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YOUR SECRET WEAPON Anushka Skinny Caffé Latte Body Créme ($46; anushkaonline.com) uses caffeine and green tea to increase firmness.

EXPERT TAKE "The antioxidants in this cream help protect against free radical damage, which breaks down collagen, resulting in slack skin," explains Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City.

REAL LIFE RESULTS "By day 10, my thighs were definitely firmer and smoother."
—Marissa, 27

 

 

 

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YOUR SECRET WEAPON St. Ives Cellulite Shield Gel Créme ($7; at drugstores) boosts circulation in surface blood vessels with menthol extracts, while green tea tightens skin.

EXPERT TAKE "The natural caffeine in this product is proven to reduce fluid retention in the thighs and butt," says Loretta Ciraldo, M.D., a dermatologist in Miami.

REAL LIFE RESULTS "My skin has firmed up after two weeks of use, but I'm definitely going to keep slathering it on to see if there is more of an effect over time."
—Misty, 27

 

 


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YOUR SECRET WEAPON Dior Svelte Reversal Body Contouring and Firming Concentrate ($64; macys.com) uses Viniferine, reported to be 100 times more effective than caffeine, to push fluid out of the cells.

EXPERT TAKE "This also contains particles of silica, a mineral that reflects light and gives the illusion of fewer lumps," says Fusco.

REAL LIFE RESULTS "It gave my legs a subtle sparkle, making my skin look sleeker. After two weeks, I swear my thighs looked thinner!"
—Annie, 26

 



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YOUR SECRET WEAPON Shiseido Body Creator Aromatic Sculpting Concentrate Anti-Cellulite ($65; sephora.com) relies on saiko extract to promote collagen and elastin production, resulting in taut skin.

EXPERT TAKE Relies on saiko extract to promote collagen and elastin production, resulting in taut skin.

REAL LIFE RESULTS "I definitely saw an improvement in the tone of my skin after using it for two weeks straight."
—Juno, 29


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YOUR SECRET WEAPON Clarins High Definition Body Lift ($65; clarinsusa.com) contains caffeine as well as sunflower and horse chestnut extract to help firm up the skin.

EXPERT TAKE "The botanical ingredients and caffeine work together to make this formula extra-effective," says Fusco.


REAL LIFE RESULTS "After four weeks of using it every morning and night, my cellulite was definitely less noticeable."
—Brooke, 27

 



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YOUR SECRET WEAPON Nivea Good-Bye Cellulite Fast Acting Serum ($16; drugstore.com) contains L-carnitine, an amino acid found naturally in the skin that lessens lumps by stimulating collagen production.

EXPERT TAKE "L-carnitine has traditionally been taken orally to lower the body's fat stores. By applying it topically, you reduce the appearance of cellulite," says Ciraldo.

REAL LIFE RESULTS "I loved using a serum as opposed to a lotion—it felt less greasy. After applying it for a few weeks, my skin definitely looked better."
—Maggie, 25

 



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YOUR SECRET WEAPON Bliss FatGirlScrub ($38; sephora.com) blends red algae and Himalayan pink salt to boost circulation and decrease fluid retention.

EXPERT TAKE "Physical exfoliators [like salt granules] bring blood to the surface, producing immediate plumping and tightening that lasts for several hours," says Fusco.

REAL LIFE RESULTS "I saw an improvement in the dimpling on my upper thighs within about two weeks."
—Joan, 43

 


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