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June 16, 2009

Top 10 Secrets from the Skin Experts

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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).

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.

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.

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