We drag ourselves to the gym every morning, eat clean (most of the time) and opt to take the stairs over the elevator in hopes of achieving a tighter-looking body. Despite our daily efforts to maintain a firm figure, wouldn’t it be great if there was some magical solution to addressing those pesky dimples that still seem to creep up on us? The truth is, though there isn’t a miracle potion that will completely erase signs of cellulite and sagging skin, firming creams and lotions are a great way to supplement a healthy diet and regular exercise.
With monokini season in full force, we asked some of the ladies at the office to try five of the hottest body-firming products on Dermstore. Curious to see if they actually made our bodies look smoother? Before you cancel that ClassPass membership, check out their testimonials below!
Reviewed By: Stephanie P., Marketing Manager
First Impression: Immediately, I felt a difference in how soft my skin felt. The product has a subtle tint to it, so it gave me a nice summer glow that lasted a couple of hours. The subtle tint definitely helped to cover up a few minor imperfections on my legs. Also, the color did not rub off onto my clothing—which is a big plus!
Results After One Week: My legs felt very moisturized, but I didn’t notice any significant changes in terms of concealing any skin imperfections.
The Verdict: I would continue to use this since it’s a nice moisturizer. Also, because I’m not one for self-tanners, I liked that this product added a natural glow that didn’t require too much effort or make a mess.
Reviewed By: Annie R., Content & SEO Analyst
First Impression: Immediately, I noticed how good this body cream smells! It literally smells like a warm, tropical vacation packaged in a bottle. It has a very smooth and rich texture that quickly absorbs into your skin without feeling greasy or sticky. Because I have dry skin, I noticed how much softer my skin felt as soon as the next day.
Results After One Week: I lathered this all over my body four times during the week after showering. Because this cream is so rich and moisturizing, I could still feel and smell some of the luxurious formula on my skin in between shower days. Along with helping to alleviate my dehydrated skin, I noticed a slight tightening effect—especially on my thighs, knees and stomach area.
The Verdict: I’ve never really been a fan of body lotions and creams, but I really enjoyed this product and can definitely see myself purchasing this for continued use. The only downside is that the packaging is kind of small so I’ll probably go through it fairly quickly.
Reviewed By: Allysa Z., Senior Buyer
First Impression: This product looks kind of intimidating, but it’s actually easy to use. You apply the cream by squeezing the product out onto the rollerball top. I rubbed it directly onto my legs and immediately felt a tingling and cooling effect. It has a fast-absorbing formula and it smells nice too.
Results After One Week: My skin definitely looks smoother and tighter. I think consistent massaging and usage helped to achieve these results. Note, I used this three to five times during the week.
The Verdict: I highly recommend using this after a long session at the gym. Along with firming my arms, legs and stomach area, it also helped to alleviate any sore muscles after an intense workout.
Reviewed By: Lily S., Affiliate Marketing Analyst
First Impression: The cream is very rich and applies smooth. Upon my first application, I felt a slight cooling sensation on my skin. Immediately, I noticed how great the cream smells. It’s definitely a bit muskier than your traditional cream, but that’s what I liked most about this product.
Results After One Week: Although I can’t tell if my skin looks smoother, it definitely feels a lot softer—and honestly, that’s good enough for me!
The Verdict: A little definitely goes a long way with this product. You can cover a lot of surface area with just a little bit and the scent is fantastic!
Reviewed By: Ashley V., Buyer
First Impression: After using this, my skin felt super hydrated and soft. I really like how this lotion doesn’t leave behind any residue, like some of the other body creams I’ve tried.
Results After One Week: I haven’t really noticed any significant signs of firming or tightening, but my skin definitely feels a lot more supple. I like to apply this after taking a shower since it keeps my skin feeling hydrated and smelling like coconut.
The Verdict: This is a great moisturizer to use over your entire body and all year round. It has a really nice and subtle scent that’s super soothing. I would definitely continue to use this and recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a fast-absorbing yet lightweight body lotion.