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Top Three Ways to cure Cellulite


Cellulite is a skin disorder that plagues women of all ages, all colors, and all sizes.  Cellulite can be difficult to get rid of even with exercise, because the body does not burn fat directly beneath the skin, or superficial fat cells.  These  fat cells  are what causes the lumpy appearance of  cellulite.  here three of the best ways to get rid of cellulite:

  1. Increase blood flow and detoxify  the blood.
  2. Decrease water retention.
  3. Increase  fat breakdown.

How can Skin PhD help?

The main active ingredient in Skin PhD’s Cellulite Treatment is glaucine.  Glaucine is derived  from yellow poppy seed plants, and is also used in some diet pills for weight-loss.

How does glaucine work on cellulite?

Glaucine is and effective treatment for cellulite because:

It reduces fat cell production, and  makes them smaller.  This allows the fat cells to release stored fat, and start to produce collagen instead,  similar to what happens in weight-loss, when fat cells turn to muscle.  Glaucine also reduces water retention and helps   reduce inflammation.

Other ingredients derived from ginger and green coffee bean help   increase circulation, therefore reducing toxins in  the surrounding tissue.  This is why  Skin PhD’s cellulite treatment is so effective;  it combines the top three methods of curing cellulite, in one easy to use cream.

If you want to  learn more about cellulite, click here.  If you want to learn more about Skin PhD’s cellulite treatment, click here.

SkinPhD Cellulite Control – Understanding and Improving Cellulite



by Casey Durrett, LEI – Social Media Director and National Educator, SkinPhD


I am often asked if an effective product for the improvement of cellulite really exists. My goal for this blog is to answer that question with a resounding “Yes!”  Cellulite, when understood and properly managed, can be significantly improved, and SkinPhD Cellulite Control is the last cellulite reducing product you’ll need to try.

Let me warn you in advance! Cellulite is not to be explained or understood in only a few words. There are complex mechanisms involved and a multitude of factors that culminate in that much dreaded term that keeps so many women from wearing shorts or bathing suits! So, with that duly noted, grab a glass of water, take a deep breath, clear your mind, and let’s now move on to what cellulite is, where this whole beauty-disrupting creature comes from, and what SkinPhD Cellulite Control can do about it.


What is Cellulite?


 Cellulite is a collection of fat cells found just beneath the surface of the skin skin. As these fat cells enlarge, they push upward on the skin which sits directly above them. With decreasing circulatory function in the tissues, fibrous strands (septa) that hold the skin together become less elastic and more fibrous and pull downward on the skin. The combination of fat cells pushing upwards against the skin while septa are pulling downward on the skin creates the dimpled, lumpy, “cottage cheese” texture on the skin’s surface.




To get a mental picture of what is happening, imagine a decorative pillow with a button in the center. As the button is sewn into the fabric, the thread is pulling down on the pillow’s surface, while the stuffing inside the pillow is pushing upward. 



What Causes Cellulite?

  • Excess fat in the superficial fat cells is directly related to the visibility of cellulite. Because the body does not burn superficial fat (fat that is very near the skin’s surface) for energy, it is very difficult to rid the superficial fat cells of excess fat through diet and exercise.
  • Decreased blood and lymphatic circulation lead to a stiffening of the septa. This decreased circulatory function leads to a lack of nutrient delivery in the tissues and also leaves behind large volumes of toxins that need to be eliminated.
  • Increased fluid retention results from decreased circulatory function. This creates an imbalance in the tissue that results in swelling and pressure and finally leads to the fibrous tissue (septa) becoming thicker and squeezing fat cells such that the lumps and bumps associated with cellulite are visible.
  • Hormones, aging, genetics, and nutrition may all play a role in the development of cellulite.


 How to Improve the Appearance of Cellulite

  • Increase Lipolysis – Lipolysis refers to the breaking down of lipids (fats). To truly improve cellulite conditions, excessive fats in the superficial fat cells must be removed.
  • Reduce Fat Cell Differentiation (Adipocyte Differentiation) – Fat cell differentiation refers to the process of a fibroblast undergoing changes that cause it to evolve into a fat cell (adipocyte).
  • Improve Circulation – Beneficial nutrients are delivered and harmful toxins are taken away through circulation. Circulation may be improved through massage and with topical ingredients that stimulate circulation.
  • Reduce Water Retention – Reducing water retention in the tissue alleviates pressure and swelling and allows for improved circulation, nutrient delivery, and detoxification.
  • Detoxify Tissues – Removing harmful, toxic materials allows for a return to a natural and balanced environment in the tissues.


