Tried and tested: toning creams
Bored of sagging skin that no amount of gym time can combat? Try a toning cream to help your body stay taut and lean! We’ve road tested four, to give you the lowdown on where to invest your money.
Balance Me Super Toning Body Cream - 4/5
This body cream leaves skin feeling toned and supple after a few uses and is particularly effective when massaged onto dry patches on elbows, knees and lower legs. The formula, which features juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender essential oils, leaves behind a light scent which isn’t overpowering like other aromatherapy products tend to be, and is fast absorbing. A little goes a long way, and you only need around a teaspoon of the cream, which can be applied daily to hips, thighs and upper arms to ward off signs of cellulite.
Mio Get Waisted Sculpting Body Shaper - 3/5
"We want to be totally realistic on this - it is not going to remove large fat deposits," - that's what Mio's website reads, and it's safe to say I didn't use this product with the expectation of my waist instantly shrinking. I certainly felt my skin tighten up after applying though, and I'm looking forward to using it more to see further results. It looks like this is going to be a turn-to product before I head on holiday later this year, but for now it's too soon to tell whether this does what the rave reviews claim.
Legology Air-Lite – 4/5
This won’t magically transform your legs from wobbly to wonderful, but I’ve found using this cream from Legology with my gym workouts that my legs do have a smooth and even tone, and feel really sprightly. They appear toned, and the soothing and cool gel feels great after a heaving treadmill slog. It’s a keeper and I really like it, but be warned, you do need to put the workout work in too!
nspa Firming and Toning Body Cream - 3/5
This competitively priced intensive moisturising cream promises to firm and tone skin in two weeks. It contains the antioxidant vitamin E, caffeine to stimulate and tone and Algae Extract completes the trio of ingredients designed to target your cellulite. The cream has a pleasant perfume, and slightly thick texture which sinks in quickly. Thighs definitely feel smoother after application, and there’s no unpleasant tingling sensation. However, I think my dreaded orange peel needs a little longer than two weeks.