Gallery 10 Steps to Summer-Ready Legs
The key to getting perfectly smooth legs is to give them a good scrubbing. AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Body Exfoliator ($22, ulta.com) cleans and exfoliates skin with red algae and Dead Sea minerals. Just use in the shower in place of your normal body wash.
Now that the weather no longer calls for tights, it’s time for the dreaded task of shaving. Olay and Gillette teamed up to make the Venus & Olay Sugarberry Scent Razor ($10.65, soap.com), which moisturizes skin as it shaves. If you prefer going hairless longer (and who doesn’t?), go with the Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll On Kit ($29.97,walmart.com). The temperature is regulated so you don’t have to worry about over- or under-heating the wax.
Legs won’t look their best unless they’re properly hydrated, which is where Orico Superico Omega Rich Body Oil ($40, oricolondon.com) comes in. The oil is best applied right after stepping out of the shower. The formula sinks into skin and dries quickly.
If there’s one thing that doesn’t go with denim cut offs, it’s flabby legs. Soap & Glory Super Sit Tight Intense XS Special Super-Strength Body Firming Serum ($38, sephora.com) aims to tighten legs with a pressure-sensitive microsphere technology that releases skin-boosting caffeine. The blend of ingredients helps to smooth bumpy areas and reduce puffiness.
The upper thigh area becomes a real problem come swimsuit time, and cellulite is the number one enemy. Fight it with Vichy CelluDestock Intensive Treatment for the Appearance of Cellulite($39.50, vichyusa.com). By massaging the cream into your skin each day you can help reduce the appearance of those dimples that are never as cute as they sound.
Another foe of gorgeous legs is the stretch mark, and there’s never just one. Whether they are fresh or old, Celtrixa Intensive Stretch Mark Treatment($79.95, hydroxatone.com) uses a soft focus effect to fade the look of stretch marks by up to 66%.
If warm weather sneaks up quicker than you expected, go from pasty princess to bronze goddess with Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer ($7.99, drugstore.com). You apply it the same way as a normal moisturizer, but you will see a noticeable change in your skin’s color within three days.
Ok, it may sound boring, but if you’d prefer not to spend the rest of your days hiding under a full-body swimsuit and umbrella, then you need to put on your sunscreen. Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen For Body, Broad Spectrum SPF 30($24, beautysage.com) gives your legs natural (and thorough) protection.
Now that legs are summer-ready, it’s time to show them off. Before stepping outside, mist yourself with Victoria’s Secret Instant Bronzing Shimmer Dry Oil ($15, victoriassecret.com). It gives skin a natural-looking sheen and camouflages small imperfections with light-reflecting shimmer.
If you overdo it outside, give your exposed legs a break with Yes To Cucumbers Natural After-Sun Serum (With Shimmer) ($9.99,yestocarrots.com). A mixture of aloe, sea kelp and green tea calms irritated and sunburned skin, but still gives you a hint of shimmer, so you look amazing when you walk back outside.