Let me first start by saying, I have no interest in losing weight. The reason I wrote this post is because of cellulite, all women regardless of weight, build or size may have cellulite at one time or another. I do not go on diets, I have a fast metabolism, when I am active. Just to clarify, because some people who read this blog seem to think I have a weight problem, which I don't. I don't believe in diets either, eating healthy is more important. I have never been on a diet.
A few days ago, I tried the Cellu-Svelte anti cellulite patch. Someone I know had bought these via mail order some time ago and wanted to throw them out. I said I would take them and try them as the box of 28 patches were sealed and had not been opened at all.
The instructions on the box stated that the skin needed to be clean and hair free, so I got my shaver and shaved the area on my thighs where I wanted the patches to go, the patches are quite big with a boomerang type shape.
I placed one patch on either thigh in the evening and they seemed to stick on quite nicely. The instructions on the box stated that I could replace the patches after two days. The box has a picture of a nice slim model on it, this is always encouraging. *sarcasm*
By the way, I am not a fat/overweight person, most people should know that most magazine pictures are airbrushed, but anyway, a few hours after applying the patches I felt a slight itchy feeling on my skin, but it was not a really bad itch so I went to sleep. The next day, the itching was really irritating me so I took the patches off, the skin felt very tender and hot to the touch and I had a red raised rash on every pore and swollen skin all over the areas where the patch had been, even areas where the patch had touched the skin briefly while I was sticking it on my skin, were extremely swollen and red. The skin was so sore that I couldn't even wear a pair of jeans or any tight clothing over it.
I went to the chemist and bought some Calamine lotion and Eurax cream. Calamine lotion is well known for its soothing and skin calming properties and I remember that my mother used to use it on our skin when we were children and had chicken pox, it is also very cheap but effective at soothing inflamed skin.
The Eurax cream cost four times more than the Calamine lotion, but it seemed to be effective as well at reducing the size of the inflamed skin which was extremely raised, swollen and hot to the touch initially.
The box of the Cellu-Svelte cellulite patches did contain a statement which read:
"Keep out of the reach of children. Persons with sensitive skin and/or those susceptible to allergic reactions may experience slight reddening or irritation of the skin. If this occurs place patch on another part of the body. If problems persist discontinue use for 1 or 2 days."After reading that, I wondered why anyone would want to carry on using the patch after such an initially violent skin reaction.
The active ingredients in the patch are: Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Dandelion Leaf Extract, Guarana Extract, Aminophylline, Vitamin A.
So, personally, I would give the Cellu-Svelte patch a miss, I am throwing the remaining patches in the bin, the patches look quite innocent and harmless, but considering I do not have any known allergies, the Cellu-Svelte patch was a really lethal product and the irritated areas of my skin still feel a bit leathery, rough, scaly and very dry, like a crocodile, although the swelling has decreased quite a lot.
Although the Cellu-Svelte patch consists of products which would normally aid in detoxifying the body such as Dandelion and Fucus Vesiculosus, a type of seaweed, how do you get past the allergy factor?
Anyway, I think the best way to beat cellulite is to drink more water, massage with essential oils is also good. Cellulite can affect many women regardless of body size.