To make sure these treatments penetrate deep into your skin, have a hot shower and exfoliate your skin before using them.
Also, don’t forget to massage properly!
Anti-water retention creams should be applied in movements similar to manual lymphatic drainage (massaging upwards to move water from your legs towards your heart).
Fat-busting creams should be applied to your spare tire/muffin top area with rolling movements (pressing with your fingers and ‘rolling’ with both hands from bottom to top).
Ideally, massage after vigorous exercise: this will burn fat more effectively.