I have always wanted to have long, glossy legs! The kind you see on every female celebrity (I dare you to name one with dry legs… I’ll wait).
Since there is very little to be done about length, I set out to find the answer to soft, shiny legs.
If your story is anything like mine, you have probably drained multiple bottles of lotion in search for results (sigh!).
Unfortunately, many lotions will leave you uncomfortably greasy or worse, drier than before.
So, to cut to the chase, how exactly can you achieve smoother, shiny legs? After extensive experimentation and lot of legwork (no pun), I finally came up with the secret behind shiny legs.
What’s even better is that some of these procedures don’t cost much. That said, let’s get cracking ladies!
I’m sure you all saw this coming. Obviously, for shiny legs, you have to get rid or dry flaky skin. What you might not have known is that, for better results, it is best to exfoliate before shaving.
This allows you to remove dead skin from your legs which in most cases clogs your razor preventing a clean shave. Besides, after shaving your skin (it is quite sensitive from nicks and cuts) the last thing you want is to irritate it some more by immediately scrubbing.
The beauty of exfoliating your legs is that you can do it in so many ways ranging from simple natural methods to quite expensive ones. Let me touch on a few.
Use an exfoliating glove.
If you are an avid follower of my posts (bless your soul!) you must have come across out extensive article on exfoliating gloves and their benefits. Just to recap, (or in case you missed it) using exfoliating gloves is an excellent chemical-free means of attaining smooth legs. Simply bring carry your glove to the shower and gently rub your way to gorgeous legs.
Here, you have two choices, you can opt for DIY natural scrubs which are inexpensive and chemical-free. But if this is too messy for your taste, consider purchasing a natural body scrub to get rid of dry, flaky skin.
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#2. Get rid of leg hair.
“Wow! Look at those gorgeous hairy legs!” said NO ONE ever! (Get it?). My point is, hairy legs exfoliated or not, will not have any heads turning in admiration. No matter how much we hate this demanding process, it is a must in order to get your legs ready for short dresses and shorts during summer.
Again, here you have a bunch of options to go with. Starting with the most available and common one, you can easily shave your legs at home using a new razor.
I use the words ‘new razor’ to emphasize the importance of hygiene during this process. Over-used razors accumulate dirt and dead skin which is a harbor for bacteria. Also, shave with some warm water or after a hot shower to loosen up your skin and make sure you use a good shaving cream.
You can also do some waxing and sugaring at home to acquire longer lasting results. I personally find this procedure too painful to execute by myself so a quick visit to the spa usually does it.
A less traveled road when it comes to hair removal is relying on medical procedures. Many people find these procedures too invasive hence stick to shaving and waxing. Nonetheless, medical procedures such as laser hair removal and electrolysis usually destroy hair follicles giving you a more permanent result.
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Moisturize thy skin!
The whole point of exfoliating in the first place is to get rid of dry skin. The last thing you want is to get your skin all dried up again. To avoid this, apply moisturizer immediately after shaving to soothe your irritated skin and for moisture absorption (which is at optimum since hair and dead cells are out of the way).
If you are going to moisturize your skin, you owe it to yourself to do it right. Ditch any lotion with alcohol in it and go for labels with hydrating products such as Shea butter, olive oil aloe-vera and of course water. If you have raw Shea butter at hand, apply it directly to your skin as it makes a great skin moisturizer.
#3. Get that shine!
This is the final and arguably the most important step. You might want to get a paper and pencil for this!
1. Get rid of bruises and spots.
No matter how careful you are, leg bruises and spots are inevitable. To get rid of bruises, soak a cotton ball in some lavender oil and let it sit on the bruise for at least twenty minutes. You will notice it clear up gradually thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of lavender.
You can also apply a mixture of lemon juice and glycerin on your spots to lighten them up overnight.
2. Add shine with oils.
Oils are responsible for that lustrous look in most people’s legs. Going for natural oils will reap you extra
benefits such as skin hydration and toning. In this case, go for olive and coconut oil for hydrated and shiny skin and almond oil for skin toning.
You can also purchase baby oil (a mineral oil) for moisturizing and shine!
3. A little color never hurt anybody!
If it’s already summer, applying oil can be quite uncomfortable. It may also be too late to do anything to fade your scars and bruises. But fret not, there is nothing a little makeup can’t fix!
For skin that is not dark (pale skin) attaining a natural tan is usually a bit of a hassle. You can easily go for a tanning lotion to add a little shine and color to your skin.
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If you a tan-phoebe, keep calm. There are other alternatives that are considered much safer for your skin. For instance, you can easily opt for a bronzer lotion which is definitely a safer option. If you want to save a little money while at it, add some bronzer to your body lotion and apply it to your skin. This will last you longer and cost less.
Alternatively, you can use a body BB Cream that will not only give your legs shiny flawless skin but also heal your skin while at it.
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All said and done, I would love to hear from you. So feel free to share your journey to gorgeous legs through the comment section below.