noticeably smoother skin after two weeks of use, and reduced cellulite after four weeks. It does a good job in terms of smoothing skin, it tingles and tightens temporarily, and, given its price, you don’t feel guilty about using it daily. “The light texture of this is what endeared it to me,” said one panellist. “It soaks in fast and makes your skin feel tauter; it’s particularly good on your arms before a night out.”
BEST APPEARANCE ENHANCER
Estee Lauder Body Performance Firming Body Creme, €42,
Estee Lauder counters nationwide Sold as a skin-firming product that will hydrate, firm and strengthen the skin, all of which will go some way to making the dreaded bumpy area look better and maybe stall the advance of existing cellulite. Contains murumuru butter, Brazilian coffee extract, biopeptides and hyaluronic acid. “I definitely saw a difference, and noticed the effect wearing off if I stopped using it,” a panellist said. “My skin felt noticeably smoother and softer.”
BEST FOR THE FORGETFUL
Bliss fatgirlsoap, €10.47, Brown Thomas Dublin and Limerick; Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre, D16
There are many among us with bathroom shelves heaving with body lotions and potions that we only remember to apply once we’re fully clothed, which makes this soap a handy option. It requires minimal time and it’s there in the shower when you’re unclothed and unable to avoid assessing your dimples. It contains caffeine for improving circulation, while the knobbly shape and jojoba beads exfoliate and smooth the skin. “Nice soap, nice nubby bits, nice citrus scent and nice, smoothed skin and improved tone after a few days’ use,” said a panellist.
BEST BLOW THE BUDGET
Sisley Phyto-Svelt Global, €140, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork
There’s no denying that this is breathtakingly expensive, but there is also no denying that it made an impression on dimpled thighs. Boasting an ingredient called alkekengi calyx, which claims to break down fat, it claims to do more than just improve the skin’s appearance, and there is an instant smoothing, tightening effect. “Great stuff just before a holiday,” said a panellist. “My legs and bum looked better, and nothing else has ever managed that before.”