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Getting Rid of Cellulite in Time for the Beach

Updated: 2014-10-04T17:27:38.673-07:00


Another Approach to Reduce Cellulite Appearance - Sunless Tanning Lotion


A friend of mine commented that she's too lazy to exercise and instead she just uses moisturizers and tries to get a decent tan to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

This idea had never occurred to me and while I think I'll continue to try and get as much exercise as possible, for all kind of reasons, I'm also considering my buddy's shortcut to cellulite reduction.

The problem for me is that I don't tan easily... it's August before I turn a shade most people would call a 'light tan'. But I'm considering trying a sunless tanning lotion. I don't know if any readers have experience with them.

I found this page of sunless tanning lotion tips. It would nice to feel a little more confident going to the beach this year.

Of course the beach feels about a million years away since it is snowing for about the sixth day in a row and supposed to go for 2 more days! Groan. Well I can dream of beach weather and prepare, right?(image)

Kelly Clarkson Self Magazine Cover - Cellulite and Fat Free


While I'm interested in getting rid of cellulite, I think it's important to be realistic about your goals. Most women have a tough time feeling good about themselves, partly because we are surrounded by pictures of perfect women. And in truth, these women look better in the pictures, than they themselves do in reality.

Case in point Kelly Clarkson's picture on the cover of Self Magazine seemed significantly thinner than she had in recent performances. Gosh, did Kelly find the fastest way to lose weight and cellulite ever? Yes and no. The fastest way to diminish cellulite's appearance is to have someone edit a photo of you and get rid of the cellulite that way. That's what Self magazine did. Here is what Self magazine said about it
"Yes, of course we do post-production corrections on our images," SELF editor in chief Lucy Danziger told "Entertainment Tonight." "Kelly Clarkson exudes confidence, and is a great role model for women of all sizes and stages of their life. She works out and is strong and healthy, and our picture shows her confidence and beauty. She literally glows from within. That is the feeling we'd all want to have. We love this cover and we love Kelly Clarkson."
and here is what Kelly Clarkson had to say about it:
"My happy weight changes," Clarkson says in the September issue of SELF. "Sometimes I eat more; sometimes I play more. I'll be different sizes all the time. When people talk about my weight, I'm like, 'You seem to have a problem with it; I don't. I'm fine!' I've never felt uncomfortable on the red carpet or anything."

Personally I think Kelly's quote makes more sense than the one from SELF magazine. They say they want to be a "great role model for women of all sizes and stages of their life." So why not show a little more variation in shape??

Here is Kelly in a recent performance. She IS comfortable in her own skin, though she's opting to not show a ton of that skin, choosing a pretty modest outfit and slimming black pants. Still I think I like real Kelly better than the one on Self Magazine.

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Nivea Cellulite Cream vs. Cellulean


I ran across this comparison that three women did of two cellulite creams (Nivea and Cellulean) and one cellulite treatment (Accent laser treatment). Both women chose Nivea over Cellulean for a combination of effectiveness and also liking the smell, texture, etc of Nivea better.

While the Accent laser treatment was much more effective than either of the creams, it was also about 100 times (literally) as expensive.

All of the women were in great shape. Part of me is thinking, these women shouldn't be worried about not being perfect. But then again when I saw the final results, I was thinking, well, that last bit of improvement can be the difference between, "Oh, you look nice" and "Wow".(image)

Cellulite Scams


The other day I saw an online cellulite cream ad, which featured impressive before and after photos. A friend walked up behind me. A photographer, he commented, "Notice the difference in lighting." He said, "See how washed out her butt and thighs are in this photo. There aren't any shadows. But in this one, the light casts shadows, so every cellulite bump is emphasized." I hadn't noticed this at all, but I could see what he was saying once that he had shown me. Certainly the best comparison, would have been a photo with the same lighting.

The "untouched" or "real" before and after photo in varying light, is one of many half-truths you can find in the cellulite industry. Another one that I ran across was a cellulite blog that ran for about 3 weeks, recommended one product and then closed all comments. It was supposedly written by a mom who lived not far from me, funny coincidence? Funny indeed. I later realized that the ad was using IP address (your computer's address on the internet) to determine approximately where you lived and then inserting the name of a nearby town or city as where this mom lived. I realized that all of the comments from others, could easily have been manufactured by the person creating the blog and then they conveniently closed for comments. Given how polite everyone who had responded up until then had been, I couldn't imagine why, other than it being a fake blog, they would close for comments.

Most likely this was just a salesperson pretending to me a mom blogging. I am a mom blogging! These things make me mad. How about you?

I wrote a full article about this at: Cellulite Cream Before and After Pictures and Other Half-Truths(image)

Getting Rid of Cellulite on My Thighs in time for the Beach, A Plan of Attack


Women spend a whole lot of money every year on cellulite treatments, medical procedures, cellulite creams and exercise programs, the industry is bound to attract a few shady money-grubbers. If you're hoping to turn your saggy, baggy butt and thighs into a more desirable derriere and sexy thighs, how do you know what claims to believe?

Getting Rid of Cellulite - Rule 1 - Use Some Common Sense

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If there was really a magic lotion that you could rub onto your legs and melt inches off them without ever working up a sweat, don't you think everyone would be using it? Such a product wouldn't need any marketing, it would sell itself. On the other hand, anti-cellulite creams and cellulite exercises that offer to reduce cellulite if used regularly, do exist. Check for product reviews, particularly on sites like which contains reviews from unhappy customers as well as the 'best cellulite cream' testimonial.

Getting Rid of Cellulite - Rule 2 - Reliable Providers, Minimizing Risk
In addition to looking for unbiased customer reviews, check a company's refund policy. If you want your money back, do you know how to request it? If not, are you okay, with recognizing that you are going to invest $20 or $50 to see if a product helps, and if it doesn't, are you okay with losing that money. Is the company a member of the Better Business Bureau? Are you able to contact the company, either on the phone or through email.

Getting Rid of Cellulite - Rule 3 - Use a Combination of Tactics
There are four basic ways to get rid of cellulite: exercise, diet, cellulite removal procedures and cellulite creams. Exercise works to reduce cellulite fat and tone the supporting muscle. Diet can also reduce cellulite fat and help rid the body of toxins trapped in cellulite deposits. Cellulite creams generally improve the collagen elasticity and skin tone. Cellulite removal procedures also improve collagen elasticity, skin tone and reduce fat deposits in areas with cellulite.

Someone who is substantially overweight, will probably have the biggest improvement from exercising. Cellulite exercises do not have to be difficult or time-consuming. Big improvements can be seen from fifteen minutes a day, four or five days a week, without any expensive equipment. But if exercising doesn't bring you the body you hoped for, then cellulite creams to smooth and tighten problem areas or even cellulite reduction treatments could be considered. Or... you may have to accept that even beautiful bodies have imperfections.

Getting Rid of Cellulite, What's the Best Approach?(image)