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Do you have a belly bulge that just won’t budge, no matter how mindful you are about diet and exercise? The holidays certainly don’t help, but skincare, professional treatments, waist-whittling apparel and other ab-improving hacks may be just what you’re looking for. So if crunches are getting you nowhere and your bank account is the only thing shrinking after Pilates, consider these alternatives…
Faux: Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner ($30)
If you can’t tone it, tan it—and this buildable self-tanner goes to work on more than your skin tone. Formulated with a caffeine derivative called guarana that helps flush away excess fluid, it helps smooth the appearance of puffiness as it delivers natural-looking color that you control based on how often you apply.
Instant + Long-Term Results: Corselette by Amia ($67)
Corsets—also known as waist trainers—were around long before the Kardashians and they just might be the secret to killer curves. These body shapers can help trim your tummy with regular wear, and they’re especially effective for helping your post-baby belly bounce back. One problem: They’re not always all that attractive. This one, on the other hand, has a decidedly feminine, sexy vibe thanks to a lace-trimmed boy-short bottom—and you might even want to show it off.
Almost Pro: SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate ($78)
Skincare designed to strengthen the skin’s supportive matrix of collagen and elastin can help maintain and improve the tautness of your tummy with ongoing use. Formulated with a high concentration of tri-peptides, yeast extract and hydrolyzed rice protein, this supercharged fluid promotes a tighter look and feel as it imparts a cool sensation on contact. P.S. It has also been found to boost the results achieved with in-office skin-tightening treatments.
No matter how mindful you may be about your diet and fitness, some of us have a belly bulge just won’t budge. Enter SculpSure, a non-invasive, light-based body-contouring treatment that eliminates stubborn fat with no downtime. According to Bonnie Marting, ARNP, the Director of Medical Aesthetics at Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida, “We finally have a fat-reducing device that not only works well, but is extremely tolerable, extremely quick, and requires no downtime.” This treatment uses diode laser energy to destroy fat cells with heat, while simultaneously cooling the skin for optimal comfort. Unlike some other body contouring treatments, SculpSure does not incorporate suction, which eliminates the risk of bruising or discomfort afterwards. Marting adds, “Over 90% of our clients are extremely satisfied with their results, and you can lose 25% of fat in a specific area in just 25 minutes.” It’s possible to see visible results in as little as six weeks, however it can take up to 12 weeks to see the final outcomes.