6 Steps to Summer-Perfect LegsThursday, November 22, 2012
Have you ever been too embarrassed to wear a skirt because your legs look less than attractive? Well I have, so much so that I have put together a list of things that you can do to make those legs skirt-ready for summer!
First things first, you want to get rid of any unsightly hair on your legs. Less hair also means more reflection of light, which means shinier, sexier-looking legs!
I recommend the Veet EasyWax at-home hair removal system for a quick, convenient waxing experience. The wax comes with a roll-on applicator, and has easy-to-use refill cartridges that makes waxing mess and fuss-free.
One way to avoid ingrown hairs and unsightly bumps on your legs is to continually exfoliate your skin. You can do this in a number of ways. My favourite ways are using an exfoliating body wash, or dry brushing my skin.
The Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a fantastic dry oil that can be used on the face, body and hair. Apply this to your skin before your shower and brush your skin with a body brush. The skin retains the moisture from the dry oil even after your shower, and keeps your legs smooth and silky, not greasy.
The Huile Prodigieuse OR is a variation of the dry oil - containing gold shimmer that you can use on your face and legs to enhance your glow. Did you know that shimmer placed in the right places can elongate and shape your legs? More on that later.
An exfoliating shower gel that I am loving at the moment is the L'Occitane Magical Leaves shower gel, which is a lovely physical exfoliator with little beads in it that remove dead skin cells, and it smells so good!
Well-moisturised skin is healthy, glowing skin. You want to keep your skin hydrated at all times to make sure that your skin doesn't age prematurely, and that it has a natural glow.
Some moisturisers that hit my beauty cupboard recently are the brand new Vaseline moisturisers, which utilise a Stratys-3 technology that, basically, is able to ensure that all levels and layers of your skin are penetrated with moisture. Healthy skin WIN.
Another fabulous body moisturiser is the Weleda Citrus Hydrating Body Lotion - something I love using when I'm fresh out of the shower in the mornings. A big BIG bonus is that this moisturiser somehow manages to dry into a matte, silky finish.
We all know cuts, scrapes, and sometimes even the odd rash are unavoidable. Fixaderm was formulated to make sure you never have to suffer these unsightly flaws for any longer than necessary. This magic oil is safe to use on cuts, scratches, broken skin, and rashes, and helps the healing process so your skin stays healthy and flawless. I recently suffered a severe case of razor burn (let me tell you, it was pure TORTURE), and tried this out. It burned a little at first, but after that, it really helped, especially at night when I was trying to go to sleep and my legs felt like they were on fire!
Even Out Your Skin Tone
It is difficult to get self-tanning right. You either don't do it at all - which can sometimes result in pale, pallid-looking skin - or you do it too much - which then makes you look like you just stepped off a Willy Wonka movie set.
If you get it just right, though, your skin will thank you! Even pale people can tan, using just enough product so that your skin looks healthier, without actually making your skin darker.
The St Tropez Bronzing Mist is a lightweight tanning mist that is light enough so that fair-skinned people can still use it to even out their skin, without darkening the skin. It is easy to apply and doesn't streak at all. If this is something of interest to you, then head over to my St Tropez review post, which teaches you how to apply a light coating of self tan, plus how to utilise skin illuminators to elongate and slim your legs.
To upkeep your healthy, even skin, I highly suggest using a BB cream with SPF, so that you even out your skin tone and get the sun protection that you need. Affordable BB creams such as the Palmers Eventone BB Cream are perfect to use on your legs. BB creams are formulated to enhance your skin tone and disguise flaws, so this is great for hiding any flaws on your legs and to even out your skin tone even more.
If you are going out and want to enhance your legs underneath that skirt, illuminators are the perfect solution. Illuminating your legs all over will really give them a gorgeous, healthy glow that will look absolutely fantastic in flash photography, and applying them in the right places will shape your legs and make them look slimmer.
Prtty Peaushun is the go-to product when celebrities want to get glowing skin on the red carpet. This gorgeous body lotion is shimmer-infused, smells lovely, and comes in a variety of different tints to match your skin tone and to even out any patchy colours in your skin.
If you're after something more easily available, then the St Tropez Skin Illuminators are perfect. They come in 3 different colours, and uniquely enough, the Violet and Rose illuminators are perfect for paler skins.
So these are my top tips for getting your legs glow-ready for the summer! Do you use any tricks to get your legs in top condition? Tell me in the comments below! :)