Top 10 Secrets from the Skin Experts
8. GET JIGGLY WITH IT
Ninety percent of women including supermodels have cellulite. Few, after all, are immune to its underlying causes, such as hormones, fat, and heredity. Remedies run from Mesotherapy the red-hot treatment from France that injects plant extracts and other herbal substances into your fat pockets to the recently FDA-approved Smartlipo, a fat-melting laser that's inserted just below the skin's surface ($4000 to $5000 per area). And while some women still lie down and let the skin-kneading rollers of Endermologie do their stuff, others find a firming moisturizer will plump up the area and make cellulite less noticeable (a sensible choice, since no cellulite "fix" has been proven to be permanent).
9. SMOOTH MOVES
A new FDA-OK'd light therapy called Titan is producing respectable results in firming saggy stomachs and breasts. There's no downtime, and the cost is a plus: $750 to $2500 a session for up to three visits, compared with up to $30,000 (the price of a tummy tuck and boob job). In search of a more polished skin surface, women are also opting for skin-doc developed moisturizers rich in vitamins and hyaluronic acid, which combat signs of aging sagging, lost luster, dryness as effectively below the neck as they do above. Winter tip: Choose one of the new moisturizing shower gels that cleanse and leave behind a layer of hydration.
10. GLOW TIME!
Linda Hay, the makeup wizard behind the bronzed goddesses in Victoria's Secret ads and fashion shows, knows from fabulous faux tans: "Whether you're using body makeup or a self-tanner, exfoliate first so you get an even finish," she says. Self-tanning mousses are simplest to slather on and quickest to dry; if you go the makeup route, choose a luminous lotion, which is easy to apply all over. Shimmer powders, swears Hay, slim the silhouette.