Smooth success with cellulite cream

Almost all women are annoyed by cellulite. After all, around 80 percent are affected by the unsightly dimples and waves. Do new cellulite and body oils, which are supposed to boost collagen synthesis, among other things, bring new hope? A field report from the editorial team.

First some info:,Cellulite was first described in England in the 1960s as an “unsightly appearance” of the skin. It is often colloquially referred to as cellulite. But this is wrong from a medical point of view.

The term cellulitis describes a process in the subcutaneous tissue caused by a bacterial infection, i.e. an inflammation. Cellulite is not a disease in the classical sense. It is a purely aesthetic problem. In women, cellulite develops in the subcutaneous adipose tissue as pads with slight congestion of the lymph.

The adipose tissue is traversed by connective collagen strands (retinacula cutis) in lattice-like subdivisions. These structures swell more and more with hormonal changes, lack of exercise and/or one-sided, fatty diet. Smoking is of course also poison for cellulite, because nicotine consumption additionally weakens the connective tissue. The aim of cosmetic treatments should therefore be to optimize the collagen fibers.

Cosmetically, three stages of cellulite are usually distinguished:

  1. Visible dimples during a gentle pinch test.
  2. Visible dents when standing, but not (yet) when lying down
  3. The dents are also visible when lying down

Do I need to mention at this point that men are usually spared from the dents because they have a different structure of connective tissue? Most of the time they do. However, stress can also cause deterioration of the skin’s appearance and therefore even men can be affected.

Here we go, I’m testing: the first time I apply the various cellulite lotions, and oils, I’m already quite curious. How does the lotion or oil feel? Do the products possibly make skin red? No, for me none of the lotions and oils tested caused redness (and I’m pretty sensitive!) Do they smell any way? Yes, most of them fresh and pleasant. So all good. I repeat the whole program now as daily as the groundhog greets and try to spot the smallest changes.

After two weeks, I take the first inventory of my cellulite and think it’s a bit like I thought in advance: Not much has happened. Both legs look very trim now but still wavy. Although I think the right leg feels a little firmer when I put cream on it. Am I imagining it? But two weeks is also no time for a long-term test. And besides, it’s no wonder that an instant effect is missing. The lotion deliberately avoids ingredients such as dehydrating caffeine. This would bring a short-term effect, but unfortunately has no long-term effect as we know from experience.

Cellulite creams in test – My personal favorites

Nazan Schnapp – My clear winner

So I keep on creaming. The third week. Quite disciplined. Every morning. Without cheating. Right leg, right arm with the “Lightweight Treatment Body Firming Gold” by Nazan Schnapp, left leg, left arm, with my body lotion. Check after the third week. The tissue of the right thigh feels firmer, dents somewhat reduced. Then it’s time to check the arms. And there I am amazed. On the backs of my upper arms, I clearly feel that the skin has tightened up and my right “bingo wing” is barely visible. The left arm is completely different, there is still a clear bump and clearly too much skin in the wrong place.

This motivates me and I now cream both arms and legs evenly. I’m curious how the skin looks after two or three months! Because just in time for the party season I want to make a good figure.

To my Cellulite Star

African Botanics

I find this interesting – there are more and more body oils that are supposed to provide a firmer body. The “Firming Botanical Body Oil” from African Botanics is a cold-pressed oil that is supposed to not only firm the skin’s appearance, but also regenerate it. The firming effect is provided by the extract of wild-harvested marula fruit as well as grape seed oil. The Western Cape-inspired fragrance of green rooibos tea and honey bush leaves a sweet, fresh scent on the skin. My conclusion: The oil is absorbed super fast, leaves a fresh feeling and improves the complexion sustainably.

Augustine Bader

The products of Augustinus Bader have now cult status. After being pretty excited about the facial care, I’m looking forward to testing the body care. This product is also inspired by 30 years of research. The Body Oil is designed to promote skin elasticity. The formula combines patented TFC8®, a complex of natural amino acids, high-quality vitamins and synthesized molecules that stimulate natural skin repair. Nourishing plant oils such as olive and argan, as well as moisturizing squalane, provide the skin with extra moisture, thereby smoothing the complexion. My conclusion: the skin is super cared for, silky soft and gets a new glow.

Augustus Bader

Legology

The care oil is also used therapeutically because of its detoxifying and stimulating effect. The aromatherapeutic mix provides a clearly tangible and visible effect.

Leology

Sarah Chapman

An extremely effective massager: it consists of 12 special rolling heads and 72 massage nodules. The rolling heads stimulate the lymphatic system, drain toxins, reduce swelling and improve skin texture. The nodules massage in depth, can relieve muscle tension and stimulate blood circulation when used regularly. They help – especially if you use a cellulite product at the same time – to model, smooth, tone and define the body.

Sarah Chapman

Cellulite was first described in England in the 1960s as an “unsightly appearance” of the skin. It is often colloquially referred to as cellulite. However, this is incorrect from a medical point of view. The term cellulitis describes a process in the subcutaneous tissue caused by a bacterial infection, i.e. an inflammation. Cellulite is not a disease in the classical sense. It is a purely aesthetic problem. In women, cellulite develops in the subcutaneous fatty tissue as pads with slight congestion of lymph. The fatty tissue is crossed by connective collagen strands (retinacula cutis) in lattice-like subdivisions. These structures swell more and more with hormonal changes, lack of exercise and/or one-sided, fatty diet. Smoking is of course also poison for cellulite, because nicotine consumption additionally weakens the connective tissue. The aim of cosmetic treatments should therefore be to optimize the collagen fibers.

Cosmetically, three stages of cellulite are usually distinguished:

  1. Visible dimples during a gentle pinch test
  2. Visible dents when standing, but not (yet) when lying down
  3. The dents are also visible when lying down

Do I need to mention at this point that men are usually spared from the dents because they have a different structure of connective tissue? Most of the time they do. However, stress can also cause a deterioration of the skin’s appearance and therefore even men can be affected.