Anti-cellulite Leggings Really Work

Posted: 2014-10-10

Anti-cellulite Leggings Really Work

Although it’s summer, for the past few weeks I’ve been wearing a pair of black leggings with a dedication bordering on obsession. But let me explain  —  these are no ordinary leggings. Every now and again, a pair of ‘magic’ leggings hits our shelves, with claims to eliminate cellulite.

Post-sport compression-wear works in a similar way to socks designed to combat deep vein thrombosis when flying, or the stockings given to  people after operations to assist blood circulation while they’re in a hospital. The fabric exerts a gentle, comfortable squeeze on the limbs to improve blood flow and enhance lymphatic drainage.

The new ‘slim’ version of the leggings contains anti-cellulite ingredients, including caffeine (to boost circulation), retinol (to improve skin tone), and aloe vera (for skin-softening). These are packed into microscopic capsules and woven tightly into the yarn.

I rather doubted these ingredients would be able to exert any influence on the skin — or the cellulite beneath it — but have been shown clinical data to the contrary. Moreover, if you wear them for eight hours a day, for 28 days, trials have shown that you should lose 2cm from your waist and thighs. That did it. I grabbed a pair, put them on and — three weeks later — have hardly taken them off.

And what have I found? Once they are on, you hardly notice them, not least because their temperature-regulating fabric means that if it’s cold, they will hold a little more moisture and help warm you up, and if it’s hot, they will whisk moisture away from your skin to cool you down.