Help From Nature part 2 -Topical Use

In the market one may find many cosmetic products different specific effects against some of the causes leading into the onset of liposclerosis. It is essential to know how they act in order to choose the most suitable product. We know that one of the main causes is poor blood and lymphatic circulation, which causes fluid to stagnate in the lower limbs. Therefore, also in the case of products for topical use, it is fundamental to rely on vasotonic plant substances that improve microcirculation and favor the elimination of edema and toxins; the best known are: Centella asiatica, butcher's broom, horse chestnut, ivy, witch hazel, bilberry, grape seed and rutin.

 In liposclerosis, even the most superficial tissues(skin) lose elasticity and tone. It is thus fundamental to always keep your skin soft and elastic by using vegetable oils and butters, such as  avocado, jojoba, almond, and karité.

The tendency to accumulate fat can be counteracted buy substances with a lipolytic action, such as caffeine (extracted from plant derivatives such as cola nut, Coffee seeds and leaves, tea leaves),  algae (which contain iodine), rhodysterol, iodized poppy seeds oil, cetyl oidide, iodoamine, theophylline.

The  Brown algae  blocks lipogenesis (i.e. The formation of fat) and activates lipolysis. The use of anti-inflammatory substances ( ivy  and incense oil extract) and substances with and analgesic affect serves to reduce swelling and it in some cases pain. Alchemilla, ivy and horsetail  also act on elasticity of the vessels.

Escin and ederina  are saponins which are present and horse-chestnut seeds and in ivy leaves. They have excellent anti-edema properties and a positive effect on capillaries fragility and Permeability. Their action can improve vascular resistance and permeability, illuminating liquid stagnation and this tissues, and they have anti-inflammatory and anti-congestive effects.

Here is an easy-to-consult summary of the main functional substances.

  Functional substances for the treatment of cellulite (anti-edema and vasoprotectors that reduce the excessive permeability of capillaries and increase the elimination of stagnant liquids in the tissues): -butchers broom ruscogenins and horse chestnut (escin) saponines -ivy ederina - wild Rose, Rich in flavonoids and vitamin C -myrrh -centella asiatica glucosides(centella also has a toning action on the vessel walls) -Lemon balm -hops - pilosella

Draining - Burdock - Ivy - Nettle - Lemon Balm

Moving fats - Xanthine drugs (caffeine, theobromine) which can be found in kola and guarana -iodised derivatives such as iodoamine, cetyl iodide, organic iodine present in sea oak or in fucus and spirulina algae.

Thermoactive  substances present in cinnamon, capsicum and nicotinate.

Heating substances such as arnica, camphor, ginkgo, biloba flavonoids.

Firming and toning  substances like centella asiatica, hops, echinacea, ginseng, horsetail, avocado oil unsaponifiable matters, jojoba, wheat germ. 

The derivatives of salicylis acid, whose function is to reduce the sensation of compression, complete the functional substances list.

 Article From Professional Guide to Recognising and Treating Cellulite by Sabrina Valvassori

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