Nervous about showing some skin this summer? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that between 80 to 90 percent of women have cellulite: stubborn deposits of fat that collect in connective tissue, giving the surface of skin a puckered or dimpled appearance. While no cream or serum can get rid of cellulite, these 11 formulas can help to disguise unevenness in skin with smoothing, tightening, and hydrating ingredients. (Especially when paired with diet, exercise, and a tan, of course!) Spend a few minutes massaging one into skin morning and night to help break up cellulite--then reach for your bikini!
Clarins’ new Body Lift Cellulite Control ($68) is a cocktail of extracts to reduce and prevent cellulite: celosia cristata, aquatic mint, and blue button flower help eliminate current cellulite, while baccharis helps keep skin firm by stimulating collagen production.
Into aromatic fragrances? The rich lavender scent of Bliss’ Fat Girl Sleep ($36) is relaxing, while red algae extract helps reduce water retention under skin and sacred lotus extract calms inflammation. Try it with Fat Girl Slim ($36), which does the same job during the day, thanks to encapsulated caffeine.
StriVectin’s Tightening Body Cream ($59) is a thick formula that firms skin both instantly and over time, with full results delivered at eight weeks. How? Botanical extracts tighten the surface of skin, while StriVectin’s patented niacin molecule and a unique peptide complex work to stimulate collagen and strengthen the skin’s barrier to make skin appear smoother.
Apply L’Occitane’s Almond Firming and Softening Supple Skin Oil ($40) straight out of the shower to lock in moisture, lightly scent, and help firm skin. Silicium aids skin’s support tissue while almond and carmeline oils--rich in omega-3 and 6--help to prevent stretch marks.
Tracie Martyn’s rose-scented Shakti Resculpting Cream ($155) is packed with all-natural and organic ingredients to tighten and contour anywhere on your body--including your face, jawline, and neck. Green tea, amino acids, and enzymes boost circulation and elasticity, while omega-3-rich oils deliver moisture.
The mix of soy flour and oat beta-glucan in Murad’s Body Firming Cream ($45) tightens skin in as little as 15 minutes. Bonus? It hydrates and brightens thanks to shea butter and vitamin C.
Jergen’s Skin Firming Daily Toning Moisturizer ($8) has seaweed extract, collagen, elastin, and ginseng to increase skin’s elasticity and firmness, plus it hydrates just like a daily moisturizer.
Rodial’s newest firming cream, Size Zero ($68), moisturizes skin with silicone elastomer while their Pro-Sveltyl complex reduces the appearance of cellulite and water retention under the skin.
Ren’s Body Contouring Anti-Cellulite Gel ($48) is formulated with botanical extracts and caffeine to promote circulation, increase elasticity, and reduce swelling. The result? Smoother skin that looks more toned and firm.
Made specifically for the lower body, apply Soap and Glory’s Sit Tight Body Firming Serum ($38) in the morning and the time-release complex goes to work smoothing and hydrating skin all day. How? Their unique formula of caffeine and ginseng promote circulation, tighten skin, and help create a smooth appearance.