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Battle of the Bulge1 of 10
By Zoe Schaeffer
Any product that promises to make fat vanish sounds too good to be true—and probably is. (Just a few weeks ago the Federal Trade Commission fined one brand $90,000 for claiming its slimming cream leads to weight loss.) We know there's no miracle potion that's a substitute for old-fashioned diet and exercise, but there are a few tricks to at least improve the appearance of dimpled skin and to kick-start your beach-ready body. Here's the skinny on the latest slim-down treatments and products.
Scrub Away Cellulite2 of 10
The Skinny: Enriched with green coffee to help break down fat, and chili and ginger to boost circulation, The Organic Pharmacy Resculpting Scrub, $75, is the latest offering from this British brand's Firm and Slim line.
The Bottom Line: According to New York City dermatologist David Colbert, M.D., "Scrubs smooth out surface irregularities and stimulate blood flow, and while it won't necessarily change your shape, the ingredients are great nourishing botanicals."
Pinch An Inch3 of 10
The Skinny: Research by the company shows that the essential oils in Nuxe Body Contouring Oil, $37, smooth and tone skin. Nuxe recommends massaging oil in with a technique called papier-rouler. Pinch a fold of skin and roll it between fingers, from the bottom up.
The Bottom Line: "Oils will quench dry skin and therefore enhance its appearance," Colbert says. As for the pinch and roll application, it can help drain fluid between and inside fat cells to improve skin's texture.
Crash Course4 of 10
The Skinny: Taking what you eat into consideration, Rodial's Crash Diet Kit, $240, includes a fluid-reducing gel, metabolism-boosting drink mix (pictured) and a low-cal protein shake to help you shed pounds in about two weeks.
The Bottom Line: "I'm not crazy about the crash diet concept, although this kit is likely to decrease bloating," says Colbert.
Chew On This5 of 10
The Skinny: These fiber-rich Slimming Chocolate Chews, $20 per bag, from Borba Beautyceuticals help curb cravings and satisfy your sweet tooth. Added perk? They're just 30 calories apiece.
The Bottom Line: Sure, eating less can help you slim down, but dimpled thighs don't discriminate. (Researchers estimate that 90 percent of women have cellulite, no matter how thin they are.) That said, it's chocolate. Enjoy!
Smooth Moves6 of 10
The Skinny: The only non-surgical, FDA-cleared medical technique for body reshaping and cellulite treatment, VelaSmooth uses heat and vacuum rollers to even out skin's texture. To reap the benefits, you'll need five sessions at about $250 each.
The Bottom Line: Get out your credit card. "This procedure most definitely gives nice short-term results but it requires upkeep to maintain," says Colbert.
That's A Wrap7 of 10
The Skinny: Similar to treatments at other spas, Universal Contour Body Wrap, $210, at L.A.'s Ole Henricksen Face/Body Spa, guarantees you'll lose six inches in just two hours, with results lasting up to 30 days.
The Bottom Line: Two words: Water. Weight. This type of treatment is a relatively affordable quick fix for a big event.
Turn Up The Heat8 of 10
The Skinny: Hollywood A-listers favor the Cellulite Body Treatment, $130, at The Arcona Studio. It includes exfoliation to improve skin's texture and a detoxifying massage. But the real highlight is Arcona's infrared sauna, which creates a serious sweat that may help release fat and toxins through your skin.
The Bottom Line: An infrared sauna is a relaxing way to sweat out toxins and make muscles work better, says Colbert. But can it help you drop a dress size? Not likely.
Chill Out9 of 10
The Skinny: Best for fit people with a few pesky trouble spots, CoolScultping by Zeltiq flash freezes fat cells, which are then naturally eliminated from the body. Each treatment costs about $1500.
The Bottom Line: Colbert and other experts are optimistic about the non-invasive treatment, but note that results vary from person to person. So far, CoolSculpting seems most effective at treating tummy bulge.
Get Low (Tech)10 of 10
The Skinny: The eco-friendly Hydrea London Brush has natural bristles on one side for sloughing dead skin, and wooden pegs on the other for massaging dimpled areas. The result? Smoother, more even skin.
The Bottom Line: We like the price and the straightforward simplicity of this low-tech tool. And Colbert agrees: "It stimulates blood flow and revs up the skin's natural shedding process, so body creams go on seamlessly for an all-over sleeker look."
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