Overnight Cellulite Treatments

I have been meaning to mention this for a while: be careful when using regular cellulite creams last thing at night. I find that they really keep me awake and then I sleep badly! It took me ages to realise that it’s probably the masses of caffeine that’s packed into many of the formulas. You wouldn’t have thought that topically applied caffeine would have any effect in this respect, but I certainly do notice a difference – perhaps it’s because I don’t actually consume any caffeine whatsoever, who knows! My Mum has the same problem and she mentioned it to me without me having said anything at all – so there you go. Something to think about!

 I know that many people think that cellulite creams are a load of old nonsense, but if anything, I find that using one regularly makes me spend more time pummelling and massaging the dimple-prone areas. Having a dedicated cream or gel or oil just reminds me that I need to take some extra time! I’m sure that the cumulative effect of the ingredients, over time, must also be noticeable. That’s just my opinion on the matter, and I have pretty smooth thighs and bottom. Body Brushing also works wonders for the circulation, and it’s a one-off investment that will last a lifetime. Or thereabouts.

Anyway, here are three cellulite treatments that I use overnight:

1) Fat Girl Sleep. This is probably the night treatment that I’ve used for longest, and I’ve repurchased twice, both times when I’ve spotted it in the sales, because it’s not cheap! Actually, none of these suggestions are – perhaps they hike the price up for the nighttime versions? I love the lavender, cushiony formula and my skin does feel smoother and better textured after a few weeks of use – it’s not instant, by any means, but I’m kind of addicted to using this one as my little bedtime ritual. At the time of writing, BlissWorld have this with a pot of the daytime version for just £28 – in John Lewis just the night cream is £37! So, makes it slightly more affordable; BlissWorld.co.uk

2) Biotherm Celluli Laser, Intensive Night. I find this one really very effective – a tightening and smoothing of the skin is apparent after just a few nights’ use. This could be a good one to try a month or so before your hols or an important event where your body will be on show, like, er, a bikini contest… It’s £37 for 200ml, or £49 for 400ml, which is a bit of a no-brainer. Find it at Boots.com

lubatti cellulite3) Lubatti Anti-Cellulite Oil. Possibly my favourite of the three, actually, because I love an oil texture. You can really spend time massaging it in – this one has a pleasant warming effect that weirdly sends me into a relaxed sleep once I lie down! It’s £38.50 at Lookfantastic.com

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  1. Mel
    February 18, 2012 / 10:31 am

    Yes, I’m sad to say that it would be pretty hard for the ingredients to work that far down into the sub-cutaneous layer. But all the massage & brushing yes, that really does do something.. improving the circulation in this area.

  2. February 18, 2012 / 10:38 am

    Apparently the skin absorbs up to 60% of natural or chemical products topically applied directly into the blood stream.. Crazy!

    • Ruth
      February 18, 2012 / 11:30 pm

      @Louisa so it WOULD make me sleepless! I knew it! xx

  3. Karen Gentles
    February 18, 2012 / 11:57 am

    Hi Ruth

    Is the Lubatti anything like Melvita slimming oil do you know?


    Karen x

    • Ruth
      February 18, 2012 / 11:30 pm

      @Karen it’s thicker and has more ‘traditional’ essential oils – the Melvita is GORGEOUS too but I think is more marine-based? I need to have another look – I’m posting about oils in the next few weeks! x

  4. Ellie
    February 18, 2012 / 11:59 am

    Have you tried dry body brushing? It sounds painful but apparently it’s quite effective.

    • Ruth
      February 18, 2012 / 11:29 pm

      @Ellie it’s not painful that much – you use firm strokes, it’s more invigorating than painful! I have been doing it for over thirteen years!! xx

  5. Hazel
    February 18, 2012 / 1:54 pm

    If you already have cellulite will these creams get rid of it? Or are these creams just help to prevent it? x

    • Ruth
      February 18, 2012 / 11:28 pm

      @Hazel I am of the belief that every little helps, even if you already have it! Perseverance will definitely improve the general appearance of the skin at the very least, making it less noticeable xx

  6. Debra
    February 18, 2012 / 3:04 pm

    Have been following your posts for a while and would love to see information specific to the different rituals you follow for your face and body that support you in beauty/modeling

  7. February 18, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    I am loving the ‘Fatgirlsleep’ think it’s a great name! I was looking at creams such as these earlier and think I might give one a try.

