Gingerbread…eggnog...champagne. The holiday season is over! After enjoying some end-of-the-year indulgences, you may be thinking about how to reshape your body. What if you just had to slather on some cream to get a slim sculpted shape? Sounds like a dream come true, right?
Unfortunately, it is just a dream. You won’t sculpt your body with a miracle cream. In fact, the FTC recently settled its charges against L’Occitane, Inc., for touting its skin creams, Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight, by overpromising their results. The company marketed the products as cellulite fighters “proven” to sculpt up to 1.3 inches from the thighs and slim the body in just 4 weeks. But according to the FTC, L’Occitane didn’t have the proof it needed to make those claims. As part of the settlement, L’Occitane agreed to stop making claims for these products without the required scientific evidence to back up what they say – and to pay $450,000 in refunds to people who bought the creams.
Which brings me back to those pesky holiday challenges. Remember that getting to your desired shape takes work. Take a pass on any product that promises miracle results without the effort of diet and exercise. There’s nothing you can apply to your skin that will cause you to reshape yourself. Dream creams that claim to sculpt your thighs? Let’s just say they’ll rub you the wrong way.