Cellulite describes dimpling of skin, caused by the protrusion of subcutaneous fat into the dermis. “Cellulite is hereditary, so much so that the indications of who will get it, and to what degree, are present almost from birth,” noted dermatologist Amy Newburger, MD, director of Dermatology Consultants of Westchester in Scarsdale, N.Y. Newburger says that creams and lotions whose key ingredient is a methylxanthine such as caffeine may be beneficial. “Caffeine creams work great to pull fluids out of the spaces between cells and induce lipolysis – fat burning in the layer just below the skin’s surface.” Newburger says a good delivery system to drive the creams into the cells, like liposome technology, is also important.
Caffeine is effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite, improving micro circulation, and strengthening skin tone and firmness. Researchers have found that caffeine creams reduce fat cells in skin, with visible results in about eight weeks. In a double-blind, single-center, placebo-controlled study, a liposome-encapsulated caffeine-based cream was found to significantly reduce the thickness of the adipose tissue in all areas of the body. In addition, the more concentrated cream was significantly more effective than the less concentrated cream in the areas of the hips and the triceps.
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Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) has a long history as a traditional medicine for improving skin tone and firmness. Studies show that Gotu Kola can reduce the appearance of cellulite by preventing and reversing the formation of fibrous connective structures that “trap” fat. Grape Seed extract is well known for its antioxidant properties and has been shown to improve circulation, strengthen connective tissues, and reduce the effects of aging on the skin. It also inhibits the enlargement of fat cells and the accumulation of fat tissues, thus improving the appearance of cellulite.
It is very important that preparations are massaged into the skin. Hygroscopic moisturizers are also recommended.
Harry’s Cosmeticology, 8th Ed. (Rieger)
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