by Lexi Novak
The Anti-aging Compression Leggings are part of the company's GOLD line, which, according its the website, incorporates 24-karat gold "nanoparticles" in the garment yarn. (No one is saying exactly how much gold there is, but we're guessing it's not enough to melt down and cash in at your local jeweler.) The pricey metal supposedly binds to hyaluronic acid and hydrates the skin, protects it from free radicals, "helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles and recovers youth and elasticity." I'm not going to lie; those claims sound pretty awesome, and the impulsive buyer in me definitely wants to click "checkout." But the effects of these golden pants also sound suspiciously similar to just slathering on a bunch of lotion.
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"Every few years pants like these reappear, but there is no science to support these claims," says dermatologist Jeannette Graf. "Gold does not induce collagen production or hyaluronic acid production. If the pants work at all, the effect is temporary and only because they're so tight--you can get the same effect from Spanx. Also, gold can cause dermatitis."
And there you have it. For $200, you can get silky smooth legs by wearing leggings. Or, for less than $10, you can get equally soft, equally cellulite-y gams from a drugstore cream.