The first day of April is the day 32 per cent of women choose to bare their legs for the first time this year. With spring now officially upon us, it may be time to start paying your longer limbs a little more attention. With these 6 steps you will have perfect bare legs easy.
1. Prepare to bare
Lower humidity in winter reduces moisture in our skin. Skin here may seem more dry than the rest of your body because circulation is weaker in our lower limbs.
Use an exfoliator to stimulate circulation. Apply moisture oil in the shower, rinse off, then apply body moisturizer.
2. Remove winter fuzz
Now’s the time to remove any winter leg hair by waxing or epilating. Best choice are epilators you can use in the bath. The warm water relaxes the skin, opens pores and releases endorphins — the body’s natural pain-relievers.
For a more permanent solution, at-home laser hair removal kits are now an affordable option
3. Fake a golden glow
A golden tan makes legs look slimmer, and there’s a new generation of self-tans that don’t streak. Start the season with a subtle honey-like glow before going darker in July and August.
4. Tackle cellulite
Studies say 90 per cent of us have cellulite. Try body brushing to improve lymphatic drainage, drinking two liters of water each day, ditching refined carbs, eating antioxidant-rich berries, and exercising regularly to promote blood flow.
Alternatively, go for the lazy option: salt bath. The salts are full of magnesium which reduces cellulite. Pour two cupfuls into a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes, three times a week.
5. Get in shape
Two weeks of toning can make all the difference to your pins. It is recommended to workout this leg-firming formula every day for a fortnight, building up to repeat the routine three times.
Lay on your side with legs straight and one foot stacked on top of the other. Raise your top leg a few inches, then lower. Do this 15 times on each leg to tone your outer thighs.
From the same position, move your top thigh forward at a right angle and rest your foot on the floor. Keeping your lower leg straight, raise it a few inches and then lower slowly. Repeat 15 times per side.
Lunges are the tried-and-trusted move for perfect legs, but do them from all angles. Start by standing tall, feet hip-width apart, holding in your stomach. Step your right leg forward with your knee over your ankle and lower your thigh until it is parallel to the floor.
Lift up and step backwards, keeping your front shin perpendicular to the floor. Return to a standing position and repeat 15 times per leg. Now lunge to the right, pushing your bottom back behind you. Bring your feet back together and step to the left. Repeat 15 times.
6. Or try make-up for legs!
Body Foundation for legs can be found in 13 shades and gives natural-looking coverage. It blends easily and the water-resistant formula won’t slide off.
If you’re bothered by blue veins or bruises, cover them with a yellow-based concealer.