Prep your pins for summer ready legs
Sunshine means, shorts, flirty dresses and legs. If the thought of getting your legs out for summer is terrifying, fear no more. With spring about to be a distant memory, the race is on to get your pins prepped for a sun-drenched summer, and we don’t just mean a quick shave in the shower. After a long winter and spring hidden away underneath moisture-sucking trousers and tights, what your legs need are some serious TLC, and products designed to put the sheen back into those winter ravaged legs. Here are our top tips for legs you can strut with confidence.
The first step for summer leg prep is a thorough exfoliation. An exfoliant will rid you of dead skin, protect against unsightly ingrown hairs and give legs a radiant, shiny finish that only comes from a good scrub. Isa Marie’s Coffee Sugar Scrub contains essential oils fennel, lemon and cedarwood. As well as removing your dead skin, the coffee and fennel will help improve the appearance of cellulite, and the oil in the scrub helps to moisturise and hydrate parched skin.
Smooth it on
Ensure your legs are in the best condition possible with plenty of moisturiser. A lotion or milk is more lightweight and easily absorbed so it shouldn’t take up too much time. Apply after stepping out of the shower to lock moisture into the skin. Biotherm Anti-Drying Body Milk helps repair flaky skin, whilst its silky texture penetrates, helping to recover a smooth and healthy appearance. Korres's Almond Cherry Body Milk contains almond oil and shea butter for added moisture, as well as a delicious fragrance. If you suffer with cracked heels, rough knees and dry patches, a balm like Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm can help get the healing process underway in time for the big reveal.
Tan it toned
If you’re short on time or patience, fake tan is a fail-safe way to feel more confident about baring legs that haven't seen the sun for months. Make sure to prep legs first by exfoliating and moisturising well. If you just want a subtle glow, mix a little fake tan with body lotion. Clarins Self Tanning Milky Lotion offers hydration and a believable colour for face and body. If you can't wait for a fake tan to develop, gently buff a body bronzer like Lancome’s Flash Bronzer onto your legs, paying particular attention to areas where the sun would naturally hit.
Peel it pretty
If your legs need more targeted attention to combat ingrown hairs, cellulite, or thread veins, a professional leg peel may be your best bet. A personalised treatment with a beauty professional can tone, brighten and smooth legs. In addition, you can consult one-on-one with a therapist regarding your individual issues. Absolute Aesthetics’ Leg Clinic’s full leg treatment offers an exfoliating gel peel containing lactic acid to brighten and smooth legs, a remodelling or tightening mask and an intensifying cream to complete treatment.