The festive season is here and your social calendar is looking busier than usual. With parties, get-togethers and much more, get ready to flaunt some leg with all those short skirts and dresses. These are a few tips to getting softer, silkier legs this party season.
They will give you that instant boost of confidence and are the perfect accessory for those short hemlines!
1. Don’t Forget To Exfoliate
Flakes are fine for breakfast, not on your legs. The top layer or our skin often gets clogged with dead cells, blocking moisture in general. Choose a salt or sugar scrub with essential oils to soften skin like The Body Shop Chocomania Body Scrub. For more delicate skin, try an exfoliator with oats and shea butter like Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub. Use small, circular motions to rub. Regular exfoliation also helps get rid of annoying, bumpy ingrowths which means smoother skin. Go through our complete guide to exfoliation.
2. Get Oiled Up
I know this is old school but it really helps keep your skin supple and smooth. Plus, a good oil massage before you step into the water also means your body doesn't get stripped of its natural oils. Slap on some coconut oil
or some baby oil, massaging on rough areas like knees and elbows, making sure you get enough on your inner thighs and back. One secret tip is to save this step for after your shower instead, oil up your arms and legs and then just rinse with water. This will bring an extra shine to your skin, especially on your calves for when the light hits them.
3. Plan In Advance
Book yourself in for a waxing appointment a day before a big event. Your legs can look red and bumpy after getting waxed, which can take upto a day to settle. Plus, a lot of us have a tendency to break out right after we wax so avoid such mishaps by scheduling an appointment in advance. Once you're back home, wash your legs with lukewarm water. Use an antibacterial agent like Cetaphil
to avoid redness, sensitivity or breakouts. If you shave, make sure you lather well to get a close, clean shave, take your time and don’t try to rush through the process with your razer. Keep changing your blade from time to time to avoid infections. Slather coconut oil generously after your shave: its antibacterial, anti fungal in nature and will reduce inflammation, if any. Moisturizing after waxing or shaving is essential for silky, healthy skin.
4. That Irresistible Glow
Want your legs to shine bright like a diamond? We do too. A lot of women use baby oil but it feels too sticky. Instead, try your hands at bronzing oils, like The Body Shop Shimmering Dry Bronzing Oil. They are a secret weapon among celebrities and last for hours at a stretch. Take some in your hand and massage thoroughly on legs and thighs for an irresistible sun-kissed glow.
5. Moisturize Like Your Life Depends On It
If you don't use oil, you can't skip moisturising your legs (and the rest of your body). Pat on some moisturiser after a shower when your skin is still damp: this helps seal in moisture and keeps your skin softer through the day. Look for ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid that help hydrate your skin and retain the moisture too. Try mineral and vitamin rich creams like Neutrogena Body Emulsion Daily Relief Lotion
, or Sebamed Anti Dry Hydrating Body Lotion
6. Slap On Some Water For A Quick Fix
You can be out and about when you look down and spot a dry patch on your legs. Here’s a quick trick- slap on some water on the dry patch and let it airdry by the time you reach your destination. You'll see an instant difference and your legs will look eventoned and supple.
7. Get In Shape
Moisturizing and exfoliating are an absolute must for silky smooth legs, but keeping them fit and toned contributes to their aesthetic appeal as well. A bit of exercise like jogging or running or even doing a few squats daily can give you toned, shapely legs that are perfect for short skirts and dresses with sexy slits. MUST-READ: #RealGirlBeauty: How to Treat the Blackheads on Your Nose!MUST-READ: #RealGirlBeauty: How to Get Your Hair Ready for the Festive Season