Retinol, a form of vitamin A, has been appearing as an active ingredient in cellulite creams to help reduce those ripples or cottage cheese looking hips, buttocks, and other areas where there are cellulite dimples and ripples on the skin.

So, in this article, apart from reviewing some of the best retinol creams for cellulite, we will also be looking into how effective retinol is for the reduction of cellulite.

Can Retinol Reduce Cellulite On its Own?

Retinol can’t really make cellulite disappear completely, however when used in the right amount and in combination with other active ingredients, retinol can help reduce cellulite or at least make it less noticeable.

What you need to keep in mind is that Retinol can be irritating to the skin. Retinyl Palmitate is a form of Retinol which is thought to be more gentle and less irritating than Retinol maybe because of the fact that it takes more time for it to be converted into retinoic acid.

So, Retinyl Palmitate can be as effective as retinol but it can be less irritating and take more time to work since the process that is followed is first to be converted to Retinol and then to retinoic acid whereas the process of retinol is only to convert to retinoic acid.

It might sound a bit difficult to understand these in the first place but after doing some research from different sources, this is what I concluded and trying to explain to you here in simple words.

So, when trying to find a good retinol cream for cellulite, it is always best to check the ingredients, any precautions given and tips how to use, while user reviews can also prove to be useful.

Still, what you need to know is that retinol won’t reduce cellulite alone. While it will improve the texture and look of your skin by thickening your skin´s outer layers to cover those bumpy areas, Caffeine, which is widely used in cellulite treatment creams, will also reduce the size of those fat cells and tighten the skin.

When using a retinol cream for cellulitis during the day, always apply a sunscreen afterwards since retinol can make your skin more sun sensitive. Also, avoid exposure to the sun as much as you can.

Reviewing the Best Retinol Cellulite Creams

After searching about the ingredients and reading a lot of useful information as well as user reviews for various retinol anti cellulite creams, we have been able to come up with a list of creams which are followed by a money back guarantee.

So, here is a review of these products:

InstaNatural Cellulite Cream

InstaNatural is a reputable company creating skincare products with natural and organic ingredients.

What I like about InstaNatural Cellulite Cream is that it contains all effective ingredients for cellulite and even more.

Together with retinol and caffeine, vitamins C and E are also included to boost this cream´s performance.

Organic cocoa butter and jojoba oil as well as shea butter and avocado oil are great natural moisturizing ingredients which make this formula even more beneficial.

The antioxidants contained such as green tea and vitamins C, B5 and E provide anti aging and in general skin health benefits.

One more thing that caught my attention relating to the company´s claims was that this product has the texture of a lotion which glides on easily and should therefore give users a pleasant feeling.

Product Features

  • Anti cellulite firming cream for both women and men.
  • Reduces cellulite, tones and tightens the skin.
  • Contains natural and organic ingredients.
  • 4 ounces product.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Lifetime satisfaction Money Back Guarantee.


The key ingredients are: Caffeine, retinol, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamins B5 and C. The rest of the ingredients are: Deionized Water, Organic Aloe Vera, Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Safflower Seed Oil, Witch Hazel, Bladderwrack, Caffeine, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Castor Seed Oil, Fragrance, Stearic Acid (Plant Derived), Sunflower Seed Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Green Tea, Sage Extract, Cinnamon Extract, Retinol, Vitamin B5, Vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Evening Primrose Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Hempseed Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Bayberry, Bugleweed , Butcher’s Broom, Cayenne, Devil’s Claw, Dong Quai, Elder Flower, Ginger, Goldenseal, Hawthorn, Shea Butter, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Wildcrafted Horsetail, Organic Gotu Kola, Algae Extract, Japanese Green Tea Leaf Extract, Palm Oil, Decyl Glucoside (plant derived), Glyceryl Caprylate (Natural Preservative), Sodium Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide (pH Modifier), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Ethylhexylglycerin (Preservative), Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Honeysuckle Extract (Natural Preservative.)

What the Reviews Say

Reviews and ratings for InstaNatural Cellulite Cream are very good. The most negative comment that users made was that few of them found the product´s scent somewhat off putting. However, several benefits that people have experienced include:

Reduced Ripples and Bumps: The majority of users noticed that this natural and organic cellulite cream reduced those ripples and bumps, leaving their hips, thighs and buttocks looking smoother and younger.

Holds in Skin´s Moisture: Most consumers agree that, within 1 or 2 uses, the skin areas on which they applied the product appeared less dry and felt softer to the touch. Several of them also stated that their skin felt healthier almost overnight.

Firms Skin: While it took anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month or more of continued use, most users said their skin became firmer and tighter while its overall texture was very much improved.

