iQ Derma Firmaceuticals Firming Body Gel — Firm Biz
Cellulite remains one of the most taboo subjects for women — and yet, given the abundance of anti-cellulite creams and gels on the market (from Tarte’s CelluFIGHT to Nivea’s Good-Bye Cellulite Smoothing Cellulite Gel-Cream to Rodial’s Body Sculpture), it’s clear that the 95% of women grappling with this problem are silently suffering with their insecurities, looking for a new product that will completely obliterate any unseemly, dimply patches of skin. So first, let’s demystify the topic: just because you have some cellulite, that doesn’t mean you’re obese. It also doesn’t mean that you’ve let yourself go. Women fat and skinny alike cope with the orange-peel effect — again as many as 95% of women are believed to have cellulite on some area of their body, so the stats speak for themselves.
What exactly is cellulite? In the most basic terms, it’s an accumulation of water, fats and toxins underneath the skin surface. Though one’s physical predisposition for cellulite is mainly determined by genetics and hormonal factors, poor circulation, smoking, inactivity, and yo-yo dieting can also exacerbate the problem, as they can minimize cortisol production (which helps to break down fat), or lead to greater amounts of fat being stored underneath the skin surface.
The bad news: there’s no “cure” for cellulite. Dieting alone won’t do the trick and, while exercise will minimize the appearance of existing cellulite, it won’t eradicate the problem. Similarly, there are currently no creams, gels, or other treatments that can zap away the cottage cheese calamity — you can get as many massages as you want, slather on firming creams, and change your diet, but none of these “remedies” will guarantee smooth, dimple-free skin.
The good news: topical treatments may not yield long-term results (there’s no scientific proof that any skincare company has discovered some magical cellulite-blasting formula, and some dermatologists argue that topical treatments simply can’t penetrate the dermis far enough to reach the areas where cellulite is formed), but they can temporarily tone the skin and camouflage problem areas.
The iQ Derma Firmaceuticals Firming Body Gel is one of the most effective anti-cellulite creams I’ve tried thus far since it seems to improve the skin’s texture thanks to a combination of ingredients like: caffeine, which many argue can break down fat cells (though, again, the scientific evidence is sketchy at best); pro-sveltyl, a botanical extract derived from the lotus plan which recent studies suggest can reduce thigh or abdominal circumference; and adiporeguline, a complex which is said to accelerate the lypolisis process (the breakdown of fats) in the adipocyte cells (which store fat and tend to stack together to create the dreaded cellulite effect). The Firmaceuticals Firming Body Gel does seem to practically suction your thighs and hips, making them appear slimmer and giving the skin a more taut and smooth look, but let’s be clear: this is a temporary solution. Personally, I like applying it to my thighs, hips and abdomen when I know I’m hitting the beach or when I’m slipping into a teeny summer dress, so I can feel more confident when I expose larger areas of skin.
In terms of consistency an texture, the Firming Body Gel literally feels like a slightly watery hair gel — it’s extremely fluid and lightweight, but it does initially feel a bit sticky. It dries rather quickly though and, once it does, the stickiness disappears and there’s no greasy or oily residue. In fact, you’re bound to forget you applied it in the first place — except, of course, when you look in the mirror and your thighs look more Baywatch-worthy than before!
iQ Derma Firmaceuticals Firming Body Gel, $80. Available at Dermstore.com