I really am not a wishy washy person. It is easy for me to form an opinion on everything, and am annoyingly happy to share those opinions, if asked. But after a sincere 30-day trial of the Delfin Spa Cellulite Reduction System, I must remain very firmly neutral, because I cannot definitely state that the kit works or does not. In this case, you will have to decide for yourself whether or not to try it.

A bit about my "test".  When the cellulite reduction kit arrived (compliments of the nice people at Delfin), my husband Don saw me examine the contents of the box, and he was naturally curious. When I explained to him that I would not only be testing the effectiveness of a cellulite reduction kit but would also be requiring his help as an independent observer in analyzing the "before and after" condition of my derriere and thighs, Dons eyes bulged as he backed up and ran clearly panicked from the room without another word.  A few days later when we discussed his reaction to Independent Observer Plan A (and his complete rejection of any participation whatsoever in the project)  he suggested Independent Observer Plan B.... that I call one of my closest girlfriends, Debbie, and get her to critique my nearly naked backside and thighs for the next 30 days. Whether it was my vanity or my fear of sounding like a deviant goof, I never did make that telephone call. (Hi Deb, I was wondering what you think of my thighs and backside? No. "Hi Deb, would you like to take a really good look at my thighs and rear end once a week, for a project I am working on?" No. " Hi Deb, so.... have I shown you my cellulite lately?" No.) Oh, and by the way....Plan C? The digital photo's I tried to take of my backside in the full length mirror? Let me just say I shall never again try that, for any reason, and under any set of circumstances.  Ultimately the cellulite reduction project moved forward without the independent observer I had hoped for.

Next, a bit about the "kit". The cellulite reduction kit contains an athletic-type pair of shorts (you order the correct size, based on the chart) , plus an anti-cellulite cream which is to be applied to the skin which will be covered by the shorts. The shorts are made of a material which is very similar to that of a "wet suit", and while the shorts are designed to be worn snugly, they are surprisingly comfortable. The shorts are tight enough and the material is slim enough that they can be worn quite inconspicuously under virtually any type of clothing, and they are also comfortable enough to sleep in.  In theory, you could wear the shorts 24-7, and accelerate the "cellulite reduction " results.

Overly simplified, the theory behind the Cellulite Reduction System is that 1) the cream penetrates and helps your circulatory system break up the cellulite, which 2) then leaves the body when the wearer sweats, and 3) the compression of the shorts then further firms the newly cellulite-free skin.   So the more you wear the shorts and the more you sweat, the better the outcome should be over time.

I applied the cream and made sure to wear the shorts for at least a few hours every day, and then again while I slept.  I sincerely did try to do a thorough test, and even applied the cream to just the right side of my body each time, to see if the cream itself  made any difference. The cream is delightful....it smells good, it has a refreshing minty feel to it, and it certainly did nothing negative to the color or look of my skin. According to Delfin, the cream is "a luxurious natural blend that includes algae, green tea, and caffeine".  I was actually a little bit sorry when I used up the last drop.   But it  also didn't seem to make any difference in the amount I sweated or any difference in the appearance or amount of cellulite... the right and left sides of my body were identical after 30 days.

Finally, the results. The bottom line (no pun intended) was that after 30 days of using the cream and wearing the shorts, I really didn't see any difference in the firmness, tone, or appearance of my rear end or thighs. Does that mean it didn't work? Perhaps, or perhaps not.  In reality, I didn't have much cellulite to start with, but I am 51 years old and a few very small lumps and ripples are now starting to appear. I really was hoping that by addressing the small traces now before it gained a permenent foothold, this small amount of cellulite might more easily "melt" away. The cream felt great, and the shorts actually made me feel athletic and toned just by wearing them....so much so that I found myself taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and walking more briskly than usual, just because I was wearing the shorts.  That in itself was a benefit.

I am not entirely sure if the shorts made my legs and backside sweat, more than usual, or if instead the wet-suit type materials just prevented a normal amount of perspiration from evaporating during the day....but there was certainly a lot of moisture present when the shorts were removed. I didn't find myself feeling dehydrated during the day and thus didn't feel the need to add to my normal consumption of liquids, and I have since wondered if perhaps by ingesting more water, I might have achieved a more spectacular result.

So all in all, while the kit didn't seem to work any wonders on my minor amount of cellulite during my 30-day trial, the cream and the shorts were a pleasant surprise in many ways, and I actually enjoyed the test. And I wouldn't be surprised if the Delfin cellulite reduction system might just be the thing for someone who has a bit more dimpling to address.

I know. Neutral Switzerland has nothing on me.