When you hear it's how 51-year-old Madonna helps keep her muscle tone as taut as someone half her age, you start slathering it on, fast and furious.
That's how I first came upon Karin Herzog's cellulite-busting Silhouette and Tonus B12 Creams – and I can tell you that they help squander the appearance of cellulite, because I tried them, and now you can too in a special offer to StyleList readers at the end of this story.
The mysterious thing about cellulite is that anyone can get it, no matter your weight or your height.
According to studies, it's thought to occur in 80 to 90 percent of post-pubescent women, and it's not exactly a new thing: the term cellulite was first used in the 1920s, and appeared in American publications in the late 60s, the first in the April 1968 issue of Vogue, which said: "Like a swift migrating fish the word cellulite has suddenly crossed the Atlantic."
And now it's settled on my thighs. I've always had a little cellulite; it used to be the type that wasn't really visible to the naked eye, but if I sat a certain way or grabbed the backs of my thighs and squeezed, it the orange peel texture would peek through.
But after having a baby a year ago, I'm still packing about five extra pounds – and not really doing anything to get rid of it. When I slipped on my bathing suit for the first time this year, I noticed visible cellulite on my thighs and buttocks. It's especially noticeable when I squat down to be at eye-level with my son while wearing shorts, which, right now, is a near daily occurrence.
Even though anyone from supermodels on up can have cellulite, weight gain will make it look more apparent, as it did with me. Though the absolute cause of cellulite is still unclear – in fact, a 2006 paper published by Tatjana Pavicic, Claudia Borelli, and Hans Christian Korting in the German journal Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft points out that despite the popularity of this condition, there have only been a few studies on the physiology of cellulite in medical literature – there are strong hypotheses to its origins.
The going thought is this: as women gain weight their fat cells expand and can budge upward towards the skin's surface. The connective tissues that surrounds the fat cells is very inflexible, so as the fat cells expand the cells may bulge upwards towards the skin's surface, which gives the classic cottage cheese effect of cellulite.
Cellulite also retains more water than other types of fat, which can enhance its appearance. An accumulation of fluids in the area can be due to may factors, from hormones to poor circulation to a decrease in circulation caused by stress, and even tight clothing (underwear especially!) which can impede the flow of lymphatic fluids through the area.
While there's nothing you can do to truly lose your cellulite, if you drop a few pounds it will look less apparent. There are also a slew of creams on the market that claim to help break up cellulite, but most contain dubious science fueled by caffeine as a main ingredient, and do not have proven results.
Kate Walker, (pictured right), on the other hand, measured everything when she tried the cream for The Daily Mail. The 22-year-old British nurse had similar observations as I: "My skin felt silky after one day, and a week later my thighs felt firmer and looked smoother," she said, and also spilled that after one month she felt more confident in a bathing suit.
How does it work? Silhouette is spiked with 4 percent oxygen, an ingredient that helps improve circulation by targeting clogged capillaries that retain water to make the cellulite bumps more noticeable. Tonus B12 is a skin tonic packed with Vitamin B12, green tea and sesame, avocado and jojoba that condition and nourish the skin.
I became so reliant on my Silhouette and Tonus B12 creams that I risked public humiliation and possible arrest by smuggling them through airport security.
Due to an airline flub, I was not allowed to check a bag stocked with a few full-size beauty products, the Karin Herzog creams being two of them. I was headed to Las Vegas and planned on hitting the pool, and could not bear the thought of doing so without my cellulite dream team. So I threw out the rest of the offending products, stuffed the two bottles in my sneakers, zipped up my bag and prayed for mercy at the security checkpoint.
Maybe my bag scanner took sympathy on my thighs, because she let the illegally large creams travel with me on to the plane.
I'm happy to report that, just like a "swift migrating fish" Karin Herzog's celebrity-favorite skincare line has suddenly crossed the Atlantic. Available for the first time in the United States, Karin Herzog is offering StyleList and AOL readers an exclusive deal: Both the Silhouette Cream and Tonus B12 for $61.28, a $34 savings.
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