Cellulite cream is one of the beauty products my friends constantly ask me about, which makes sense considering almost every adult human has some degree of cellulite. And, like, I get it—even though cellulite is totally normal and natural, not everyone is a fan of theirs, which is why a quick, dimple-smoothing lotion can sound so appealing. But unfortch, it's not that simple: No cellulite cream (or product in general) can get rid of your cellulite—only surgical options can. But! The right cellulite cream can leave your skin feeling smoother, softer, and tighter...as long as you know which formula to choose.
But first, some background: Cellulite is a structural change that happens deep within your skin tissue, meaning no topical product can really treat it at home. However, some cellulite creams are filled with powerful ingredients (see: retinol and caffeine) that can smooth, tighten, and firm your skin, potentially helping to soften the look of cellulite temporarily. And because not all formulas are created equal—or are even truly effective—I tested and reviewed a few of my favorites on my own cellulite, then chatted with dermatologists Yunyoung Claire Chang, MD; Marnie Nussbaum, MD; and plastic surgeon Finny George, MD; for all the facts, below:
✔️ FYI: We updated this article in March 2023 to give you the most up-to-date info on cellulite creams, including new tried-and-tested formulas, two dermatologists and a plastic surgeon's take on cellulite cream ingredients, and how to choose a cellulite cream for yourself.
Now keep reading for the full breakdown of the best cellulite creams, according to my own testing and product reviewers, along with tips from dermatologists and plastic surgeons on how to choose the best creams and what to look for before you buy.