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Cayenne Pepper

This potent herb, also known as Capsicum frutescens, is made from the dehydrated pods of chili peppers. Used to treat a variety of health conditions and skin problems, Cayenne Pepper is often incorporated into home remedies which claim to reduce cellulite naturally.

Coffee Grounds

Cellulite is a form of fat that accumulates as a result of blood flow but caffeine is known to fight cellulite because it increases blood flow. So, when you apply caffeinated coffee mixed with hand cream on your cellulite you will improve the vascularization (the formation of blood vessels) of these areas, allowing easier cellulite breakdown and the removal of toxins.

Epsom Salt

For some, an Epsom Salt bath has been found to be useful for treating severe or persistent cellulite. The Epsom Salt bath is designed to encourage perspiration and help draw toxins out so they can be eliminated from the surface of your skin.

Seaweed

Seaweed is a term used to describe a wide variety of marine plant life, including algae. The specific types of seaweed most frequently used in anti-cellulite preparations are bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) and Atlantic kelp (Laminaria digitata). Neither type of seaweed is rare or endangered.

Coenzyme-A

A number of cellulite creams contain Coenzyme-A as one of their active ingredients. Coenzyme-A stands out as a cellulite treatment because of its involvement in the synthesis and oxidization of fatty acids.

Vitamin A (Retinol)

Many of today’s cellulite treatments include Retinol (a form of Vitamin A) as an active ingredient, but they fail to mention the drawbacks of using topical Retinol. When retinoic acid is applied directly to the skin it can cause a considerable amount of irritation and photo-sensitivity.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays a vital role in reducing cellulite due to its ability to improve circulation and assist the body in synthesizing collagen. What this means is that unsightly pockets of fat are diminished more easily through a natural process and are less likely to return.

Vitamin E

As a potent, fat-soluble antioxidant, Vitamin E not only works as an anti-aging agent but it also helps protect veins and arteries and assists the body in delivering increased oxygen to the skin’s living layers. For cellulite sufferers, this means that Vitamin E helps the body more efficiently flush out the toxins and fat deposits that are responsible for the characteristic appearance of cellulite.

Algae

Algae is similar to seaweed in terms of its make-up and its utility in reducing cellulite. Green algae is an effective skin care product, generally speaking. However its methods of action don't help to diminish either the appearance or the underlying causes of algae. Spas offering algae wraps for cellulite reduction may help to tone the skin but will not significantly improve your cellulite.

Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica)

Centella asiatica extract, commonly known as Gotu Kola, is derived from the roots and leaves of the plant scientifically known as Hydrocotyle Centella asiatica. When it comes to treating cellulite, Centella asiatica extract has been found to be a quite versatile herb with a range of uses for skin care. Chiefly, the active components of Centella asiatica extract work effectively to restore the macromolecules that give the skin its elastic quality

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is known to have at least one ingredient that can directly impact cellulite: theobromine. Theobromine is an alkaloid that can penetrate the skin. It is known to stimulate the release of stored fat (similar to the effects of caffeine on cellulite). In addition, green tea extract may contain caffeine which is another good candidate for cellulite reduction.

Kukui Nut Oil

By itself, kukui nut oil is unlikely to have a strong effect on cellulite. It is speculated that kukui nut oil and mango butter have a similar effect, which is a gentle stimulation of the body's own collagen production. But this does not help fight cellulite. Kukui nut oil is best viewed as a base for a skin care preparation, as an effective natural moisturizer, and nothing more.

Aminophylline

Aminophylline is a medication usually prescribed for asthma patients. It is a bronchodilator which opens the lung passageway. Aminophylline works by relaxing muscles in your lungs and chest to allow more air in. As an oral medication, aminophylline must be prescribed by a doctor. However, many people are using aminophylline topically to reduce cellulite. When used topically, aminophylline does not require a prescription.

Bladderwrack

Indigenous to the coasts of North America and the Strait of Gibraltar, Bladderwrack is a living plant generally found on underwater rocks. The Bladderwrack Extract derived from this plant is useful for a number of purposes, especially as a component of cellulite cream. When incorporated into a cellulite cream, the diuretic properties of Bladderwrack Extract really shine as it effectively eliminates the surplus of fluids which become trapped in the skin’s layers.

Bupleurum Falcatum Extract

Bupleurum Falcatum, also known as Chinese Thoroughwax, has been regarded as one the most essential herbs used in the practice of Oriental medicine. When it comes to getting rid of cellulite, Bupleurum Falcatum lipolysis (the process of breaking down stored fat) and heightens Cyclic AMP levels (an enzyme that’s instrumental in breaking down fat).

Caffeine

When used topically, caffeine has some very interesting effects. Primarily, caffeine seems to reduce fat content in cells. Scientists believe that caffeine interferes with the action of an enzyme called phosphodiesterase. Phosphodiesterase is a chemical that the body uses to prevent the breakdown of fat. So by preventing this enzyme from doing its job, caffeine helps to reduce cellulite by encouraging the body to burn the fatty tissue known as cellulite.

Glaucine

Derived from Glaucium Flavum or Horned Poppy flower, Glaucine is an alkaloid which has long been used for pharmaceutical, dermatological and cosmetic purposes  As an innovative new ingredient in the skin care industry, Glaucine is being used by today’s leading manufacturers of anti-cellulite creams. When it comes to getting rid of cellulite, Glaucine is most effective for diminishing the fat deposits and water retention so common among cellulite sufferers.

L-Carnitine

L-Carnitine is an amino acid which occurs naturally in the human body. The primary purpose of L-Carnitine is to help the body metabolize fat. Because of its ability to help the body to oxidize fat and more effectively convert stored fat into energy, L-Carnitine is often included in anti-cellulite creams.

Retinyl Palmitate

As a powerful form of Vitamin A, Retinyl Palmitate is converted into retinol when it permeates the skin. Once absorbed, the retinol is changed into retinoic acid which encourages mitotic activity by weakening the bond follicular cells. Retinyl Palmitate serves as an excellent cellulite reducer primarily due to its ability to encourage skin renewal. As a potent type of Vitamin A, Retinyl Palmitate enhances collagen production as it helps tighten and firm problem areas.

Silicon Resin

Silicone Resin is the tern used to describe a type of synthetic material that is often used to make adhesives, coatings, paints and varnishes. Several of the cellulite creams offered on today’s market contain Silicone Resin. Formulas with this ingredient tend to be greasier than others, lacking the light feeling which makes for comfortable application and daily use.

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