Try out one of these to reduce dimpled skin and smooth your legs, bum, stomach, arms...
Let’s get one thing clear from the off – there is no magic cure for cellulite. None. Nada. Zip. Scientists are yet to invent a pill you can pop to banish dimpled skin (oh, how much easier our lives would be if they did), but all is not lost. There are various lotions, potions and the best cellulite creams that you can use to reduce its appearance, and quite significantly at that.
Depending on the desired outcome – to sculpt your legs, tone your bum or flatten your tum – there is a cream that can help get rid of cellulite. But don’t expect miracles right away; stick at it and combine your cream application with exercise, drinking enough water and eating a balanced diet and you’ll be able to notice a marked difference in a matter of weeks.
Caffeine is the most common ingredient in the best cellulite creams because, in short, it works. Not only does it immediately tighten the appearance of your skin, it can improve circulation and shrink fat cells. This is thanks to antioxidants that penetrate the top layers of skin to stimulate fat cells and help break them down so that they aren’t visible from pushing against our skin.
The result? Smoother looking skin on the surface. So whatever pesky area you’re looking to target, there’s a cellulite-smoothing treatment for that.
Soap and Glory Sit Tight Super-Intense 4-D, £14.50, Boots
Along with having a dimpled derrière, thighs are probably the area from which women want to rid cellulite the most. So when you think about it, it’s really no wonder this is what scares us most about having sex with someone new.
So what could be better than a cellulite gel that helps firm you up while you’re sat on them?
This is a great buy if you’re in a job that involves being sat at a desk for most of the day (office workers, we salute you in solidarity), because it works through compression of the skin. Plus, the roller ball applicator helps to massage your bum and backs of your thighs while you sit… well, tight. You’ll feel the burn while it works but it’s not unpleasant, rather a warming, tingling sensation instead.
Should I try a body brush for cellulite?
Dry body brushing is known to help with dimpled skin, especially when used after exercise, as it stimulates problem areas and break sdown stubborn cellulite (in fact body brushing can be used to combat a wide range of skin problems, from eczema to acne).
The method behind the madness, if you will, is that it’s thought the combination of massage and exfoliation helps stimulate lymphatic drainage; low lymph flow causes connective tissue to push down on fat cells, resulting in that dimpled skin we all know and love (read: loathe).
See a couple of our favourite suggestions below.
We say it’s definitely worth giving a go – and body brushes are pretty reasonably priced. Try body brushing for three or so weeks and take before and after pictures – you’ll notice a difference.
Give your skin the help it needs with this powerful moisturiser from Mama Mio. It's a blend of omega oils, superfoods such as chia and pumpkin seeds designed to keep stretch marks away and keep your skin glowing.
Technically an oil rather than a cream, but so good it's earned a spot in our round up of the best cellulite treatments. As with many Elemis products, its enriched with essential oils for what can only be described as that 'spa retreat' smell, containing sea buckthorn, sea fennel, lemon and juniper, and works to boost your circulation – known to help break down cellulite. Use first thing in the morning or early evening for best results, along with a dry body brush.
Want to look like you’ve been working out for a fair bit longer than you actually have? Clarins Body Fit is for you. A seriously smoothing cream, we’d be tempted to use this all over in place of a regular moisturiser, to see silky soft results from the neck down.
It also does well on stretch marks, working hard to reduce the appearance of an uneven texture. The key smoothing and firming ingredient here? Good old quince leaf.
The brains in the Sisley research lab have been hard at work to create the ultimate cellulite-busting cream. Caffeine-enriched and packed with essential oils, red algae and longan seed extract to help smooth skin's surface and roll over dimples. A high price point, yes, but it's got pretty high quality results to go with it.
A light anti cellulite gel cream with a spicy scent, the Shiseido Advanced Body Creator Super Slimmer Reducer not only diminishes the appearance of cellulite, but helps to prevent any new fat cells from forming in problem areas. Skin feels soft, velvety and hydrated – although the icy-cold feeling you experience when this product makes contact can take some getting used to.