The Spiel: There’s no dearth of thigh-toning creams on the market with ingredients that promise all sorts of miracles in a simple rub down. Ren Body Contouring Anti-Cellulite Gel contains extracts of caffeine to tighten and horse chestnut and pink pepper seed to encourage fat break down. Vichy CelluDestock Intensive Treatment For the Appearance of Cellulite employs a 5% caffeine solution said to stimulate micro-circulation and boasts the loss of one cellulite grade in four weeks.
Firming Factor: “The one thing all cellulite creams have in common is their promise to improve the appearance of cellulite—but not actually get rid of it,” says Schultz, who admits such topical treatments are low on his list of recommended cellulite cures. However, for a few bucks they aren’t doing any harm. A better investment may be a tube of self tanner to give the illusion of taut, tanned gams.
Ren Body Contouring Anti-Cellulite Gel, $48, available in July at Ren; Vichy CelluDestock Intensive Treatment for the Appearance of Cellulite, $40, available at Vichy.
Photos: Courtesy of Vichy, Ren