Ové Beauty Cellulite Cream

Ové Beauty Cellulite CreamOvé Beauty cellulite cream is a product that not only promises to reduce the appearance of cellulite, but also helps to fade stretch marks.

It contains retinol, caffeine and a number of antioxidant and moisturizing components including hyaluronic acid, vitamins B5 and E, green tea, jojoba oil, castor oil and others.

From what I was able to find out, this cream also contains Gotu Kola, an ingredient that makes skin smoother, cinnamon, which helps in circulation, and dandelion leaf that promotes excess water and toxins removal.

Product Features

  • Non Sticky Product.
  • Contains natural and organic ingredients.
  • Visibly minimizes the appearance of cellulite.
  • Makes the skin supple, smooth and toned.
  • Helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
  • Free of parabens, phthalate and petrolatum.
  • Cruelty free.
  • Comes in a 4 ounce container.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Unconditional money back guarantee.


Organic gotu kola, organic horsetail plant, organic geranium, organic comfrey, organic dandelion, glycolic acid, sweet almond oil, msm, stearyl alcohol, palm oil, stearic acid, vegetable glycerin, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, pink grapefruit essential oil, cinnamon, caffeine, green tea, hyaluronic acid, hydrogenated castor oil, peg 100 stearate, stearic acid, carbomer, sodium hydroxide, dimethicone, alpha lipoic acid, ceteth-20, magnesium aluminum silicate, titanium dioxide, sorbic acid, essential oils, methylisothiazolinone, allantoin, jojoba oil, shea butter, grapeseed , green/white tea, xanthan gum, vitamin E, vitamin A Retinol, vitamin B5, p-hydroxy benzoic acid, phenoxyethanol, FDA red #40 and blue #1.

This anti cellulite product contains many natural and organic ingredients which can only add to its benefits. It has a lot of antioxidants and in general components to help nurture and soften skin. Still, something that makes me a bit doubtful is the fact that in the ingredient list, retinol is listed almost in the end.

What the Reviews Say

Reviews for the Ové Beauty cellulite cream are very positive. Most users found it very effective in a variety of ways including:

Smooths out Bumps and Ripples: While people reported that it took some time (several weeks to a couple of months), they did notice a reduction in their bumps and ripples and that those problem areas looked much smoother.

Softer and More moisturized skin: Users found that this cream helped their skin retain more moisture, resulting in a softer and less dry looking skin.

Tightened skin: Several people mentioned that their skin became actually tighter, which made it also look healthier and younger.

Puressant Cellulite Reducing Cream

Puressant Cellulite CreamPuressant was a relatively unknown for me skincare brand up until their retinol cellulite cream caught my attention, although from what I could see, they also create some other interesting natural skin care products.

Puressant Cellulite cream promises to promote slimming and firming of your skin as well.

It is worthwhile noticing here that this product contains retinyl palmitate, a potentially less irritating form of retinol, which takes a bit more time to bring results, though.

Product Features

Its active ingredients are: Caffeine, retinol and organic herbal infusion.
Promises to reduce the cellulite layer more than 90% in a few weeks.
Tones and tightens loose skin.
Makes skin more elastic and smooth.
4 ounce container.
Made in the USA.
100% money back guarantee.


Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Vera, Palm Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Caffeine, Organic Safflower Oil, PAcrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-Guanidinopentanoic Acid, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Organic Green Tea, Retinyl Palmitate, Citric Acid.

What the Reviews Say

Reviews and ratings for Puressant cellulite reducing cream are above average with only a few users stating that this product did not work so well for them. The vast majority of people gave the following feedback:

Cellulite Effective: The majority of users stated that they were pleased with the results although to a few of them, it took some time to see those results. There were also few others who didn´t experience positive anti cellulite results.

Smoother Skin: Users found that their skin looked and felt a lot smoother after use. They also stated that the ripples caused by cellulite were greatly reduced after several weeks of use.

Tightened and Toned Skin: Most people and especially those who had experienced weight loss, said that this cellulite body treatment cream helped to tighten and tone their skin, leaving their legs, hips, and even the area under their arms looking smaller and more toned.

Light scent: People love how light scented or, for some others, scent free this cream is.

Reasonably priced: Some users mentioned how reasonably priced this product is.

Epique Beauty Firming Body Cream

Epique Beauty Body CreamAnother anti cellulite and slimming contour cream which contains retinyl palmitate, Epique firming body cream promises to eliminate cellulite, firm your body and help you reshape it together with exercise through a combination of dermatologically approved and clinically tested ingredients.

