By Deborah Fulsang
Smooth as a baby’s bottom? It’s not the reality for most women.
“Eighty-five per cent of women have cellulite and the 15 per cent that don’t, think they do,” says Dr. Shimon Eckhouse, The Kit’s expert for face advisor. His company explores light-based technology to target and treat the dreaded orange-peel skin.
No wonder the industry is booming. One new report claimed sales for cellulite products hit the $11.8-million mark last year in the United States. Safe to say the category is healthy here in Canada, too.
But beware, says Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist in Toronto, there’s no magic bullet. “Topicals are not drugs. They’re not going to go down to a level that they’re going to get rid of cellulite,” she says. “They might plump up the skin temporarily, much like if you went home and took a loofah to your skin and scrubbed at it. You could cause swelling in the skin to improve the appearance.”
The bottom line on cellulite? “There is no cure.” You can, however, make surface improvements. And for many, of course, appearances count.
Tip: Be sure to exfoliate before applying your chosen smoothing cream. A good scrub preps the skin to allow active ingredients to perform at their max.