Tips For Reducing Cellulite

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Cellulite is not harmful. The dimpled, puckered skin that characterizes cellulite is a normal variant in the way fat beneath the skin is distributed. But the appearance of cellulite, which is most often found on the thighs and buttocks of as many as 8 in 10 women, is distressing for many. “While there is as of yet no single solution that can permanently eliminate cellulite,” says Joshua Fox, MD, of Advanced Dermatology, P.C., there are steps a woman can take and there are effective treatments that can reduce cellulite and improve the appearance of the skin.”

What causes cellulite?

Cellulite is most common on those parts of the body that have fat deposits under the skin. When the fat pushes against connective tissue, the skin above it puckers, causing the distinctive bumpy look of cellulite. It is more common in women than in men because fat and connective tissue are distributed differently in the skin of women and men. Cellulite also becomes more common as skin loses elasticity with age. “Cellulite may become more noticeable with weight gain,” says Aza Lefkowitz, MD, associate director of the Smart Lipo Unit at Advanced Dermatology P.C., “but lean people have cellulite as well. Genetics are thought to play a role in determining who will develop cellulite. Other factors that may affect its development or visibility are diet, exercise and metabolism—how the body burns energy.”

Fox offers several suggestions on how can cellulite be reduced.

  • Weight loss and exercise won’t eliminate cellulite, but losing pounds through a healthy diet and strengthening the muscles of the legs, thighs and buttocks will improve appearance by helping keep the body taut and smooth and improving skin tone and texture.
  • Massage therapies have been developed that utilize a hand-held, electrically powered device that kneads the skin between rollers to smooth its texture. Treatment typically constitutes six-to-eight 35-minute sessions.
  • Laser and light therapy are used with the goal of disrupting and shrinking fat tissue, sometimes in conjunction with massage to soften the connective tissue and reduced the dimpled appearance. Cold lasers can damage fat cells painlessly and decrease cellulite.

“There are a wide variety of topical creams and other treatments that purport to reduce cellulite,” says Fox, “but there is little evidence that they are effective.” “The best advice we can give is to try to avoid the development of cellulite or to minimize its severity by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight (and avoiding yo-yo dieting), drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding smoking.”

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Seen At 11: Counterfeit Cosmetics May Be Harmful To Your Health


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For anyone using pricey skin cream, makeup, or shampoo, be careful what and where you buy.

Bogus beauty products may be harmful to your health and they’re being peddled to unsuspecting shoppers online.

As CBS 2′s Maurice DuBois reported Thursday, high-priced beauty products like skin serums may seem legit, but they may actually be counterfeit.

“Within one to two days of me using the same product that I had used for months, I broke out in a very bad rash,” Susan Moreira said.

Moreira said she found her product cheaper online, but it turned out to be fake, with no plastic around it and no label.

Dr. Whitney Bowe warns there may be serious consequences to buying skin products outside of authorized dealers.

“Counterfeit products have actually been shown to contain known carcinogens, including arsenic and beryllium. Many have been shown to contain very high levels of bacteria that can lead to infections of the skin,” Bowe said.

That was exactly what happened to Moreira.

Bowe pointed out the subtle differences between the real deal and unauthorized products, including the removal of seals and serial numbers. In some cases the product may be re-wrapped entirely.

Robert Trow, the owner of a high-end skin care line, said his company takes specific measures to make sure customers know they’re getting the real thing.

“We have to change our authorized seals periodically so that they can’t be counterfeited. It has to be sold through an authorized agent,” Trow told DuBois.

John Paul Dejoria, the founder of Paul Mitchell hair systems, said hair products can be counterfeit as well.

Dejoria had a blunt message for consumers: “If you ever see Paul Mitchell in any drug store or supermarket, it is by any question of a doubt either counterfeit or from the black/gray market. No ifs, buts, or maybes. We don’t sell it to them at all.”

Makeup is not immune from counterfeiters either, DuBois reported.

A counterfeit makeup brush may not pose a serious risk, but Valerie Salembier, founder of Dontbuyfakes.com, said fake cosmetics can also pose a big risk.

“Think about what you’re doing. You’re putting unregistered chemicals on your face,” Salembier said. “It’s simple. If the cost is too good to be true, guess what — it’s too good to be true.”

Experts say the bulk of counterfeit products are sold on the Internet and at flea markets. They say it’s important to always inspect the packaging and contents.

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