As diverse as our closets may be, I’m sure most women will agree on one thing our wardrobes have in common during this time of year: exposed legs. As I stare into my closet, trying to figure out what to wear, the thought of sweaty and sticky thighs coaxes me into shorts, dresses or skirts the majority of the time. During the summer months, my legs demand extra attention, not only because I am baring them to the world, but because the sun and heat can leave my skin looking dry and flaky. Here are some steps to take to ensure that your sexy stems look their best
1. Exfoliate. The market is flooded with various exfoliating tools including scrubs, soaps, loofahs, and more. Choose one that will rub away dead skin, while leaving you feeling silky smooth, not irritated. I was recently introduced to Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Sugar Scrub in Eucalyptus Spearmint and my world will never be the same again. This scrub is made with sugar and a special blend of sunflower, safflower, sweet almond, and jojoba oils that smoothes the roughest skin (even the wenis, the patch of skin on your elbow). As an added bonus, the stress relieving scent makes me feel like I’m transported to a relaxing spa without ever leaving my bathroom. Other exfoliators that do the trick include Allure Best of Beauty winners, Origins Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub and Jack Black Performance Remedy Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak (also perfect for achy muscles).
2. Shave your legs. Although this may seem like an obvious step, it is one that is often overlooked during the winter, but the “I’m- wearing-pants-no-one-will-see” excuse isn’t going to cut it anymore. Remember to use warm water to open pores and follow your usual shower routine to allow leg hairs to soften. The warm water temperature is key here: hot water dries out skin and increases the risk of razor burn and cold water gives you goose bumps, making shaving virtually impossible. Apply a light layer of shaving cream or gel to avoid cuts and add another opportunity for moisturizing to the routine. Finally, choose your razor carefully; a good one is worth the larger price tag and will make all the difference in the world. My favorite these days is Schick Hydro 5 Razor. I know they say that men’s razors are not created equally, but I have never gotten a closer shave than with this razor.
3. Moisturize. Apply a rich moisturizer immediately after drying off in order to lock in hydration. This will also help minimize ingrown hairs and rashes. Body butters work best if you have particularly dry skin, and I always favor moisturizers that contain shea butter. Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiant is one of my all-time favorites and the moisturizer I always go back to. I also like The Body Shop’s Shea Body Butter.
When you exfoliate, skin is extra-sensitive, so remember to lather on the SPF if you plan on soaking up the sun after this routine! Have any other skin-silkening techniques or products? Share your skincare tips and favorite products below.