Christina Dodd 

Question: I was at the mall the other day and was approached by a makeup consultant at the Clarins counter. She and I were chatting about items that I may want to purchase. I told her that I hated my thighs because they were starting to develop cellulite. She told me that they had a great product to treat cellulite, Clarins High Definition Body Lift, and obviously tried to sell me on it immediately. It was a little pricey for lotion so I wanted to find out if it really works before purchasing it.


Answer: Clarins is a pretty established name in beauty and has jumped on the cellulite cream bandwagon in recent years. Their product, High Definition Body Lift, claims to reduce cellulite by aiding the body in releasing excess fat. According to the website, extracts such as Blue Button Flower, Baccharis, Extract of Maritime Pine, Sunflower extract and Horse Chestnut all help the body release fat cells, release excess water, and aid in inhibiting the storage of fat cells. The site suggests applying the lotion twice a day in an upward sweeping motion.

Although Clarins is a respected name in the beauty industry, there is very little evidence that anti-cellulite creams work to reduce or rid the body of cellulite permanently. Caffeine is one of the most important active ingredients in this product. Although caffeine has been proven as a diuretic, these results are temporary at best, meaning cellulite will most likely return when skin becomes rehydrated.

Francis Peterson, our respected beauty expert, did a fantastic review on anti-cellulite creams and their actual effectiveness in a recent feature, the results are quite surprisin