While there are countless products and procedures that promise to rid us of it, there’s no proven cure for cellulite and, sadly, almost every woman has those pesky pockets of fat somewhere on her body.
There are ways to minimize its appearance, however, and one of the most effective is to build up muscle underneath the fat tissue by doing squats and lunges. These exercises will not only help with your existing cellulite, but will work to prevent future lumps and can be especially effective to boost confidence when combined with cellulite-fighting creams, lotions, gels, and scrubs.
Most topical solution fight dimples with caffeine and while you may not find yourself with immediately visible results, the tightening sensation that most of the good products impart can often be just what you need to give you the self-assurance to slip into your swimsuit. Here’s a look at some standout cellulite fighters.
Fat Girl Scrub, $38
Exfoliating your body once a week is imperative to help boost your blood circulation and slough away dead skin cells. Bliss' Fat Girl Scrub uses Himalayan pink salt to exfoliate, red algae to boost circulation, peppermint extract to give skin a refreshed feeling, and grapefruit extract for some antioxidants.
Shrink to Fit, $56
One of the best — and most honest — skincare brands is Mama Mio. All of their products come with an outline of exercises that they recommend doing to boost their products' efficacy (they admit that no mircales happen without diet and exercise). Further, since the brand doesn't spend a dime on advertising, they can afford to pack their line with loads of proven-to-be-effective active ingredients.
Nip + Fab
Cellulite Fix, $17.95
One of the best drugstore brands, Nip + Fab recently launched stateside exclusively at Target. This gel is hydrating, feels great against skin, and while it isn't packed with as many actives as some other cellulite fighters, it's one of the best bang for your buck products.
The latest in cutting edge beauty gadgetry, HoneyBelle uses orbital oscillation to exfoliate, relieve sore muscles, and give you a DIY massage. They recommend using it for 30 days twice a day for 5-10 minutes before expecting any results, but the handheld device soothes after a single use — especially if you've been doing those cellulite-fighting lunges.
Long popular in France, Nuxe is just starting to make waves in the U.S. This lightweight serum feels great on skin thanks to a combination of cocoa, glaucine, and flower extracts, caffeine, micro-algae, and cocoa polyphenols and 94% of the ingredients are from natural origins.
Body Sculpture, $104
Whether it's with their Bum Lift, Tummy Tuck, Boob Job, Stretch mx, or with this potion, Rodial's products always deliver with a potent mix of active ingredients and fast acting results. For the ultimate instant tightening sensation, this will do the trick.
Her cleanse and sugar-laden bars may be a big waste of money, but Bethenny Frankel's beauty range is stellar considering its prices. This may not do much in the way of tightening, but it smells great and hydrates with an antioxidant-rich formula that makes it a worthy buy.