The key to preventing cellulite is managing your weight. Be mindful of your diet, choosing low fat foods over greasy dishes, exercising regularly, and minimizing stress.
Activities that pair burning fat and building muscle are ideal for prevention.
Product treatments: With a 40% spike in cellulite fighting creams introduced to the market in 2008, alone, it's easy to be left wondering which ones (fingers crossed) work. Yet treatments may still only reduce cellulite by 25-50%, if they work at all - and even then, these small improvements may be short-lived. Results can disappear as quickly as 24 hours later. Many cellulite fighting creams contain retinol and tretinoin, like Neutrogena Anti-Cellulite Treatment with retinol (under $20), RoC Retinol Actif Pur Anti-Cellulite Treatment (under $30), and Revitol (under $100).
Revitol also boasts the inclusion of caffeine, which supposedly speeds the metabolism and decrease the size of fat cells. Another helpful chemical is theophylline, which can dehydrate and temporarily shrink fat cells. Murad Firm and Tone Serum uses cayenne pepper extract to improve circulation. (Spicy!) A 6.75 ounce bottle sells for $77.