Cosmetic methods to combat cellulite

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Last reviewed: 23.04.2024

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Anti-cellulite drugs are usually released in the form of gels and creams, and anti-cellulite biologically active substances (BAS) are included in lotions, soaps and scrubs.

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A popular component of anti-cellulite cosmetics are brown seaweed kelp and fucus. In English-speaking countries they are called "sea weeds" (seaweed), and in Russian-speaking ones - "sea cabbage". The most common types of laminaria (Laminaria japonica, L. Ochroleuca, L. Digitata, L. Saccharina) and fusiform vesiculosis (Fucus vesiculosis). Extracts of algae stimulate beta-adreno-receptors of fat cells and enhance lipolysis, improve water-salt metabolism in subcutaneous adipose tissue and outflow of tissue fluid, remove toxins and cell life products, increase skin and vascular tone.

The second most common component is xanthine derivatives (caffeine, etc.) either in pure form or in the form of plant extracts. These extracts of coffee (Coffea arabica, contains caffeine, theobromine), cocoa (Theobroma cacao, caffeine, theobromine), guarana (Paulinia cupana, caffeine, theophylline, xanthine, guanine, hypoxanthine), cola (Cola acuminata, caffeine, theobromine, colanin) , tea (Thea sinensis; caffeine, theobromine, theophylline, xanthine, dimethylxanthine), mate (Ilex paraguariensis, caffeine, theobromine).

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Also in anti-cellulite cosmetics are added antioxidant vitamins C and E, as well as vitamins B5 and B6, necessary for normal regeneration of skin cells.


Thalassotherapy is the oldest method of combating cellulite. This is the use of the beneficial effects of the marine environment: climate, water, mud, algae, sand and other components extracted from the sea. The course of thalassotherapy can improve the state of the nervous and endocrine systems, on which the balance of lipo-lipase and lipogenesis depends, as well as water-salt metabolism.


Wraps are one of the modifications of thalassotherapy. In modern cosmetology, wrappings based on brown seaweed are widely practiced with the addition of other components of plant origin (in combination with massage and use (before and after wrapping) of scrubs, peelings, lotions, sprays and creams).


With mesotherapy, micro-quantities of cocktails composed of anti-cellulite components are injected into the skin, which then slowly spread from the injection area to the surrounding tissues and presumably "melt" the fat deposits, tone the vessels, reduce swelling, stimulate cell respiration, etc. This allows you to deliver all these substances into the subcutaneous tissue, and delivered locally, without spreading them throughout the body.

All herbal ingredients that are included in anti-cellulite cosmetics are extracts of Asian centa (Gothu kola), coffee, cocoa and tea, brown and red seaweed (Laminaria japonica, L. Digitata, L. Sacharina, Fucus vesiculosus), cola, guarana, ginkgo , horse chestnut, etc. - can be included in the composition of mesotherapeutic cocktails. To stimulate respiration and cell metabolism, carnitine, coenzyme Q10, is used.

Mud Treatment

Mud therapy, like thalassotherapy, is also an ancient method of combating cellulite. Healing mud is a complex natural biochemical complex that exerts a multifaceted influence on the human body. The composition of therapeutic mud depends on the origin - dirt is silt, sapropel, peat, etc., from estuaries, salt and freshwater lakes, etc. Dirt retains heat for a long time and slowly gives it to the body during the procedure. Vessels under the influence of thermal therapy expand, improves blood and lymph flow. In addition, therapeutic mud contains a number of BAS - mineral and organic compounds, vitamins and biogenic stimulants, and some components of mud sorb skin secretions, helping to cleanse the skin.

Lymphatic drainage

In aesthetic medicine, the courses of instrumental lymphatic drainage occupy one of the leading places in body modeling programs. Lymph drainage is perfectly combined with other methods of cellulite treatment (wraps, creams, dietary supplements, diets) and enhances their positive result.

Hardware effects affect many processes in the connective and muscular tissues, helping to ease stagnant phenomena. When using massages, creams with menthol, camphor, aminophylline or theophylline often stimulate lipolysis.

Cosmetics against cellulite

It is known that the leading role in the pathogenesis of cellulite is played by:

  • local hypertrophy of fat cells (adipocytes);
  • violation of microcirculation with the appearance of edema;
  • inflammation;
  • proliferation of connective (fibrous) tissue.

Therefore, a competent program for correcting the figure is constructed in such a way as to ensure:

  • accelerated cleavage of triglycerides in adipose tissue to fatty acids (activation of lipolysis, blocking of mechanisms inhibiting lipolysis, stimulation of blood circulation);
  • utilization (burning) of fatty acids (stimulation of blood circulation and muscle contraction);
  • elimination of edema and stagnant phenomena (stimulation of blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, strengthening of vessel walls, anti-varicose therapy).

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