How far are you into that glass of water?
Alright, stay hydrated. We’ve gotten past the “deep” part, and we’ll now shift into:


Topical Ingredients That Improve Cellulite 

Glaucine (Glaucium Flavum)





Glaucine is a derivative of the yellow poppy plant and may also be synthetically derived. Glaucine is a powerhouse ingredient in the reduction of cellulite. Glaucine addresses some of the most important areas of any anti-cellulite regimen including:


  • Encourages fat cells to release fat (lipolysis)
  • Discourages growth of new fat cells from fibroblasts (remember fat cell differentiation?)
  • Encourages fat cells to revert back to a stem cell type and then re-evolve into a collagen cell (re-differentiation). Now this is absolutely stunning! Glaucine can promote a change in fat cells that eventually leads to an increase in collagen cells!
  • Increases firmness (because of the activities listed directly above)
  • Reduces water retention
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

The particular Glaucine component in SkinPhD Cellulite control has been shown to improve skin roughness by up to 43% and improve cellulite aspect by up to 35% in 56 days of twice daily applications.

Skin firmness has been shown to improve up to 20% within 28 days of twice daily applications.

These benefits along with the others listed above and combined with our other choice ingredients (to be discussed below) make for an optimal cellulite improvement product with extremely visible results.


Ginger and Capsaicin


Ginger is a plant with antioxidant, toning, and revitalizing properties. It also functions to boost circulation – a much needed function in any anti-cellulite regimen.



Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers. Capsaicin has a warming and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. Capsaicin also works to increase blood flow.


Studies on the Ginger and Capsaicin complex used in SkinPhD Cellulite Control show that after only 10 minutes of application (of no more than 1% of the complex), blood circulation is increased by a factor of 5 compared to that of placebo.



 Arnica is a flower extract that possesses stimulating, anti-inflammatory, and capillary dilating properties. It is also known for its wound-healing effects.






Yerba Mate and Green Coffee

 Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguaiensis) is a plant found inSouth America. Yerba Mate contains a complex, natural balance of natural detoxifying agents, antioxidants, and diuretics making it an obvious choice ingredient for the reduction of the appearance of cellulite.

Green coffee contains an antioxidant (chlorogenic acid) that inhibits lipid (fat) storage and activates an enzyme that stimulates lipid metabolism. Green coffee also functions as a draining agent for the tissues.




Studies on the Yerba Mate and Green Coffee complex used in SkinPhD Cellulite Control show the following:

  • Increased lipid metabolism (+170%)
  • Decrease in lipid transfer (-33%)
  • Decrease in thigh volume and perimeter of -10% after 2 months of use


Now, let’s put it all in simpler terms…

The search for a powerful anti-cellulite product is over!

SkinPhD Cellulite Control is formulated to work. Fighting back against the appearance of cellulite is no easy task, and it requires more than a healthy diet and exercise. It is necessary to address each factor in the appearance of cellulite, and this is why SkinPhD Cellulite Control stands out amongst other anti-cellulite products as a viable option for cellulite reduction.

Consumers are wary of cellulite reducing products and understandably so. No one enjoys paying for something that leads to disappointment, and this is why I’ve gone to such lengths to provide information on what sets our Cellulite Control product apart from the rest.

Yes, there is a cellulite reducing product that works and delivers visible results in a short period of time!
It’s called SkinPhD Cellulite Control, and I just can’t wait for you to see the improvement!

Until next time, here’s to firmer, smoother, bathing-suit-ready skin!


For more information on SkinPhD Cellulite Control or our other products, ingredients, and signature therapies, please visit www.skinphd.com.


Placécol’s Cellulite Treatment in SHAPE Magazine



cellulite_treatment-smallThe clothes have come off and eek, they’re still there! Those lumps and bumps we’ve hidden so beautifully under layers during winter are back in the limelight. But before you reach for the tights and tracksuit, there’s hope: scientists have identified a new cellulite enemy and now that we know what it is, we’ve a better chance of winning the war.

According to some laboratory gurus, cellulite is a consequence of skin that is “damaged”. Dr Daniel Maes, Estèe Lauder’s senior vice president of Global Research and Development, says tiny holes appear in the collagen of damaged skin where fats, toxins and fluids then wedge themselves, causing the skin to “cave in”.

Dermatologist Dr Howard Murad blames hormones for the damage. They “attack” the collagen, causing it to harden. This inhibits blood supply and eventually the skin becomes weak and damaged. Fat cells then push and poke through, causing those tell-tale lumps and bumps.

The answer then is for healthy, strong skin to keep fat cells where they belong, so the hunt is on for ingredients that plump up, repair and tighten the skin, creating a smooth and natural “girdle” to keep cellulite in shape.

Not surprisingly, the skin-strengthening ingredients which work successfully in protecting and stimulating collagen growth in facial skincare products, are now showing up in anti-cellulite formulas. Look out for products and treatments with potent concentrations of retinoids, peptides, and amino acids like carnitine and creatine.

Caffeine is an undisputed champion of the cellulite wars: a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology reveals that a cream containing only seven percent caffeine can dramatically improve the orange-peel look, while eight out of 10 women using a caffeine-rich product for a month claimed that their skin became tighter and they lost up to two centimetres off their thighs. The reason caffeine works is because it contains theophylline, a chemical which blocks the enzymes in fat that prevent the body from flushing it out.

