Keep It Short: Prep Your Legs for Their Best Summer Yet

Keep It Short: Prep Your Legs for Their Best Summer Yet

As hemlines rise with the temperatures, it’s time to focus on your two best summer accessories…

This post comes to you from contributor Arden Andrews.

As spring finally gives way to summer this month, it’s officially time to consider your two most important warm weather accessories — that set of stems you’ve been wrapping in denim and lycra for the majority of 2017. Swapping ankle-grazing hemlines for leg-baring looks is all about preparation, which is why we’ve put together your DIY guide to buffing, hydrating, and protecting your gams for a season in the sun. Below, the necessary steps to letting your legs live their best life this summer:

Step 1: Polish to Perfection

Dryer times leave your legs dull and ravaged of moisture, making circulation-boosting exfoliation the key to bringing the life back to your lower half. Buff away dead skin cells with a nourishing salt scrub, or pair your favorite body wash with a sisal bath brush to slough off dull spots while encouraging blood flow—a must for maintaining youthful skin long term.

Step 2: Elevate Your Routine

Toss your plastic pool toy of a razor for this glam upgrade that’s designed specifically to minimize irritation and ingrown hairs. The nourishing neroli oil acts as an equally modern alternative to notoriously drying shave foam, replenishing skin with vitamins and fatty acids as it allows the blades to safely glide across the surface.

Step 3: Build Up to It

There’s a reason chic French visionaries like Coco Chanel and Josephine Baker popularized the suntan—a bronze glow has the uncanny ability to hide imperfections and sculpt limbs, especially when it doesn’t come at the cost of aging UV rays. With a paraben-free gradual tanning lotion or organic tan extender, you can build that flattering shade of color at a believable rate — no pretend trip to Bali required.

Step 4: Protect Your Assets

It may feel as though you don’t need to block up your legs because they seem to burn at a slower rate than your face and neck, but get serious — the most common place for melanoma on women is their legs. And if that doesn’t scare you straight, the photodamage from extended bouts of unprotected sun should — no one’s trying to rush into crepe-y knees and sunspots faster than they’re fated. This organic, water-resistant SPF formula sprays on consistently sheer, so you won’t have to waste a minute rubbing it in.

Step 5: Let It Gleam

Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a turn on the dancefloor, a little luster never hurts. Shimmer products not only dazzle our senses, they also camouflage (or shall we say, enhance?) problem areas with the help of light-reflecting particles. And as if a superfine dusting of rose gold wasn’t tempting enough, this formula adds the healing powers of bentonite clay into the equation, plus leaves behind the soft scent of lavender as you march confidently toward the next heat wave.

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6 Amazing Beauty Tips for Legs

Get ready to bare yours with these glow-enhancing ideas… 

This post comes to you from beauty contributor, Kari Molvar.

Have you stopped to think about how awesome your legs are? They truly are an amazing source of strength—quite literally—propelling you forward through life. Spring’s best fashion—from high-waist denim shorts to airy rompers —is all about embracing this part of your body and revealing your legs to the world. To lets yours shine (and shimmer, if you like!), try these beautifying tricks.

Do a dry-brush ritual.

In the morning before you shower, gently run an exfoliating brush over your legs. Not only does this lift away dulling, dry flakes—the type that make your legs look meh—but it also stimulates your circulation and gets your blood flowing so you feel energized and alive.

Add a sexy—but subtle—sparkle.

Makeup artists swear by this trick: mix a tiny pinch of bronze metallic glitter into your body lotion, along with a few drop of argan oil to create a hydrating concoction that casts a golden sheen over your legs. Or put a few drops of Gressa’s Illuminating Serum into your lotion and rub on for an instantly pretty gleam.

Cover up any imperfections with concealer.

Make those little bumps, bruises and shaving nicks disappear with a swipe of concealer. Look for a formula that melts into your skin and comes in stick form so you can target trouble spots. Nothing beats Vapour’s Illusionist.

Tighten and tone.

Ok, cellulite is something nearly all of us deal with, and as women, what’s so bad about it anyway? But if you want to minimize pucker-y patches, Pretty Peaushun’s Skin Tight Body Lotion  seals in hydration while scattering light off the surface, so your skin appears more uniform and luminescent.

Remedy sore muscles with a self-care moment.

If your legs feel tired and sluggish at the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than an amazing bath soak. Wild Honey Apothecary’s therapeutic blends are infused with calming Epsom salts and aura-enhancing crystal quartz. After you towel off, massage in a minty balm: Native Atlas’s Muscle Rub is spiked with cooling peppermint and eucalyptus and absorbs quickly without any greasy residue. (Dab a little extra on your hands, cup them over your nose and breath in for a bonus aromatherapy fix).

Don’t forget your feet!

Heal dry heels and stubborn callouses with a hard-working body scrub: Moon Rivers Naturals Coffee Grapefruit smells insanely delicious and softens rough areas without stripping away your skin’s natural oils. Finish with a mini pedicure: Brush on a healing cuticle oil and a bright shade of nail polish —and you’re ready to strut your stuff.

+ Have other beauty tips for legs? Let us know in the comments below!

Read more from Kari here.