Our 4 Step Guide To Silky Smooth Legs
Posted by Rachael Funnell in Body
It’s a rite-of-passage for any woman on a night out in winter, despite the fact hat you’ve spent the whole week trying to wrap out and keep warm, in the evening you throw caution to the wind and rock the tights-free cocktail dress as if the temperature were still in double digits. It’s good to take your legs out for a spin after months of being covered up, but you want your pins party ready when they make their winter debut. For perfect party legs when you’re low on time we’ve compiled our step-by-step program that will fit in with your skin care routine, containing the best beauty tips and tricks to soft, satiny legs.
Step One: Body Brushing
Body brushing is a great way to smooth the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and cellulite in the legs. By dry brushing with natural bristles you can improve the circulation in your legs helping to reduce scars and shrink cellulite and this quick activity can slot in to any time of your day. A quick brush before breakfast or a late night session before bed, either way this top beauty trick can give you gorgeously smooth legs all year round and wont add hours to your skin care routine.
Step Two: Exfoliate
It’s very important to remove dead skin cells from all over your body as this prevents blocked pores, painful ingrown hairs and dry patches which will all throw off your silky leg game. An exotic product we love this Frosted Plum Sugar Scrub by The Body Shop £15 which gently removes dry skin. With luscious scents of Turkish plum this is an online beauty product your legs will thank you for.
Step Three: Hair Removal
There are many methods of hair removal available, creams, waxing, epilating, laser removal, but the fastest method by far is shaving. For flawless legs ensure you’re shaving with a sharp blade, dull blades are more likely to snag on hairs causing inflamed follicles and red bumps - you want to eat the turkey at Christmas not look like it. Most razors will come with a moisturising strip, but if yours doesn’t then it can be beneficial to add a moisturising treatment before shaving to ensure the blade glides over your skin. A great hack is using Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel £3.55, this intensive moisturiser can be added directly to wet or dry legs before shaving and isn’t half as messy as traditional Baby Oil. Shave in your normal style, but ensure you take great care around the ankles and knees as this oil can make the blade slip if you move too quickly, we all know how messy shaving cuts can get and you don’t want your bathroom looking like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
TIP: Whether you shave before the shower, during the shower or after the shower, avoid bathing in searing hot water. Whilst pleasurable very hot water dries out the skin all over your body and with the combined irritation of shaving this will result in unhappy legs. Luke warm is perfect but never go cold, it’s unpleasant and you’ll wind up catching your goosebumps in the blade - ouch!
Step Four: MOISTURISE
You’ll have to pardon my capitals but I cannot stress how important this step is. As well as moisturising as part of your daily skin care routine, you should also moisturise as soon as you get out of the shower or bath, the quicker the better. The longer you stand around basking in the mist coming off you body, the drier your skin is getting by the second. Prioritise your legs after you’ve shaved and moisturise this part of your body first as your pins will be in need of a little TLC. If you’re getting ready to go out, a great product on the market is this luxurious Tresor Body Milk from Lancome £37.80. This silky-soft, oil-free emulsion will lightly wrap your body in soothing scents of Tresor that will leave you smelling gorgeous all night long, no matter how much you dance. It will nourish your show stopping pins leaving them supple, satiny and oh so smooth.
Does your skin have a tendency to get a little red and irritated after shaving? One product that may benefit those with sensitive skin is this Paula’s Choice Clinical Redness Relief Cream £19.50. This soothing skin care product calms sensitive skin, stopping rosacea in it’s tracks and soothing skin after hair removal treatments. With it’s 100% fragrance and colourant free formula, it’s a gentle solution to red and irritated skin. Not sure what skin care products are suitable for you? Why not try taking our quick and free online questionnaire to gain access to hundreds of beauty products that suit your needs.
TIP: If you suffer greatly with problematic skin after shaving, it may be that this hair removal technique is not suitable for you. Another hair removal method that is gentler on the skin is hair removal cream and one great product on the market is this Sensitive Skin Hair Removal Cream from Veet £4.85. This moisturising product dissolves the hair from the root so that it can be gently rubbed off.
This simple guide can fit around your usual skin care routine so that show stopping legs can become a part of your everyday life. You can officially RSVP to those parties with one less thing to worry about. Silky smooth legs? Check. Cocktail dress? Check. Glass of Champagne...?
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