Cellulite typically forms on the upper thighs, buttocks and abdomen when the connective tissues weakens as we age, allowing fat cells to bulge through the open spaces, creating a bumpy appearance. While there is no lotion on the market that will obliterate unsightly cellulite for good, some creams are touted for dramatically reducing the appearance of dimpled skin for up to 24 hours. Many contain natural ingredients such as caffeine, seaweed, herbs, spices and bioflavonoids to break down or dehydrate fat cells, making skin appear smoother. Experts say those made with caffeine and theophylline work best. A study published in 2007 in the Journal of Clinical Dermatology found that most of the women who used cream composed mainly of caffeine saw their average thigh measurement shrink by half an inch. The results are not permanent, however, and dependent on regular product use, according to Dr. Leslie Baumann of Baumann Cosmetic and Research Institute.
Bliss Fat Girl Sleep
One best-selling cellulite cream is Bliss Fat Girl Sleep, a night-time treatment formulated which releases dimple diminishers for up to 6 hours. The active ingredients at work are red algae extract, which promotes micro-circulation and reduces excess water retention, and sacred lotus extract, which promotes skin firming and the breakdown of fat while reducing fat storage and inflammation. It also contains soothing lavender.
Clarins High Definition Body Lift
This body sculpting product redefines the hips and thighs, minimizing the appearance of cellulite while contouring curves with dual toning and smoothing action. The active ingredients include blue button flower, which releases fatty deposits; baccharis, to strengthen collagen fibers that keep skin firm; and a blend of sunflower extract and horse chestnut, which increases the penetration of caffeine. It also uses maritime pine extract to increase the skin's micro-circulation.
Bliss Fat Girl Slim
This anti-cellulite cream, when applied twice daily, is said to visibly diminish skin dimples thanks to QuSome-encapsulated caffeine molecules. Some users noticed skin was firmer and slimmer after using the cream and reported a reduction in the appearance of cellulite.
Korres Black Tea & Verbena Cream-Gel
This cream-gel uses caffeine in combination with black tea and verbena extracts to reduce fat accumulation. The formula is easily absorbed into the skin, and its other ingredients, ivy, centella and ruscus, invigorate micro-circulation, reducing the dimple-effect of the skin.
A best-seller by Tarte Cosmetics, Tarte celluFIGHT contains caffeine to reduce buildup of fat tissue under the skin as well as a self-tanner to mask the appearance of dimples. The cream uses plant and bio-nutrient extracts to boost cellular metabolism, shedding excess fat tissue. A key ingredient is green tea leaf extract. The caffeine helps to stimulate blood flow immediately reducing “the orange peel” effect on problem areas
Murad Firm and Tone Serum
Murad's Firm and Tone Serum is a caffeine-containing serum formulated with encapsulated liposomes that deliver cayenne pepper, cat's claw, horse chestnut and tiger's herb extract direct to the skin to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.
Nivea Good-bye Cellulite 30-Day Body Beauty Program
This product by Nivea fights cellulite from the inside using a cream and dietary supplement. The cream is said to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of dimples. The accompanying dietary supplement, taken three times daily, works to promote lean muscle mass.
Estée Lauder’s Body Performance Slim Shape + Anti-Cellulite/Anti-Fluid
Estée Lauder’s best-selling original cellulite formula, Body Performance Slim Shape + Anti-Cellulite/Anti-Fluid, is said to contain a contouring serum. Product makers claim it reduces excess fat from under the skin while improving skin structure through something called FluidMotion Technology, which promotes skin sleekness. The active ingredients in this product are conjugated linoleic acid, St. Paulswort extract and a bio-peptide.
Cellex-C Body Smoothing Lotion
This non-greasy lotion is said to moisturize, firm and reduce visible signs of aging, while minimizing the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin. The cream uses 15 percent L-ascorbic acid to promote collagen production and lycopene to prevent age spots and sagging skin. Other ingredients include hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
L'Occitane Almond Delightful Shape
This caffeine-infused cellulite cream uses a patented complex, composed of almond proteins, silicium and essential oils of immortelle, peppermint and palmarosa, that promotes and stimulates skin micro-circulation while helping drain away excess water and toxins.The complex is complemented by quinoa extract, which helps prevent the formation of new fat, and lemon essential oil, which, when combined with caffeine, enhances the complex's contouring action.