Derma Doctor Shrinking Beauty Firming, Sculpting, and Toning lotion, $58; dermadoctor.com.The Claim: Created by dermatologist Audrey Kunin, this anticellulite cream employs a mix of plant-based ingredients, plus a complex of proteins and lipids that work together to shrink fat cells and help strengthen skin-firming collagen. After applying the cream on dimpled areas (think thighs, butt, and belly) twice a day for two weeks, you not only will see smoother skin but will also lose up to an inch from the targeted area.
Expert Opinion: "This contains methyl xanthine, an ingredient that, like caffeine, can help shrink and dehydrate fat cells, but only temporarily," says N.Y.C. dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. In other words, don't skip your sit-ups and squats. "This cream is hydrating, and after two weeks I did notice that my tester's skin showed a modest improvement in tone and texture—but it's not going to get rid of a muffin top."
Our Take: Several ladies slathered on the cream for 14 days. Noted one: "It instantly made my legs seem smoother and more toned." Another sneaky tester treated only one leg, then flashed both limbs in front of her husband and asked which one looked better. "Smart guy that he is, he first swore both looked 'perfect,'" she says. "But he was able to pick out the slightly slimmer one."Read MoreLess