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Caffeine and Cellulite - Friends or Enemies?

Just when you think your morning coffee can't get any better...

Any trainer worth his or her salt will tell you that if you want to get fit, you should avoid the caffeine. It's a stimulant and a diuretic, and it will only serve to dehydrate your organs and lead to early aging and poorer skin health.

Now, this is what you would have heard until about 2006 when cellulite creams started popping up on shelves across America hyping caffeine as the next savior for women everywhere. That's right. When applied topically, caffeine can actually have beneficial effects on your skin. Remember those two characteristics of caffeine that I mentioned earlier? It's a stimulant and a diuretic. When you massage caffeine into your cellulite afflicted areas, it will increase circulation to those areas and tighten up the skin. The result is skin that appears smoother, firmer and more toned.

Want a more "scientific" explanation? The theory is that caffeine penetrates the skin and removes moisture from between the cells. This, in effect, punctures fat cells so they shrink like big deflated balloons. Fat is then able to be carried away by the body's natural metabolic pathways.

So, is it too good to be true? Well, the jury is still out. There is still not enough hard scientific data to satisfy the hard nosed scientific community. Most of the studies that produced the aforementioned results were conducted by small firms who oftentimes showed suspicious connections to the skin care industry.

However, with thousands of women sweeping these creams off the shelves and slathering it on their cellulite, you can't help but wonder if there just might be some truth to the hype.

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