I was given the opportunity to try the Up Beauty Firm Me Up ($89), a firming, anti-cellulite cream, on my aging, flabby, lumpy thighs. I'm 58 years old, and my thighs are the bane of my beauty existence. I've tried everything product-wise, as well as massage and Endermologie, and Velashape, with little or no results.
Up Beauty claims their Firm Me Up is unlike anything on the market because of Lipoderm Core, a proprietary delivery system that increases penetration and boosts micro-circulation, as well as including a heavy-hitting group of cellulite busting ingredients. So, I thought this might be worth a try. Again.
I decided to apply the cream only on my right thigh to see if it looked any better than the left at the end of 30 days. The directions suggest you apply the cream twice a day, which I usually did (I skipped a few nights here and there). It also says that if applied on moist, freshly bathed skin, you may notice a warming sensation, presumably the micro-circulation boost that's promised.
The cream is lightweight and blends in easily, which is nice for an anti-cellulite cream. Sometimes they're so difficult to massage in, I'm convinced that's the only reason one might see any difference. The fragrance is pleasant, but for some reason it reminded me of a fruity cocktail (as in alcoholic beverage) every time I used it. Though, at least it didn't smell bad, which is another tendency of the anti-cellulite creams I've used in the past. I also found it to be very moisturizing, which was great. That warming sensation, though? Whoa, boy! Let me say this girls: do put some underwear on to protect yourself if you plan to massage this anywhere near your upper thighs. You're welcome. Also, I personally can't imagine using this on hot days or if you get hot flashes, though it does dissipate after about 20 minutes.
According to their website, Lipoderm Core is "a proprietary and patent pending blend of advanced ingredients encapsulated in a targeted delivery system which drives the product directly to the cellulite." Those ingredients are: glaucine, which supposedly breaks down fatty deposits, inhibits new fat cells and stimulates collagen; L-Carnitine, which breaksdown fat; caffeine, which increases cellular activity and metabolism; and lastly quinoa extract, which supposedly restricts the storage of fat in cells, but in the only study I found on this, the extract was given to mice as an oral supplement , so not sure how that translates to external application. The rest of the ingredient list features such emollients as shea butter, coconut oil, safflower seed oil, and the new to me sacha inchi oil and pracaxi oil, as well as ceramides, vitamin E, vitamin C and copper glucanate. The product is free of parabens, but for me the one big caveat would be the preservative Methylisothiazolinone, which has been proven to cause nerve damage. It's usually only used in rinse-off products, which not only is this not, but the product is promoted as being unusually penetrating, so that's a bit scary.
The tube has a handy line printed on the side which supposedly indicates the point at which you should start noticing results. So? Way past that line and after more than eight weeks, my thighs both look the same to me. I saw no improvement. My right thigh actually looks a bit worse. But my thigh did feel very smooth and moist!