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L’Oréal Paris Body Expertise Perfect Slim (£11.22/200ml) Pamela Brown, (66) from Nottingham, says: Easy to apply, sinks in quickly and has a pleasant smell, but it didn’t really do the trick. It contains fibre-elastyl, which it says helps reduce the appearance of orange peel skin and improve firmness, but it didn’t do either. The only way I think it would work is if it is used in conjunction with a lot of exercise. After using the product for eight weeks my thighs felt softer but there was no visible difference. I wouldn’t buy it because I could get away with using a body moisturiser.

Templespa Go Figure AntiCellulite and Slimming Gel (£25/150ml) Christine Harris (70), from Kent, says: Despite the slightly tacky feeling it leaves on your skin, this gel was light and had an invigorating smell. It claimed to break down fat and firm and tighten the thigh area but there was no instant change. After three days the tops of my legs looked firmer and softer. I also increased my daily water intake when trialling this product, which may have helped boost results. I think £25 is expensive, but it gave fantastic results, so worth splashing out on as a treat.

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(£12/150ml) Patricia Blakeman (61) from Birmingham says: Avon promised to reduce the appearance of my cellulite and boost circulation by combining roller balls and cream together. It looks a little technical, but it was really easy to use, although the metal balls felt cold and left a slight tingly sensation. I applied it twice a day to my thighs and bum, but didn’t see much of a result. After eight weeks, my skin felt softer but there was no change in the appearance of my cellulite. I was sceptical about cellulite creams before and this 5/10 just wasn’t for me.

(£38/200ml) June Forrester, (50) from Haywards Heath, says: This gel smelt gorgeous! It was light and easy to use and I loved how it left a subtle coating on the skin, which made my legs look smoother. It contains Biosculptine, an ingredient that claims to eliminate toxins in the skin and stop fatty tissues forming. After a couple of weeks of testing, my skin texture improved but there wasn’t a huge difference to my cellulite. It didn’t visibly reduce the appearance of my cellulite, but I would buy it again, because it’s great for improving skin texture just in time for summer. 8/10

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StockiStS: Avon 0845 601 4040 www. avonshop.com; Jean d’Estrées www. screenglam.com; L’Oréal 0800 072 6699; Templespa www.templespa.com; The Sanctuary Spa www.thesanctuary.co.uk; Weleda 0115 944 8222 www.weleda.co.uk; Details correct at time of going to press

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