Beauty Board tests cellulite solutions
CelluScience anti-cellulite dietary supplements Available online at www.celluscience.com and by calling 1-866-225-7614; $69.33 for a three-month supply of capsules"CelluScience is clinically proven to reduce cellulite. Five independent, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, published clinical trials prove this formula helps reduce the circumference of hips, abdomen, thighs and ankles for a slimmer body 'silhouette.' " Rating: F Cloe says: Cellulite is friend to no woman. Most of us are willing to try anything in our fight against the dreaded dimples, which is why anti-cellulite creams, pills, lotions and potions are a billion-dollar-a-year business. CelluScience knows how to market its products. They have a great website filled with scientific data and studies supporting the product, reviews, a video, and before and after photos. The pills need to be taken on a daily basis and for as long as it takes to see results (that could be forever). Ingredients include ginkgo biloba fatty acids, yellow sweet clover, fish oil and grape seed extract - all of which probably did wonders for my insides. But, as with most cellulite products on the market, CelluScience did nothing for my thighs. After taking these pills as directed for several weeks, I saw no improvement. Nothing. Ladies, save your money and stick to a healthy diet and exercise. And don't let a few dimples get you down. Cloe Cabrera, 43, is the fashion and beauty reporter for the Tribune, News Channel 8 and TBO.com.Decleor Paris Slim Effect Localised Contouring Gel-Cream Available at www.decleor.com; 6.7 fluid ounces for about $65"Promotes reduction of existing fat tissues and restores the skin's elasticity's and firmness while hydrating it." Rating: D Michelle says: There's a Geico commercial in this. I see the drill sergeant-turned-psychologist listening to a patient complain about investing in all this expensive cream to wipe out cellulite. Finally, he can't take it anymore. "You hare-brained fool! You want to lose cellulite, you should have gotten yourself a better gene pool, or worked out more in your youth!" Anyone who believes you can slap on some cream and watch the jiggly stuff disappear needs to have her head examined. I only used this product because I was asked to test it. It hydrates effectively and smells nice, too - thanks to essential oils of grapefruit and extract of fig jelly - but it's no miracle worker. You're better off investing in a gym membership. Michelle Bearden, 55, covers faith and values for the Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV and TBO.com. Crater Lake Company's Zambian Coffee Body Scrub Available online at www.craterlakecompany.com; $19.95 for 9 ounces"Coffee is a powerful free radical scavenger and antioxidant and is said to help reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve skin texture. This decadent scrub emulsifies in the shower, releasing the goodness of shea butter, soybean and coconut oil." Rating: B+ Shannon says: I just can't start my day without a good cup of coffee, so a steamy shower with the aroma of coffee seemed a good way to wake up. The Crater Lake Company's Zambian Coffee Scrub promises to exfoliate and firm skin and wash away the appearance of cellulite. But rubbing what looks like coffee grounds all over your body? Well, it works. The scrub is coarse going on, but it worked into a rich lather. It left my skin silky and smooth. It did improve the texture of my legs, but I think it works best as an all-over scrub. The only downside is the mess. The scrub clung to the sides of my tub, so I had to schedule enough time to clean up after each use. Shannon Behnken, 32, covers business for the Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8.