Product Features

  • Anti cellulite cream and body firming lotion.
  • Reduces fat accumulation.
  • Free of parabens.
  • Comes in a 4 ounce container.
  • Made in the USA.
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee.


Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Carnitine,Caffeine, Green Tea, Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Methyl Nicotinate, CollagenIngredients: Deionized Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, SD Alcohol, Ethoxydiglycol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Perfluorononyl Carboxydecyl PEG-10 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Castor Seed Oil, Dipropylene Glycol Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Maltodextrin, Caffeine, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Carnitine, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cysteic Acid, Pantetheine Sulfonate, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Orange Oil, Green Tea Extract , Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Collagen, Lecithin, Alcohol, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Cat’s Claw Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Limonene, Peppermint Oil, Chondroitin Sulfate, Acrylates/C 10-30 Alkyl Acryalte Crosspolymer, Lactic Acid, Linalool, Menthol, Salicylic Acid, Methyl Nicotinate, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol, Xanthan Gum.

It can sometimes happen that I discover some weird named skincare ingredients  which I have never heard of before, and the following ingredient certainly belongs to this category. Its name is ‘Cat´s claw extract’ and it really made me wonder but luckily after a quick googling, I found that it was a plant..phew!!

This cream also contains collagen as well as some types of alcohol which can be irritating to sensitive skin such as alcohol and benzyl alcohol. Still, from what I was able to discover, benzyl alcohol is thought to be safe when it is contained in 1% or less than that concentrations.

What the Reviews Say

Ratings and reviews for the Epique Beauty Firming Body Cream are very good. There are few if any complaints regarding this cellulite cream, and most users have experienced the following benefits when using it regularly.

Softens and Moisturizes skin: People have mentioned that it softened their skin and helped it retain more of its natural moisture.

Tightens skin: The vast majority thought that this cream actually had a slight skin tightening effect within a couple of weeks of using it.

Less Visible Ripples: With continued use, most users concluded that those cellulite ripples were less noticeable and appeared to be smaller and smoother.

Sieva Skincare Body Slim Cellulite Cream

Sieva Skincare Cellulite CreamSieva Skincare Cellulite Cream contains some ingredients that don´t appear in the previous creams such as Coenzyme-A, Glaucine and L-carnitine. Also, this product includes retinyl palmitate like the two previous creams.

According to the company´s information about the ingredients used in their anti cellulite formula, Coenzyme-A and Glaucine are fat burning ingredients while L-carnitine promotes the burning of fatty acids and the conversion of them to energy.

After reading the company claims, I could say that it is a bit perplexing to find out how soon you will notice results since it is not so clear, still, there are other advantages about this product that are easier to spot.

Product Features

  • Clinically proven to reduce cellulite.
  • Fat burning and skin firming formula.
  • Toned and restored skin appearance.
  • Non sticky, non greasy and easy to apply cream.
  • Comes in a 4 ounce container.
  • Created in small batches.
  • Hassle free money back guarantee.


Deionized Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, SD Alcohol, Ethoxydiglycol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Perfluorononyl Carboxydecyl PEG-10 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Castor Seed Oil, ipropylene Glycol Isoceteth-20 Acetate, altodextrin, Caffeine, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Carnitine, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cysteic Acid, Pantetheine Sulfonate, Phenoxyethanol, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Orange Oil, Green Tea Extract, Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Collagen, Lecithin, Alcohol, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Cat’s Claw Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Limonene, Peppermint Oil, Chondroitin Sulfate, Acrylates/C 10-30 Alkyl Acryalte rosspolymer, Lactic Acid, Linalool, Menthol, Salicylic Acid, Methyl Nicotinate, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol, Xanthan Gum.

What the Reviews Say

Reviews for the Sieva Skincare Cellulite cream are quite positive with most users really liking the way this cream works. Although not all of them experienced the desirable results, most of them mentioned the following advantages:

Moisturized and Softened Skin: People discovered that their skin retained moisture better and felt softer after only using this cream for a short period of time.

Smoother skin: They experienced a smoothing out of those cellulite ripples with continued use.

Tighter Skin: It was also noticeable that their skin became tighter as well as smoother.

Absorbs quickly: A lot of people mentioned how smoothly this product goes on the skin and how quickly it absorbs.

Looking for the best retinol cream for cellulite can be a bit complicated but hopefully after reading this review, you will be able to choose better which product can be more effective and useful.

Still, keep in mind that for an effective cellulite treatment, just a cream on its own won´t be as efficient as when you combine it with other methods such as massaging, exercising, a balanced nutritional diet, which will exclude over consumption of sugary and salty foods, as well as an adequate water intake.

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