Product: Bliss FatGirlSleep ($38, blissworld.com)
Mission: Firm and induce sleep
Claim: Packed with calming lavender, this rich concoction uses lotus extract to help make lumps less noticeable.
Reality: “My dimples haven’t disappeared, but the skin on my thighs appears somewhat firmer. Every little bit counts! Plus, the formula felt cooling after my nightly bath.” — Hope Teich, Wanaque, New Jersey
Product: Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer ($8.99, drugstores)
Mission: Firm and self-tan
Claim: This lotion helps you build a bronze color gradually and tightens skin with elasticity-boosting ginseng.
Reality: “My thighs look smoother, and the golden brown tan makes my legs and butt look more muscular and toned. I’ll be using this cream all summer.” — Angela Vetta, Brookfield, Wisconsin
Product: Rodial Skinny Beach SPF 15 ($49, rodialskincare.com)
Mission: Firm and protect
Claim: This sunscreen’s vegetable collagen tones skin, and caffeine and peptides help reduce puckering.
Reality: “Unfortunately I didn’t see a difference in my cellulite. But I really like the feel and the light, refreshing fragrance of this cream.” — Cathy Saragosa, Fresno, California
Three simple steps to improve your rear view.
Twice a Day: Slather on Lotion
The tightening effects of anticellulite creams start to diminish after six to eight hours, says Bill Johnson, MD, a cosmetic specialist in Dallas. Apply an additional layer at midday to extend the toning time.
Once a Day: Exfoliate
Creams and gels will penetrate the skin on your butt and thighs more deeply if you slough dead cells first, Dr. Johnson says. Sweep a natural-bristle brush over cellulite-prone areas before you hop into the shower.
Three Times a Week: Stretch It Out
Boosting circulation helps lessen lumps, says Howard Murad, MD. Get blood flow going: Lie on your back and extend legs. Bend your right leg and pull your knee into your chest. Hold 20 seconds; switch legs to do one rep. Repeat twice.