Our pick of the best cellulite blasters around include: RoC Retinol Body Range Retinol Anti-Cellulite Intensive with retinol, forskolin – an Indian root long used in Ayurvedic medicine, which triggers lipolysis, causing fat cells to shrink, caffeine and carnitine; Placécol Advanced Body Care Cellulite and Firming Treatment, with coffee, ginger and arnica to stimulate, rejuvenate and firm; Dermaphuzion Serum Anti-Cellulite Firming Gel contains forskolin; Dior Plasticity Body Beautifying Micro-Peel; Comfort Zone Body Strategist Refiner Cellulite; Anesi Soin Du Corps Draining-Shaping Cream; Thalgo LC24 Concentrate Slimming Booster 24hr Caffeine Effect; Avon Anew Clinical Lift and Tuck Professional Body Shaper and Annique Cellulite Decrease Green Rooibos Cellulite Cream.


I’m skinny. Why do I have cellulite?
Female hormones and lifestyle are to blame. Our diet, smoking, drinking, drugs (prescription and otherwise) and lack of exercise all contribute to the build-up of toxins responsible for the formation of cellulite.

Why don’t men get cellulite?
Apart from the fact that men are literally more thick-skinned, the male hormone testosterone seems to stop cellulite from forming. The female hormone oestrogen triggers it, and many women encounter cellulite for the first time after starting the Pill, HRT or with pregnancy.

Why is my overweight friend cellulite-free
Cellulite is not a fat issue, you should not blame your weight. Even if you have the body of a supermodel, you can still have cottage cheese thighs.

My mother and sister have cellulite. Is it hereditary?
Hormones and lifestyle play a much stronger role in the formation of cellulite than your genes.

Does cellulite get worse with age?
Yes, age plays a role. Aging results in a loss of thickness and tone of the connective tissue within the dermis and the superficial fat layer. Loss of collagen and elastin results in damaged and aging skin.

Does stress play a role?
Stress and lack of exercise will make your body sluggish. Stress causes high levels of cortisol which contributes to a slowing down of blood circulation and the lymphatic system, which helps your body get rid of toxins causing cellulite. Exercise is one of the best ways to deal with stress.

How do I know if I have cellulite?
You can tell if you have cellulite by squeezing the skin of your upper thigh between your thumb and forefinger. If it feels and looks lumpy and bumpy, it is cellulite. You might also find that cellulite patches look paler and feel colder.

Will exercise help?
Exercise tones and improves circulation, so it will definitely help to improve the appearance of cellulite-affected areas and help to smooth the dimples, even if they don’t disappear al-together. When you work out, the blood flow through the arteries increases, circulation gets a boost and, as you build muscle, the cellulite becomes less obvious.

Which exercise is best?
Your best bet is to choose a form of exercise that you enjoy, says sports scientist Kathleen Mc Quaide. “Incorporate both cardiovascular (aerobic) and some resistance exercise (toning). The resistance exercises will tone the muscles beneath the fat layers, and these will be more visible when some of the fat is lost. Resistance exercises also increase your lean tissue (muscle mass). Muscle tissue burns up more energy than fat tissue, which results in an increase in your metabolic rate.” All of this should translate into a leaner, more toned, less dimpled you!

How can diet make a difference?
A healthy diet of protein, good fats and antioxidants from plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is good for your skin. Protein (fish, chicken and eggs) is rich in hydrating essential fatty acids which restore tone and firmness to skin, says Dr Howard Murad in his book The Cellulite Solution (Piatkus). Cut out junk food which is stuffed with fat and sugar and limit your salt intake, which can cause water retention.

Will it help if I get a suntan?
A tan can camouflage that pasty cottage cheese look and create the optical illusion of smoothness and tone, BUT make it self-tan and don’t let the sun do the job. We now know that cellulite-ridden skin is damaged skin. Overexposure to the sun will further damage and weaken skin and encourage the appearance of even more – and – worse cellulite. And no, the heat doesn’t melt away the lumps. Sorry!

Does exfoliation help to smooth dimply thighs?
Brushing skin with a soft brush in long, sweeping movements towards the heart revs circulation and gets rid of dead skin cells, leaving skin rosy and glowing. Don’t be tempted to go at the offensive areas with a loofah – dermatologists warn that you can scratch the skin and even risk infection. Using an exfoliating product prepares skin to be optimally responsive to a cellulite cream or treatment following your bath or shower. Blitz hips and thighs with a high-powered shower jet, alternating hot and cold water.

Is cellulite cream a waste of money?
No. If the formulation contains the latest skincare ingredients which help to restore thick and healthy skin, you should see better skin tone and texture within weeks. You should also apply it with a vigorous and strong massage movement to stimulate circulation; use firm, strong strokes, massaging upwards to help chase toxins towards the lymph glands so they can be flushed out. Dr Murad says creams will work on 20 percent of the problem, but the rest relies on lifestyle changes.

Do supplements help?
Dr Murad suggests lecithin, glucosamine and amino acids. Antioxidants and fatty acids like omega-3 also do good. At least six cups of green tea per day have strong antioxidant and healing properties; keep the caffeine limited to the ingredient in your anti-cellulite cream!