Flabby triceps begone? An arm sleeve from Lytess says it will save your arms from sag while de-dimpling with active ingredients. Not only are the sleeves supposed to use microencapsulated Rodhysterol and Elemi Resin to firm in 28 days, but they also include sweet almond and mango butter to hydrate at the same time.
I’m hesitant to believe that wearing fitted sleeves for a number of hours in a day could really make that much of an impact.
The brand says that their de-dimpling ingredients are woven right into the waffle-knit fabric, which means that you’re getting a regular release of those actives for the entire time you wear the garment.
They also claim to have made a whopping 46% improvement in skin appearance.
Rhodysterol is described by it’s manufacturer BiotechMarine as a body streamlining phytosterol, which has a slimming effect due to lipolytic properties. According to them, alga possesses a mechanism for the storage and release of lipids.
The agents which transmit the messages to instigate lipolysis are sterols or derivatives that are particularly active in the Rhodophyta or red algae at 1.5%.
I couldn’t find any independent studies evaluating the effects of this seaweed on firming or cellulite. However, there are studies confirming that red algae has a significant amount of antioxidants, a high phenolic content and cytotoxic activities, which could help protect against the skin’s aging process.
According to some labs, Rhodophyta extract has a balance of minerals similar to those found in blood plasma, which assumedly gives it great affinity to skin. It contains more vitamin C than apples, more zinc than oysters, more iron and potassium than spinach and more vitamin A than tomatoes, according to Collaborative Laboratories. Perhaps these will factor into the de-dimpling of your arm fat?
Elemi resin is also supposed to be a firming agent. However, there are cases of contact dermatitis in relation to this resin and independent studies are hard to come by as well.
At $30, these sleeves seem a bit steep, especially considering the lack of scientific evidence making the brand’s case.