Cellulite 'cure' sales drive
A HERBAL remedy that claims to banish cellulite could be on sale in Britain within months, the manufacturers said yesterday. Cellasene first went on sale in Australia, where the entire supply of 90,000 boxes costing Pounds 20 each sold out within hours.
The remedy - a mixture of evening primrose oil, seaweed, gingko biloba and sweet clover extract, among other herbs - may arrive in Britain in March. But Boots said it wanted more tests before it would consider stocking the product. A spokeswoman said: "We have asked for more rigorous clinical trials of the product to be conducted. These trials are currently taking place and the results are due at the end of December."
Anthony Chu, consultant dermatologist at Hammersmith Hospital, West London, said: "We have evaluated a lot of preparations sold for (cellulite) and they all proved hopeless. If a little bit of diet doesn't work, then nothing will."
Cellulite occurs when hair follicles on the surface of the skin connect to the layers of fat stored beneath it, he said. As a person became fatter the hair follicle was tugged down into the skin, causing characteristic "dimpling".