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June 29, 2006
Caffeine connection

Sublime Slim.jpg Need a jolt of caffeine? No, we're not talking about that afternoon pick-me-up you drink. Our favorite stimulant is finding its way into a variety of body-firming products, including L'Oreal's Sublime Slim Patches Targeted Body Firming Treatment. Say that 10 times, click your heels together and dimpling will disappear.

Well, not really. But if you've got a special occasion coming up this holiday weekend and a special dress to wear that bares certain areas those dumbells haven't finished fixing, these nifty patches could be your quick fix.

Here's how they work: The patches, which look sort of like a deck of cards, contain caffeine, which is absorbed into the skin and acts as a dieretic, flushing out excess water. The patches should be worn for about eight hours, and can be worn under clothing. And no, it doesn't hurt when you remove them - it's easier than a Band-Aid because there's gel-like moisturizer in 'em.

A box goes for about $14. You can't buy the patches at Starbucks, but wouldn't that be a hoot? You can find them, however, at most drugstores. Which begs a trip to the recently opened Rite Aid at 21st and S streets. Nothing like that new drugstore smell. While you're there, be sure to check out the bath and body aisle, which is adorned with what looks more like department-store shelves than those in a drugstore. Very chi-chi.

-- Leigh Grogan

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