  8. Coco
    February 18, 2012 / 10:38 pm

    You should check out derma rollers. It’s a wonderful thing, it might stings when you use it, but you only have to take it out for a walk once or twice a week. Your creams will be more effective, it will increase blood circulation and it will produce collagen and elastin. It’s not expensive and works for cellulite, stretch marks, acne, acne scars, wrinkles, name it!

    • Ruth
      February 18, 2012 / 11:26 pm

      @Coco I’ll look into it! I can handle the sting… x

  9. flick
    February 19, 2012 / 4:16 am

    leftfield question alert: do you think that support tights/leggings help with/prevent cellulite? I have an elemis body brush (which I really need to use regularly) and wonder if support tights/leggings would help circulation etc? I have some opaque support tights (spanx?) and also the light control primark leggings.

    • Ruth
      February 19, 2012 / 11:45 am

      @Flick well I have heard rumours, but I haven’t tested the theory myself! It kind of becomes a bit of a faff when you have to plan your attire around beating cellulite! I should look into this though.. x

  10. February 19, 2012 / 7:14 pm

    Some women have a predisposition to cellulite too. It’s much more common in women than men. Eliminating or keeping your consumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks is helpful. Dairy has also been linked to cellulite, though I’m not sure if it’s proven to be a contributing factor. Upping your exercise is definitely going to help. Daily massage with these essential oils can also be helpful, and it smells nice too!

    Cellulite massage oil blend;

    To 30 ml of sweet almond oil add 5 drops each of jojoba oil and carrot oil. Blend well. Then add fennel essential oil 8 drops, lemon essential oil 10 drops and grapefruit essential oil 12 drops.

  11. flick
    February 19, 2012 / 8:46 pm

    @Ruth I’ve not been particularly energetic due to being a bit unwell, so I am mindful of the state of my arse as summer approaches(!!!). I may have to resort to medical hosiery …

    @Ali I’ve cut out caffeine and alcohol and will have a go at your massage blend!

  12. April 8, 2012 / 7:45 am

    Hi Ruth, do you use a night treatment every single night? And if so do you mix between those 3 products or do you just use up on bottle at a time? And do you still use a day formula in the mornings? (with the bliss massager like in one of your videos? Sorry too many questions :)

  13. Romina Elorrieta
    August 11, 2012 / 8:05 am

    Hi Ruth!!. After reading your reviews and recommendations, I started using the Biotherm Celluli Laser night treatment. It does seem to be really effective as you stated, as I have noticed a nice improvement on my skin. After the very first night, my skin felt very silky, and after a couple weeks of use, I have found that it is firmer and smoother. Not a miracle, though, but really works wonders! (I actually think it might be more effective when I get back into my indoor-cycling classes after summer). I just find the same problems that you and your mom do: I can’t, for the life of me, sleep whenever that i apply this treatment for the night time. It gets very annoying, ’cause it has already been several days of bad rest, and I suppose it is the treatment. I only apply it from my hips down towards my knees, and I always feel a very uncomfortable tingly feeling which wakes me up during the night, and I have to stretch my legs A LOT to get rid of the feeling… It is terrible!. Really keeps me awake, this awkward sensation during the night time. Out of the three treatments, is this the only one that keeps you awake?, because I’d love to try another one which is just as effective as this one… *huggles*

    December 4, 2012 / 10:48 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    Sorry my english it is not so good but I have the same problem like you……….I don t drink caffeine and when I start to use cellulite cream( because I have 32 years old and I start to have a little bit because I am skinny but I am lazy with sports ) I was very anxious , I could t sleep and I my heart rate was higher:(((( Love love your channel and the blog……XOXO Roxy

  15. Michelle
    January 25, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    After 3 pregnancies in 4 years, it definitely left a mark on my body…Stretch marks. I have them on my breast, stomach and back from my body growing to accommodate little humans. Since using the Somaluxe Glycolic Mask on them, it seems to have drastically lightened my stretch marks! I know they may never be gone but I am very happy with what the oils has done to them after almost 2 weeks.

    You just apply the mask on your cellulite, leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off.

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