Beauty

6 of the best firming body creams

Having any last minute doubts about braving it in your bikini? Try 6 of the best firming body creams…  As when it comes to feeling beach-ready, boost your body and reach for a cream that will smooth, even out and tone your skin. There are now some incredibly advanced, scientifically-compiled skin firming creams on the market that can drastically improve anything – from stretch marks and scars to cellulite, bingo wings or a sagging bum.

Of course a clean diet, exercise and an active lifestyle are key to a healthy, toned body (both outside and in!) but sometimes even that doesn’t quite get rid of that stubborn cellulite or uneven skin texture that so many of us battle with. So look no further, here are our pick of the wonder products to sculpt and lift you into the summer holidays and beyond. Take that confidence to the beach.

Omorovicza firming body oil

This oil has a delicious aromatic citrus scent, glides easily onto the body and absorbs fast into the skin. It contains plum almond oil, essential oils of sage, chamomile, rosemary and rose geranium, calendula oil and vitamin A-rich apricot kernel oil, which all promote healing, softening, soothing and toning to the skin. The oil also claims to boost the production of collagen and provide an antioxidant defence against free radicals with tocopherol. After regular use you will see a boost in the elasticity of the skin, a reduction in stretch marks and a general softer, suppler, smoother and more hydrated look. It’s also free from synthetic fragrance, colours and parabens. It’s also multi-purpose and a great one to take with you on holiday as you can also run it through wet hair for a conditioning effect.

£46 for 100ml

 

Clarins extra firming body cream

A luxurious and nourishing cream to treat your skin over the summer; this firming body cream has a thick, rich texture – not quite as thick as a body butter but very creamy and easily soaked into the skin on application without being greasy. It has a lovely subtle fragrance and my skin felt instantly softer and smoother. The firming element of the cream wasn’t hugely noticeable, but the constant regular massaging of the formula into the skin seemed to help produce a more toned look.

£41 for 200ml

 

Bliss Spa Fat Girl Six-Pack

For last-minute six pack sculpting, Bliss has developed fatgirlsixpack – a targeted treatment and formula that contains a powerful blend of six active ingredients including: caffeine, creatine, oat kernel extract, latex-rich tree extract, menthol and a special botanical extract – to assist in the look of more toned and firmer-looking skin. The cream comes with an applicator to vigorously and effectively massage the formula into your skin. This isn’t a miracle cream, but you’ll certainly notice a real difference in skin firmness on your six-pack journey.

£35 for 145ml

 

Mio Skincare Shrink to Fit Cellulite

An effective cellulite-blasting serum set in a richly moisturising cream, where you will see a visible improvement of that dimply orange peel skin look. The cream’s formula contains Green Tea, Minerals and Coffee Arabica Seed Oil to boost the skin’s elasticity, increase its microcirculation, reduce water retention and flush out toxins. The results are flatter, smoother, more elastic and less lumpy-looking skin. Quinoa Extract and Shea Butter in the cream allows it to mega-moisturise. All of the Mio formulas are free from parabens, synthetic fragrance and colourants. You can use Shrink To Fit twice a day wherever you have cellulite. Mio suggests one pump per leg and bum cheek is a sufficient amount. We found this a very small quantity, but the highly-concentrated formula paired with vigorous massage delivered results. Mio also offers top massage tips to help you achieve maximum results and get the most out of Shrink To Fit, including dry brushing and skin rolling.

£35 for 100ml

 

Rodial Super-fit Size Zero

With this cream, Rodial recommends it is used twice daily alongside regular exercise for optimum results. But if you don’t have time before that last minute holiday don’t worry, the cream still makes a good impact on the appearance of skin. It contains Vitamin E and replenishes moisture in the skin. It works well as a general toning daily moisturiser to give a svelte silhouette over time. It also contains pro-sveltyl®, which reduces the cycle of fat accumulation and water retention, combatting the appearance of cellulite as well as improving skin elasticity.

£55 for 300ml

 

Nivea’s Q 10 Plus Firming Body Lotion

We found this to be one of the very best on the high street for a speedy toning solution before a holiday or event. Nivea’s firming lotion has a fast-acting formula infused with natural lotus and L-carnitine to target those problem areas and reduce signs of cellulite. We saw a good improvement after consistent use over two weeks; our thighs felt smoother and looked more even.

£6.79 for 400ml