Ah, swimsuit season. The time to bare, and the time to freak out at the thought of being bare. But thanks to the beauty invention of firming creams, we’ve now got going bare in the bag. Here’s the naked truth on what we think are some of the best firming creams on the market—designed to tone, control cellulite, etc.—so you can bare your brave self all summer. No freaking out necessary.
Babor Body Cellular Ultimate Forming Body Cream
Babor’s Body Cellular Ultimate Forming Body Cream may just be the ticket to smoother, firmer, even-toned skin—it’s fused with biogen plant extract designed to restore the skin. 200 ml; $108; us.babor.com
BioElixia® BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Cream
The disappearance of dimples? Yes, please. The Australian brand BioElixia stands firm that its cellulite cream, which uses patented TPM® Dermal Delivery Technology, is “scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of stubborn dimples by an average of 38 percent* after four weeks of use and 57 percent* after 8 weeks of use.” 5 fl. oz., $49.50; bioelixia.com
Elemis Body Sculpting Firming System
Following Elemis Body Sculpting Firming System’s two-step process, you’ll feel like you’re ready for your Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover shoot. The lipo-refining serum (phase one) and firming cream (phase two) incorporate elements like marine and plant extracts to break down fat deposits, hydrate skin, and reduce signs of cellulite, therefore, smoothing and firming skin’s appearance. $116; elemis.com
ESPA Deeply Nourishing Body Cream
The body firming cream is packed with a healthy list of ingredients that smooth, firm, and boost cell turnover and natural collagen—ylang ylang, jasmine, wild yam, soya bean oil, mulberry, licorice, and bearberry. 180 ml; $88; us.espaskincare.com
Juice Beauty Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer
If you’re looking for an all-natural option, Juice Beauty’s Green Apple moisturizer hydrates, brightens, and feeds the skin with a bevy of ingredients, including primrose, linsee, borage, organic shea, jojoba, sunflower, organic apple, lemon, grape juices, essential fatty acids, Vitamin C, and peptides. $18; juicebeauty.com
Phytomer Glycolight Night Contouring Bi-Gel
A slimmer, more toned body? We’ll take it. Formulated with two types of caffeine, Phytomer’s contouring Bi-Gel, with sea absinthium ingredient, is basically designed to, in layperson’s terms, eat your fat cells while you snooze so your skin appears tighter and slimmer when you wake up (Sleeping Beauty’s got nothing on you). In clinical studies, women who used the product lost the following after a two-week period, according to Phytomer: waist circumference: -3.1 cm;stomach circumference: -2.8 cm;and hip circumference: -1.8 cm. pricing available through brand; phytomer.fr
Yonka Phyto 152
Part of Yonka’s Body Specifics collection, the paraben-free Phyto 152 cream is made up of 94 percent of natural ingredients, including rosemary, said to firm and regenerate—plus, it nixes the medicinal product-y smell with energizing fragrances like lavender, geranium, cypress, and thyme essential oils). Pricing available through brand; yonkausa.com
*Independent 2012 Consumer Study, USA: statistically significant results from scientifically validated photogrammetric analysis of five women at 28 days and 56 days.