We all know that summer brings about a certain level of anxiety in terms of donning a swimsuit. And we've all seen the classic "Swimsuits For Your Body" article over and over. Sure, it's a big help to know what suits fit and flatter, but sometimes we need a little extra boost of confidence from cosmetic products that help fake firmer, fitter skin that's devoid of cellulite. There's no magic bullet that replaces good diet and exercise, of course, but with continued regular use, you may just be able to get that extra boost you need to sport the tiny polk dot bikini (tres chic) on your next vacation with the utmost confidence.
Murad Firm And Tone Serum
This serum packs a host of interesting ingredients like cayenne pepper (for skin circulation), cat's claw and tiger's herb. Together they can improve the overall appearance of your skin up to 80% and reduce the look of cellulite up to 69%. Murad is a highly reputable skincare line that tends to deliver results. But read the fine print, they suggest using this in conjunction with other products for best results.
$77 at Sephora.
Bliss Fat Girl Slim
Perhaps no other such product on the market has gotten as much word on the street as this one. Sure the name is goofy, but the results are what built a large number of loyal users who swear by it. According to their 28-day study, 87% saw firming, 73% saw cellulite reduction and 85% saw a slimming effect. Bliss has several products to fight the dreaded thigh dimples. Try them together or separately, either way you should see a difference.
$32 at Sephora.
Philosphy The Big Skinny
A new kind of dual-purpose lotion/cream has come to town and it's not taking any prisoners. Philosophy's product, The Big Skinny, combines self-tanning with cellulite reduction, which means you get to take fewer trips to the tanning salon. Users say the color (which builds gradually) is natural looking without streaks and leaves skin with a smooth, healthy glow.
$26 at Sephora.
Lorac Tantalizer Award Show Glow
This product is a mouthful to say, but it's worth the effort once you see what it produces. Rather than a lotion or cream, this is a "bronzing mousse" that is massaged into skin for a tanned glow. Some users swear it's the best self tanner they've ever used for its glowy, yet natural looking, results. An upside: it contains caffeine and an anti-cellulite complex to smooth and firm skin.
$32 at Sephora.
Nivea Good-Bye Cellulite Serum
We wouldn't leave you hanging high and dry by only suggesting the most expensive products on the market. There's a skin firming serum you can buy at the drug store that's (reportedly) no less effective than higher priced versions. This one isn't going to give you a tan, but it can tone up skin that refuses to be tamed by the gym. The secret is lotus extract and L-Carnitine, which has cellulite reducing properties.
$12.79 at Drugstore.com.