Friday, July 17, 2015

Do firming lotions work?

The weather just keeps getting warmer and warmer which means our clothes get smaller and smaller revealing more skin. If your are like me, you don't feel 100% comfortable with the way you look, especially in shorts. I am really not happy about spider veins, cellulite and legs that could use more toning. The spider veins can be covered with concealer and/or leg makeup to make them less noticeable. The leg muscles can be firmed up with many squats and lunges. But the cellulite, well that's a different story. It is basically impossible to get rid of it.

We can make it look a little better by exercising, which tones muscles, helps burn fat and increases circulation, and by using a firming cream or lotion.  A firming cream or lotion that contains caffeine or contains ingredients that contain caffeine helps reduce water retention in the skin. Part of the cellulite problem is that fat cells tend to hold onto water puffing them up. Reduce the water retention and you reduce the puffiness of the cellulite. It's not gone, but it looks a little less noticeable. Drinking or eating foods with caffeine does not seem to have the same effect on cellulite. Also, cellulite is less noticeable when the skin is firm.

Nuance Salma Hayek Firming Body Cream

I have been using Nuance Selma Hayek Dark Cacao and Coffee Firming Body Cream for a couple of months now. It contains Cocoa and Coffee which both contain caffeine. It hasn't done huge miracles, but find it has improved not only the look of the cellulite but the firmness of the skin as well. The problem with it is the smell. Many people complain about it. It doesn't smell terrible to me but it certainly doesn't smell good. It kind of smells like wheat to me. The good thing is the smell dissipates quickly. I tried a sample of this product a few years ago when it was new and I thought is smelled different, kind of chocolaty. Maybe it was my imagination. It does not smell of chocolate now. I keep using it because the smell goes away quickly and I like the results.

The directions say to use it at least once a day. I have been good at once a day before bed. Sometimes I take the time to do it in the morning, too. It is also good for firming up other body areas, such as the upper arms. It is a nice moisturizing body lotion with natural ingredients. Here is the ingredient list:

Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Illite, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

I am interested in trying some of her other products since I like this one. I picked up a beautiful Nuance mineral eyeshadow duoin Moonstone/Shimmering Sand just the other day. 
Nuance Salma Hayek eye shadow
It's a soft shimmer shadow that will look amazing when I wear it at the beach. The Nuance Age Affirm Firming Neck and Chest Balm looks like a product I must try, too. I let you know what I think of it when I try it.
Click here to view Salma Hayek firming products.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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