Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in January 2013. We decided to update it to include newer body firming creams. Enjoy!
We told you the truth about firming products. Now we want to share five body firming creams that actually do what they claim. Read on for our top creams and serums for a firmer tush, toned thighs and a tighter stomach.
Wei Beauty’s Extra Firming Cream is based on the ancient practice of using the power of chestnuts to firm and lift skin.
Along with the innermost lining of the Chinese chestnut and water (Dr. Baxt’s key ingredient for a successful firming product), this cream uses regional wild honey and herbs to restore elasticity and help re-contour the skin.
Our take: Wei’s Extra Firming Cream has a great smell and a great price. While it doesn’t take the place of a good workout (which also works wonders for your skin), it makes a big difference in the look of saggy skin. After two weeks, I saw a much nicer texture and a much more firm feel to my skin.
Where to find it: Buy Wei Chestnut/Black Soy Extra Firming Cream from WeiBeauty.com; $40
Using protein-rich pumpkin, flavonoid-rich black crowberry juice and rutin salt, this cream tones and tightens your stomach, legs and arms. It also reduces the appearance of and prevents stretch marks.
Apply this cream every morning and evening to any area that needs a little toning; it cream will even firm the décolleté.
Our take: Thanks to an out-of-the-blue growth spurt in high school, my upper thighs have since been plagued with what I’ve liked to refer to as “my zebra stripes”, otherwise known as stretch marks.
Thanks to AM and PM use of this cream for the last week, I’ve seen a marked (haha) reduction in my marks, and my thighs are looking much more toned than they should, given my inability to run longer than 10 minutes.
Where to find it: Buy Sothys Toning Cream from organicskincare.com; $58
Thanks to 100-percent pure plant extracts, including broom, geranium and marjoram, Clarins’ Contour Body Treatment Oil helps to rid your body of toxins in order to smooth, shape and firm the skin. Hazelnut oil will seal in hydration for a more supple-looking appearance and feel.
Our take: My pre-honeymoon secret weapon, no lie. I would apply a small bit of the oil onto my pre-showered skin, massage in and then wash away.
The aroma is amazing, as it is with all Clarins products, and after using it for a solid month, I was ready for an itsy bitsy bikini.
Where to find it: Buy Clarins Contour Body Treatment Oil from Clarins.com; $65
This is a full-body cream designed to absorb quickly into the skin and give you an all-over glow. It is infused with caffeine-rich guaraná extract, cupuaçu butter, açaí oil and coconut oil.
Enjoy the Brazilian secret to smooth skin and a firm body, giving you the confidence to bare all.
The Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum cream is enhanced with heavenly scents like pistachio, almond, and jasmine petals, so you’ll look great, smell great, and feel gorgeous.
Our take: Definitely a top contender for our favorite firming lotion. I use this after a hot shower and can feel results almost immediately. It’s not for use if you’re pregnant, so proceed with caution. While some are adverse to the smell (namely, my husband) I happen to really enjoy it.
Where to find it: Buy Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream from soldejaneiro.com; $45
Nivea researched and developed an advanced formula that combines two known natural, cellulite-blasting ingredients—lotus extract and L-Carnitin.
This cream packs a big punch when it comes to fighting the bumps. When applied regularly to the thighs, tush and tummy, Nivea’s Skin Firming and Toning Gel Cream will visibly smooth and tone the skin.
Our take: With a price point like this, there’s no excuse not to try Nivea’s formula. The gel-cream cools on contact and the results are pretty dramatic after two to four weeks of regular use. I’ve reached for this drugstore product more times than I can count because I love it so much.
Where to find it: Buy Nivea Skin Firming and Toning Gel Cream from walgreens.com; $8.49
Have you used any of these body firming creams? Or do you have another product that you stand by? We’d love to hear about it!