Our Rating: 5 stars

You don’t need cellulite to enjoy Prana Attar Firming Body Milk (8oz/$28 in the shop), but if you do you’ll get a kick out of one of the key actives. If you don’t have much of a cellulite problem, you’ll still appreciate the firming anti-aging ingredients in this excellent body lotion. It is lightweight, has a pretty scent and leaves the skin looking and feeling more supple. Plus the quality to price ratio is very good.

The anti-cellulite ingredient in Prana Attar Firming Body Milk is glaucine. As I mentioned in my recent article on cellulite and stretch mark treatments, glaucine comes from yellow poppy extract. Now, as you might expect from the poppy connection, glaucine can be hallucinogenic. But only if ingested and do not be tempted to experiment with this body lotion as a recreational drug. Now, back to the more serious issue of cellulite.

Adipocytes are highly active cells which play a key role in the control of the body’s energy.  As we age, changes within adipose cells result in increased lipid storage. What is happening with the formation of cellulite is that lipids are being stored in the subcutis, increasing the number of and size of adipocytes in the adipose tissue.

Glaucine, it seems, has the ability to initiate cell reversal. This “empties” lipid filled adipocytes, they become more fibroblast-like and capable of synthesizing and secreting cellulite. All of this helps control excessive lipid storage and consequently diminishes cellulite. Which sounds pretty amazing.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much research to back this up. The clinical trials  I found aren’t stunning, but they do show that cellulite can be reduced by a worthwhile 15%. Another study in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology said that glaucine had no effect on cellulite. However, it was tested against other ingredients by a Swedish company and so looks less than independent.

In any event, glaucine seems worth keeping an eye out for. And Prana has rounded out the formula with plenty of other useful ingredients including niacinamide (which may improve skin elasticity), phospholipids (an antioxidant that retains moisture), and red, green and white tea extracts. Grape seed oil, aloe juice, shea butter and sunflower oil ensure that this body lotion is hydrating without being greasy. This is a body lotion that is enjoyable to use and takes its anti-aging responsibilities seriously.

Editor's Note: Prana has changed the name of Prana Attar Firming Body Milk to Prana SpaCeuticals Firming Body Emulsion.

Ingredients: Water, Aloe Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape seed) Oil, Capric /Caprylic Triglycerides, Emulsifying Wax NF, Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PhenylTrimethicone, Phospholipids, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-6, Stearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Stearate, Glycerine, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glaucine, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos Red Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinesis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia
Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Lactic Acid.