"You’ve eaten chocolate this week haven’t you,” said my beauty therapist in surprised tone. How did she know? I was stripped down to my knickers, lying on my front waiting for her to start a cellulite-busting session when she made the remark. Yes, she knew my body well. This was my fifth visit to the specialist beauty clinic; I was halfway through a course of cellulite treatment that involved using high frequency ultrasound waves to break down trapped fat. And it was working. Alongside the regime I was following a strict healthy eating plan and drinking gallons of water. Miraculously, my cellulite appeared to be melting away. But this particular week I had suffered a relapse. Two chocolate bars and a packet of crisps. So how could she tell? “The area beneath your bottom is dark,” she explained. “It’s the toxins.” For the next five weeks I stuck rigidly to the diet and kept up with the sessions, scared of being scolded again. It paid off. I emerged from the salon sporting smooth, dimple free pins. That was ten years ago. Needless to say, I didn’t keep up the diet or the pricey ‘maintenance’ sessions. And now the cellulite is back. So imagine my delight when I stumbled across The Beauty Works Cellu Smooth home treatment system, and I was asked to review it for The Leg Room. The handheld device works using similar principles. You simply apply a think layer of conductive gel to the skin and roll the gadget over your problem areas. Painless, ultrasound waves penetrate the skin to mobilise fatty deposits and boost blood and lymph circulation. This encourages toxins to leave the body naturally. Of course, I never expected salon perfect results, but since using the £49.99 device – I have been left pleasantly surprised. After just six days the skin on my upper thighs feels smoother - the box recommends using regularly for eight weeks and then switching to two/ three times per week. Additionally, my legs look brighter in complexion and more contoured. Setting aside half an hour each day is by no means easy; you have to be disciplined. But with these results I will definitely keep this up. I’ve even decided to kick off a healthy eating to maximise results. Christmas may not be best time of year to start, but if I do occasionally slip up at least I won’t have that beauty therapist looking over my shoulder to point it out.
* Helen Gilbert is a freelance journalist who tweets at twitter.com/gilberthels