Tried and tested: Firming creams

Our guinea pigs put three firming creams to the test on their wobbly bits...

Bliss Fatgirlslim Hide & Glow Sleek Firming and Luminous Tinted Body Spray, €41.70 (, free P&P)

“The spray is easy and quick to use — and although I didn’t find it particularly ’firming’, the added plus point of being tinted means it hides a multitude of sins. 

"The tint is incredibly natural and requires very little blending — perfect for getting those pins out during the colder months.” 


Cloud 9 Body Makeover Skin Firming Body Gel & Cellulite Treatment, €48.65 (, free P&P)

“The cool blue gel absorbed quickly — it did leave a touch of redness and tingling feeling, but wasn’t unpleasant. 

"I used it twice a day and spent 15 minutes massaging it into my bum, tum, and thighs. 

"After three weeks I noticed my thighs and bum felt and looked smoother and my stomach didn’t feel so flabby.” 


Soap and Glory Sit Tight Super-Intense 4-D Targeted Firming and Smoothing Lower Body Serum, €24.50 (

“The three roller balls on this chunky tube make application a doddle. The gel feels cool when it goes on, then I felt a slight tingling, warm sensation. 

"I’ve been using it on my thighs and while I’ve not noticed a massive difference in firming, it certainly feels nice, so I will persevere.” 



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