This is the first post in a little series focussing on Summer preparation.
This year, along with nailing a summer capsule wardrobe that I love (instead of feeling self conscience and awkward in), I’m determined to finally crack my ultimate nemesis – baring my legs.
I’ve alway felt jealous of the girls with the tanned, smooth, flaw free legs in comparison to mine that are lumpy, bumpy, blotchy and dotted with red blemishes from ingrown hairs. Because I’m not confident to show them very often they barely ever get a sniff of sunshine and so are pale to the point of translucent.
We’re quite a way off legs-out weather (for me anyway) but I wanted to start investing some time and effort into my poor pins now, so that when the warmer weather does arrive, I can get them out and strut with confidence. I invest a lot of time and effort into my facial skincare and I figured that it’s no different for legs, if I want them to look good then they’re going to need their own regime.
Banish ingrown hairs and improve texture
I’ve battled with ingrown hairs on my legs ever since I started shaving/removing my leg hair in my teens. I get red bumps where hairs that are growing back haven’t broken the surface of the skin. Sometimes they get infected and I get a huge welt. So not attractive. Waxing makes it ten times worse so I ended up getting my lower leg hairs lasered about 10 years so which was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I still have hairs at the top of my legs so the battle with the ingrown hairs goes on, all be it, only at the top. I picked up this Botanics Sisal Body Mit from Boots for £5. I used it last night and it’s a pretty rough exfoliator but my legs do feel incredibly soft today. I’m hoping that if I can be fastidious with my exfoliation that I can banish the dreaded red blemishes.
Reduce the appearance of cellulite
Cellulite is completely normal and I don’t think you can ever really get rid of it. However, dry body brushing can really help reduce the appearance of it via massage as it moves lymph fluid into the lymph nodes quicker than you naturally would, as well as improving circulation and exfoliating dead cells. I used to do this religiously and I can definitely vouch for its effectiveness so I dug out the body brush.
Probably the simplest way to reduce cellulite though is to drink plenty of water. I’ve been really slack with this but I’ve gotten back into the habit of drinking more water by making sure I’ve got a water bottle at home and at work always on the go.
I acquired the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse in my M&S Beauty Advent Calendar and I’ve been saving it for Summer legs. I’ve never used a dry oil on my body before and I was surprised when I used it for the first time just how un-greasy this is. The scent is light and botanical, it was really a pleasure to apply and left my legs with a flattering sheen. Acquired before I went fully cruelty free so I’ll be using this up and then searching for a cruelty free alternative.
For everyday I’ve been using the Clarins Body Lotion. This was a gift from quite a while ago and unfortunately is also not cruelty free so I won’t be re-purchasing but it is a really nice body lotion that sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave your legs feeling sticky.
Inject a little glow with a gradual tanner
I don’t want to get them out because they’re not tanned. But they won’t get tanned if I don’t get them out. See the conundrum? So I’ve decided to give a gradual self-tanner a go to see if I can’t get a little bit of a glow going on. I picked this Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gradual Lotion up on offer for a tenner in Boots. It’s cruelty free and vegan. I’m hoping it doesn’t turn me orange and make me smell of wet dog/soggy biscuits.
Signing off this post by just saying that I believe in body confidence. This post is not about being “beach ready” I’m simply recognising that my legs are quite neglected in comparison to other bits of my body and feel that giving them some TLC would be a good thing to make them look how I want them to.