Do cellulite creams with retinol work?

  • Retinol is a common active ingredient in anti-cellulite creams, because of it's anti-adipogenic (fat-fighting) action.
  • However, retinol by itself is not enough to effectively reduce cellulite, because cellulite is a multi-faceted aesthetic problem. Water retention, connective tissue injury/deformity, inflammation and skin looseness are all aspects of cellulite that retinol can address.
  • Therefore, if you suffer from cellulite you should be looking for a proper cellulite cream, i.e. one that contains multiple active ingredients in high concentrations.
  • Furthermore, as high quantities of retinol can be toxic, the latest EU regulations restrict body creams with high concentrations of retinol. This practically means that retinol has to be just one of several - even ten or twenty - actives contained in one cream. And it might as well be, as in this way cellulite can be fought on many different fronts, for better and faster results.
  • So if you are looking for a retinol cream for cellulite, don't bother with a single-ingredient, retinol-only solution: for all the reasons outlined above, it is not going to work. Look instead for a real anti-cellulite cream with multiple actives in high concentrations, including retinol but not only.

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