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What Is the Best Way To Fight Aqueous Cellulite?

Aqueous cellulite is often caused by a microcirculation disorder and leads to an irregular appearance of the skin. Let's find out together what aqueous cellulite is and what tips there are to fight it.

Published February 29, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 5 min read

Aqueous Cellulite: What Is It?

Aqueous cellulite is caused by water retained in the skin tissue of the subcutaneous layer, forming swelling and edema. It forms a bump on the skin (capiton) that feels soft but is not painful when touched.

The skin consists of three main layers: the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. The epidermis, the top layer, has a protective function and is covered with the hydrolipidic film. The dermis is thick and elastic. Among other things, it contains the sebaceous glands that produce sebum. Finally, the hypodermis is the deepest layer of the skin. It consists mainly of fat cells, serves as an energy reserve and has a heat-insulating function. The fat cells are held together by collagen fibers.

The Causes of Aqueous Cellulite

Aqueous cellulite often occurs on the lower limbs (thighs, calves and ankles). It is caused mainly by a disorder of venous and lymphatic circulation. The adipocytes slow down the removal of water and toxins, which are deposited in the connective tissue and make the skin appear wavy, so that it begins to deform. People affected by cellulite with water retention often complain of heavy legs.

Tight clothing or shoes can exacerbate this poor circulation, as can excessive salt consumption. When tissues have a high salt concentration, they attract and hold water, making it difficult to drain. Genetics can also be responsible for the development of aqueous cellulite: The strength of veins and lymphatic vessels, which is closely related to the efficiency of blood circulation, depends in part on our genetic makeup. Finally, an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone levels, the female hormones, may be responsible for increased permeability of blood capillaries. This leads to abnormal flow into the adipose tissue, which promotes water accumulation in the subcutaneous tissue.

Solutions To Fight Aqueous Cellulite

There are several solutions to prevent the appearance of aqueous cellulite or soften its appearance.

Certain Daily Routines

Certain daily actions or practices help prevent the appearance of aqueous cellulite and limit its development.

  • Balanced diet: as mentioned above, a diet rich in salt promotes the development of cellulite. To prevent it, you should eat a varied diet and drink plenty of water.

  • Regular physical activity: water sports are especially good for preventing water retention. They are practiced in cold water and provide better blood circulation. In addition, the water has a massaging effect on the skin.

  • Massages: Palper-Rouler stimulates blood circulation and drains the skin. The application of an invigorating care, such as our body cream with caffeine or our body scrub with green coffee, completes the effect and contributes to the smoothing and firming of the skin. In particular, caffeine has a decongestant and draining effect and is able to improve blood and lymphatic circulation. This characteristic is directly related to its ability to break down fats and toxins. When these accumulate in the blood, they can be responsible for a loss of efficiency of the microcirculation and promote the development of cellulite.

Aesthetic Medicine

Once aqueous cellulite has taken hold, certain aesthetic medicine techniques can be utilized to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

  • Shock waves: These acoustic waves stimulate and improve blood and lymph circulation. After treatment, there may be mild pain and irritation that gradually subsides over the next few days. However, people with pacemakers and pregnant women are not advised to use shock waves.

  • Mesotherapy: this technique involves injecting active substances that have draining properties. In particular, silicon can increase the elasticity and tone of the vessels to stimulate venous return and microcirculation. After the injection, sometimes a small reaction edema or skin redness occurs. These are normal reactions that subside after a few hours or days.

Sources :

  • RAWLINGS A. Cellulite and its treatment. International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2006).

  • HERMAN A. & al. Caffeine's mechanisms of action and its cosmetic use. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology (2013). 

  • SADICK N. Treatment for cellulite. International Journal of Women’s Dermatology (2018).


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