5 Steps to Summer-Ready Legs

Kelly Dougher
summer ready legs

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It’s happened to everyone. After a long winter and a fickle spring, the first truly warm day comes out of nowhere. Surprised and excited, you grab your favorite dress, put on your favorite summer lipstick, and are about to run out the door when you look down at your legs: aka, the only part of your look that is definitely not summer-ready. Whether your legs are glow-in-the-dark pale, dry and flakey, or bumpy and irritated from hair removal, there’s a quick fix for preparing them ready for warmer weather. Keep reading for the best products (and a few beauty hacks) that will give you your best summer legs ever.

1. Use an exfoliating scrub before shaving.

Exfoliate your legs gently during your shower but before shaving to help ward off ingrown hairs and dry skin. Use a scrub like the heavenly-smelling Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish ($15) or make your own with sugar, olive oil and honey. Just be careful not to let your tub get too slippery if you go the DIY route.

2. Get the best shave of your life.

A lot goes into making sure you get a phenomenal leg-shave. Set aside time so that you aren’t rushed. Make sure that the water is warm enough that you don’t have goosebumps, but not so hot that you dry out your skin. Shave at the end of your shower so that your pores will be opened up and your hair will be softer.

And finally, don’t skimp on your shaving cream and razor! After exfoliating, lather up with a luxurious shaving cream that contains beneficial ingredients, such as Whish Coconut Milk Shave Cream with Hair Inhibitor ($24). This new formula moisturizes and soothes skin with natural, organic ingredients and even inhibits hair growth.

Then go to town with a quality razor. A little secret: men’s razors are often better and cheaper than women’s.

3. Nix ingrown hairs and razor burn.

You know now to exfoliate before your shave, but did you know that you can also do chemical exfoliation afterwards? A surprising beauty hack is using acne pads that contain salicylic acid, like Stridex Daily Care Acne Pads ($6.29) to lessen those awful bumps that can pop up on your legs post-shaving. Just get the alcohol-free variety so as not to dry out your skin, and swipe one over your legs after a shower.

You can also use witch hazel, a natural astringent, to help with razor burn if you prefer a more natural route.

Finally, Tend Skin Razor Bump Skin Care Solution ($20) was made for the express purpose of dealing with razor burn and ingrown hairs, and can even help soothe redness and irritation after waxing or laser hair removal.

4. Moisturize with a spray-on lotion.

You moisturize your face and use hand cream, so why not give your legs the TLC they deserve, too? After all, dry, flakey winter skin doesn’t pair well with shorts and miniskirts. We love the convenience of a spray-on moisturizer for spring. St. Ives Lotion Spray ($8) is a great drugstore option that comes in a variety of scents such as Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter. Just spray it on your legs for a non-greasy, natural shine and you’re ready to run out the door.

5. Tan the safe way!

Nothing makes legs look flawless more than an even, golden glow. Avoid tanning beds and natural sun tanning, which can lead to skin cancer and premature aging. Instead, opt for one of the countless self-tanner options available at every price point. Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer ($10) is a great drugstore choice, because it moisturizes while it deposits a subtle glow. Even the fairest skin will have a pretty, non-orange radiance with this tanner.

We also love tanning wipes like Kate Somerville’s Somerville 360 Tanning Towelettes ($45) because they’re mess-free and mistake-proof. Just wipe a towelette over your legs for a subtle, non-streaky tan and you’re ready for summer!

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