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Make Your Own: Cellulite Body Scrub

May 16, 2009 Reviewed by admin 4 Comments

Modern science may have mastered the wrinkle and beaten baldness, but still there remains no "cure" for cellulite. Those deposits of fat that bulge outwards and create the appearance of dimpled skin are the result of anything from lifestyle and nutrition to genetics and hormones. Women seem more prone to developing cellulite because female fat cells, muscles, and skin are less flexible than those of a man. To conquer this biological inequity, we are willing to subject our bodies to ridiculously painful procedures (i.e., Thermage) and shell out thousands for a lifetime of maintenance treatments (i.e., Endermologie).

Instead, we could be whipping up a tasty cellulite solution in our own kitchens. Coffee is a common inclusion in anti-cellulite products because its high caffeine content has a dehydrating effect on fat cells, making the skin around them appear smoother and less dimpled. For the quick fix-inclined, this home remedy can aid in temporarily diminishing the appearance of cellulite. Alas, it will not deliver long-lasting results unless combined with adjusted diet and exercise.

  • May 21, 2009

    by Matina

    How long do the effects last? All day? Hopefully? I wonder if I start changing my diet and upping my excercising while using this scrub I will get rid of cellulite faster than without the scrub?

  • May 20, 2009

    by Wok King

    After reading "ShopSmart" July 09 issue an article on page 20 talks about caffine as the new "beauty buzz" and can be found in a number of skin care products. The magazine is published by Consumers Report.

    The article reports that Caffine can be found as an ingredient in body scrubs, cellulite creams/gels, eye creams, and face creams and states that dermatologists tell them that caffine can act in three ways: 1) as a vasoconstricting agent, tightening blood vessels to lessen blood flow and skin redness; 2) as a dehydrator, temporarily drawing excess fluid out of surface skin cells for a smoother appearance, and 3) as an antioxidant helping protect the sun from ultraviolet rays and premature aging.

    As a supplement to the above article posted by Copely, ShopSmart recommends using your morning's coffee grounds to make a home brew by stirring in a little "Olive Oil" to make a paste for your scrubs. Also, make sure you use regular coffee, not decaffinated grounds.

    Lastly, if your interested get the magazine and read the article to get a fuller understanding of the new "beauty buzz" and be sure to read the labels on any commercial product you plan to buy to see what benefits are or are not claimed by the manufacturer.

    Be well, be safe,
    Wok King

  • May 18, 2009

    by Veronica

    Sounds like a must try. =) Thanks!

  • May 16, 2009

    by Sandra

    Well, this is something I'm definitely going to try! I love instant results (however fleeting) and if I take off my glasses maybe the effect will seem to last longer. :)

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