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The future of (anti) aging

Tone, tighten & smooth

A trip to the cosmetics counter says it all: Skin care is an ever-changing business. Last year's big news is this year's snooze as fresh products hit the shelves, promising to tone, tighten, and smooth better than anything that's come before. Here, the pros address your biggest aging concerns, tell us what's hot and what's not, and offer a glimpse of what the future might bring.
Jeff Westbrook


Old Think: We've tried every trick, from going on anticellulite diets to applying Preparation H, but those dimples are tough to treat. Even liposuction couldn't nix those pesky fat cells trapped between the fiber bands that connect the skin's tissue. Mechanical massage treatments such as Endermologie work but require regular maintenance.


New Think: At home: Circulation-boosting ingredients such as caffeine can temporarily reduce water retention, making cellulite less prominent. "Ingredients that plump and firm the top layer of the skin can decrease the appearance of cellulite too," says Kaplan. Try Orlane Slimming Contouring System, $150, or Bliss fatgirlslim, $29.


At the Doctor's Office: New treatments such as VelaShape and SmoothShapes combine radio-frequency technology and lasers to tighten skin and break down fat, reducing the appearance of cellulite.


Future Think: Turns out, cellulite smoothing is an unexpected side effect of the skin-tightening procedure Thermage, so a cellulite-specific version could be next. Bank also says that ultrasound technology, available only in Europe, looks promising.


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