There are a handful of cellulite-busters on the market, but before you add any to your collection, it’s important to know your options, what to expect and what to look for. While Davie, FL dermatologist Lesley Clark-Loeser, MD says that cellulite products can make a difference when used regularly, they work best when used alongside in-office treatments “that involve the use of more powerful energy-based devices or injectables.”
According to Dr. Clark-Loeser, a variety of both at-home and in-office treatments exist to improve the appearance of cellulite. “There are differences between these categories of treatments. For the most part, at home treatments—think products like creams and lotions, massagers or low-level energy-emitting devices—will be less expensive, have a more forgiving safety profile and will be mildly effective. The truth remains that successfully treating cellulite is challenging and there is no ‘perfect’ treatment.”
Whether you’re using them alone or alongside an in-office treatment, Dr. Clark-Loeser says topicals that contain caffeine or retinol are ones to look for, “as they improve texture, improve cellulite appearance by dehydrating cells and help to thicken the skin.” Don’t know where to start? Take a look at our favorite skin smoothers, below.
Dermelect Lipo-Conquer Body-Toning Cream ($45)
Caffeine, vitamin A, vitamin E and ginkgo biloba—an antioxidant that helps replenish lost moisture—are the ingredients to thank for this cream’s ability to keep pores clear, hydrate and smooth out the appearance of stretch marks and spongy skin.
MUTHA Body Contour Serum ($95)
Featuring the brand’s patented M-Tight Technology, resurfacing fruit acids and nourishing botanicals, this perfecting body serum activates micro-circulation and claims to reduce the appearance of unwanted dimples.
Miss Spa Sculpt I’m The Balm Firming + Smoothing Body Cream ($35)
Promote the appearance of firmer, tighter skin with Miss Spa’s new December launch, which is brimming with hard-hitting ingredients like circulation-boosting caffeine, antioxidant-rich lemon verbena and tightening guarana.
Versed Firm Ground Retinol Body Lotion ($18)
The four main ingredients in this bump-smoother are encapsulated retinol, cocoa butter, squalane and vitamin E. Together, they gently renew the skin, relieve dryness and give the body a firming boost.
Revision Skincare BodiFirm ($150)
A 2021 NewBeauty Award Winner, this cream features a clinically proven formula that address skin concerns like cellulite, crepey skin and sun damage. Monroe, LA dermatologist Janine Hopkins, MD even told us that it’a a great post-procedure product to use if you’re looking to amp-up and compliment your results.
Elemis Body Brushing Cellulite Duo ($86)
This brush-oil duo offers detoxification and exfoliation while smoothing the skin. Start by using the dry brush from the soles of the feet up to the neck in long sweeping movements, focusing on cellulite-heavy areas. After showering, warm a quarter-size amount of the oil in the palms of the hands before applying to problem areas like the buttocks, thighs and legs.
NuFACE NuBODY Skin Toning Device ($400)
The body-focused version of the brands cult-classic facial microcurrent device, NuFace Trinity ($340), this cellulite-smoother targets bumps and uneven patches on the skin to help restore softness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and unleash supple-looking skin.
Repechage Vita Cura Cellusea Smooth Multi-Action Body Exfoliator ($45)
The sister product to the Vita Cura Body Contour Cream ($70), this scrub—it’s packed with seaweed, cocoa and caffeine extract —is made to be used on areas of concern to slough off dull skin and give the body a toned, lifted appearance. Plus, the addition of mint oil leaves skin feeling energized and tingly, mimicking your muscles after a solid workout.
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