Betty’s Spring-Cleaning Series
She’s Got Legs!
Summer’s almost here – are your thighs ready for their close-up?
You’re not alone if your body needs a little help before you pull on your bathing suits and shorts. It’s been a long, cold winter, and we’ve all gotten used to covering up. Even down here in Florida, I’ve spent all winter in maxi-dresses, so my legs have barely seen the light of day. (Check back next week for the lowdown on self-tanning.) So what’s a woman to do about cellulite lumps and bumps? Well, there’s no shortage of treatment products, so read on to find the right one for you.
Creams and gels
Your drugstore’s shelves are packed with countless cellulite products, and yes, they can help smooth the appearance of lumps and bumps. Many of these products contain caffeine, which helps eliminate excess fluid from the area where it’s applied. You may also notice that the instructions say to massage the cream into the affected areas, since the action of massage itself can help improve the appearance of cellulite. One to try: Nivea Goodbye Cellulite Smoothing Gel-Cream, $12.99
Make the most of your beauty sleep with a cellulite treatment designed for nighttime use. FatGirlSleep (the nocturnal version of FatGirlSlim) contains the same dimple-diminishing ingredients as the original, but with a time-release formula that targets fat, water retention and not-so-tight skin as you snooze. And since we all need a little help in the sleep department, the soothing lavender scent makes it easier to dream about how great you’ll look in your bathing suit. $38, sephora.com
Wage the war on cellulite with Farmacell Milk Shorts. These stretchy shorts are made of yarn derived from milk protein to moisturize, increase circulation and detoxify your skin-all in an effort to eradicate cellulite. And, they cover your tummy and the entire length of your thighs to treat a maximum surface area. $69, blissworld.com
Super-Splurge Alert! At-home anti-cellulite device The Wellbox isn’t cheap, but it’s the closest you can get to a spa- or medically-based cellulite treatment at home. I’ve tried the Wellbox, and once you get the hang of it (and used to the noise it makes) you just might find that the results are worth it after continued use (Rome wasn’t built in a day now, was it?). According to the company, the sucking-and-rolling action helps eliminate stubborn fat, eliminate excess fluid and detoxify for smoother, more lump-free skin. To get the most bang for your buck, take advantage of the treatment heads designed for the face, and you could be looking at head-to-toe improvement. $1,722, brookstone.com