Sorry! They don’t. With apologies to my friends who are all about the magical lotions and potions that you slather on your thighs and abdomen to make your “problem” areas appear slimmer…that’s all it comes down to. Appearances. What’s really going on is a temporary tightening (and a mild one, at that) that gives you the illluuuusion of a skinny-fying effect.
The fact of the matter is this: if these creams were actually changing the composition of your body and making cellulite disappear, they’d have to be FDA regulated as honest-to-goodness drugs…and not just faux-happiness creating miracle serums. Sure, if cellulite creams were available for free at the local CVS, I’d say, “By all means! Knock your thighs out!” But they’re usually costly–albeit supremely glamorous and often French–and between you and me, Jolie would rather you waste your money on something infinitely better. (Like a cute pair of dark jeans that will flatter those curves in all the right places.)