According to Reviews, These Are the Best Body Creams to Help Firm and Tighten


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It's the peak season for certain skin-centric topics that still (annoyingly) have yet to be completely normalized within our body- and size-obsessed culture. Cellulite, stretch marks, sagging, uneven skin texture, discoloration—we're here to tell you that all of the above (and any other part of your body you might be tripping up over) is very normal, very expected, and beautiful. We all age, live, experience, and change, and we're here to celebrate that.

That being said, we're also human, and it feels like it's just written into our DNA to become hyperaware of even the most minuscule changes. It's also okay to seek antidotes. For instance, just because I've been on the hunt recently for an effective body cream to help firm, hydrate, and rejuvenate my skin doesn't mean I automatically hate my cellulite or haven't come to terms with how my body has settled or changed since college.

Body-firming creams and cellulite creams are some of the most fervently searched terms on Google (trust—we have analysts who share this kind of intel with us!). And while these types of treatments won't make bumps and lumps disappear, they can be a great way to make your skin look and feel healthy.

Yes, the below body-firming creams might help improve elasticity and tone (the reviews I've included speak for themselves), but they're also dreamy to apply and feel like a little self-care ritual. So cheers to that because we can all use a heaping dose of TLC. Keep scrolling! The 16 best body creams for firming, brightening, and all-around skin boosting are below.

Best Overall: SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate

Best Budget: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula With Vitamin E +Q10 Firming Butter Body Lotion

Nivea Q10 Plus Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion

Juice Beauty Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Body Lotion

Nécessaire The Body Lotion

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Caudalíe Vinosculpt Lift & Firm Body Cream

Bangn Body Firming Lotion Face & Body Moisturizer

StriVectin Crepe Control Tightening Body Cream

Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert

U Beauty Sculpt Arm Compound

Augustinus Bader The Body Cream

Révive Supérieur Body Renewal Firming Cream

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This article was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.