Skin firming lotions and creams sound like a too-good-to-be-true snake oil sales pitch, shouting to you from the beauty aisles, preying on your weaknesses and insecurities about a less than totally tight, flawless hide. We know. And it seems that just about every company that makes lotions or moisturizers has jumped on the bandwagon, from ultra high-end to drugstore deals. But while there is no permanent fix via cream, serum or oil, the concept isn’t really BS, either. When combined with a proper diet and exercise, these tightening tonics can boost your skin’s texture, firmness and overall look. For many, they’re a summer must-have for ultimate beach bod confidence. So from cellulite busters to stretch mark reducers, we’ve got the top list of skin firming lotions and body smoothing creams to try.
Joane Amay was born in New York City but raised in New Jersey and considers herself a Jersey girl through and through. She is currently the contributing beauty editor at Uptown magazine but has worked as an editor at Lucky, Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire. A lover of shoes and bags, she owns way too many and plans on adding more to her considerable collection.