She's got legs
And we're getting them ready for skirt season with these problem-solving products and procedures
Stamp out cellulite
The good news about those dimples? You can stop trying to squat them away—exercise (or weight loss) won’t have any effect on cellulite, which is a collection of deep-seated fat cells pushing against connective tissue. You can pick up Jergens Skin Firming Moisturizer ($5.99 at drugstores), which uses the herbal extract centella asiatica to diminish the appearance of cellulite. Or, for a potentially more permanent treatment, pop by Refine Med Spa (233 E Erie St, suite 2500, 312-867-0600) for an endermologie session ($85), a penetrative, mechanical massage that rolls and sucks skin to stimulate blood flow, or head to >Spa 32 (832 W Adams St, 312-432-1132) for mesotherapy ($500 per treatment), a series of injections said to break up fat cells. Both require repeat visits and have loyal fans, but there’s minimal research supporting their effectiveness.
Make veins vanish
People who spend a lot of time on their feet, are getting on in years or have less-than-ideal genes may be familiar with raised swollen blood vessels called varicose veins, or their smaller, red, purple and blue cousins, spider veins. Curse your parents (heredity is a leading cause), then head to the drugstore for a pair of support hose or compression stockings ($4–$100), which prevent veins from developing by improving circulation. If you’ve got a bit more dough to spend and existing veins to remove, head to the Tiffani Kim Institute (310 W Superior St, 312-260-9000) for sclerotherapy ($900 per 45-minute session), which dermatologist Carolyn Jacob calls the “gold standard” for vein treatment. A doctor injects your veins with a concentrated saline solution and you see a reduction or elimination of swelling and color three to six weeks later.
Smooth away stretch marks
There’s no word on whether Katie (sorry, we mean Kate) or Angelina have been afflicted, but stretch marks are a common result of pregnancy—or any other period of rapid weight gain or loss. Essentially, the collagen and the elastin in the skin’s middle layer break down and the replacement cells form a red or white dermal scar. Prescription Retin-A cream ($47–$133 at drugstores) can mute redness by constricting blood vessels, but there’s not much DIY relief available for white ones. Pure Med Spa (840 N Michigan Ave, 312-787-4028) claims its herbal Green Peel ($495 per session, three recommended) can minimize red and white stretch marks by increasing blood circulation, and peeling off the outer skin layer. We’re not convinced any skin peel can affect stretch marks, but we are damn sure that $495 can buy a lot of thigh-covering denim.—Valerie Nahmad