The use of retinol in cellulite creams can help reduce the appearance of cellulite when used for a period of two to three months.
Results get even better when a healthy diet and physical activity program are followed at the same time.
When applied to the skin, retinol is converted to retinoic acid. This acid is a component of vitamin A, which is used in creams to treat acne and early signs of aging. Retinoic acid stimulates collagen growth and normalizes the skin’s reproductive process. It can be effective and give the skin a smoother and plumper appearance.
Because cellulite is caused by fatty deposits that appear just below the skin’s surface, using retinol to treat cellulite can be effective in tightening the skin covering those fatty deposits. This can make the fat less visible, but you can’t really get rid of it. The benefits obtained from using retinol against cellulite are mostly cosmetic and rather short-term in nature.
If you have previously relied solely on retinol lotions and creams to fight cellulite, you may need to continue using these products. This is because vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is metabolized by the body. The effect tends to be cumulative and the skin’s reproductive process returns to its previous state once you stop using retinol.
One of the most effective ways to combat the appearance of cellulite is controlled weight loss and regular exercise.
Cellulite can be effectively reduced if you exercise regularly. Cardiovascular activity helps reduce overall body fat composition and build muscle. Muscle-strengthening exercises that target the lower body can be effective in reducing cellulite in women. Because women tend to accumulate more fat in the hip and muscle areas, lower body exercises help build and strengthen muscles.
Performing exercises that target these skin areas can lead to a more beautiful complexion. It is not that the fat reserves decrease, but that the muscles also increase and thus the surface under the skin is stretched. Strength training and exercise, combined with a healthy diet, are the most effective long-term treatments for cellulite.
Despite strenuous exercise and a healthy diet, some women still suffer from cellulite. In this case, the cause of the persistent cellulite must be genetic. In these cases, the use of retinol, always in combination with proper diet and exercise, can prove to be more beneficial. While many experts disagree on the overall effectiveness of retinol for cellulite, everyone seems to agree that it improves skin’s texture and appearance.