Can Caffeine REALLY Help Reduce Cellulite?
By Jessica Chia; Photography by Pixabay
Are all the creams and scrubs just hype?
Young or old, rail-thin or curvy, light or dark, if you’ve inherited the genetic predisposition for it, the cellulite fairy has gifted you with a smattering of dimples on your thighs, bottom and even your belly. And if you want to hide them or get rid of them altogether, it’s pretty hard unless you’re willing to pay for a pricey in-office procedure to laser or snip the fibrous bands responsible for that puckering effect.
At home or on a budget, your options are limited to caffeinated creams and scrubs, which claim to help you smear your skin into smooth submission.
But how well do they work? Well, caffeine can dehydrate the water content of your fat cells, so they’re less swollen, and cellulite looks less obvious, says Howard Sobel, a New York City dermatologist and founder of DDF Skincare. However, the results will be subtle, at best, and temporary, says Angela J. Lamb, assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Still, if some improvement – any improvement – sounds good to you, look for a formula that also contains Vitamin C, which can help increase collagen production and make skin look firmer and smoother, explains Sobel. And the higher the caffeine content, the better, adds Lamb.
Keep it cheap
Whip up this DIY coffee scrub recipe, instead. The act of exfoliating can actually add to the smooth look, since it’s getting rid of dead skin cells in favour of fresh ones.
Try this coffee-grind cocktail: Mix 1/4 cup ground coffee with 3 tablespoons hot water and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to absorb the water and form a paste. Then, mix in 2 tablespoons of olive oil to help bind the grinds. (This will make it easier to spread on, and offer extra moisturising effects.) Cleanse problem areas in a warm shower, then turn off the water and apply the scrub by massaging in a circular motion for 2-4 minutes with your hands or a washcloth. Rinse with warm water to remove all grounds, then pat dry and moisturise if desired.
The bottom line
While in-office procedures are your best bet to blast cellulite away for good, caffeine-laced creams and scrubs can give you some in-the-moment smoothness.
Looking for more info on cellulite or dimple-busting tricks to try? Here are six things we bet you didn’t know about those lumps and bumps.
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