I have always been incredibly envious of women with lovely legs.
The minute the sun comes out, out too come their long, brown limbs, framed by pretty little skirts/shorts. In the meantime, my white, much shorter specimens are still cowering in shame under a thick pair of black tights.
Getting my pallid legs out each year has never been easy for me, but there is no denying that it does eventually have to happen. Thanks goodness there are many things that you can do to make this seasonal rite of passage much easier. No you can’t make your legs longer, but you CAN make them smooth, soft and tanned thanks to a selection of great products on the market.
So, here’s my guide for gorgeous summer legs:
Step one: Acceptance
Get legs out in private. Take a deep breath and look in the mirror. Take stock of hair situation and level of paleness. Shrug shoulders and smile. In a day or two you’re going to totally transform those pesky limbs.
Step two: Hair Removal
Next year, if you’ve got a bit of spare money promise yourself you’re going to have a course of IPL. It is so much less painful than hair laser removal and will rid you of your hairs for the long run. It’s available at lots of beauty salons but make sure you check out their credentials first. I personally love Ministry of Waxing (www.ministryofwaxing.com )
This year, book in with a good waxer or get out your trusty razor out. (naughty as it makes the hair coarse, but so easy!)
Step three: Exfoliation
Once your legs are hair free, it’s time to prep them for the perfect tan.
If you’re anything like me then they might be looking a bit dry at the moment. Well, dry skin and fake tan are not a good combination, so it’s time to exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.
One of the best and cheapest ways to do this is with a pair of exfoliating gloves. These are one of the best inventions ever. They cost next to nothing and I tend to use them in the shower. Squirt a good amount of shower gel onto them and then scrub away all those horrid dead skin cells. Simple!
Step four: Moisturise
Fake tan clings to dry skin, so you need to make sure that your legs are hydrated before you get the tan out.
The best time to moisturise is when you are still slightly damp after a bath or shower as this way the cream will trap more moisture.
There are so many great body moisturisers on the market.
Step five: Tanning
Before you tan make sure that you apply a layer of moisturiser to your ankles and knees you don’t get any excess fake tan clinging to these areas.
Now the best way to apply fake tan is with a tanning mitt. These will provide an easy, even and streak free application.
Apply your tan to the mitt and then really work it into your legs in a circular motion. Don’t apply to much to your feet and literally brush the mitt over your ankles so that they get some colour but not too much.
Another option for those who like the natural look is to apply a gradual tan. You don’t need to use a mitt for these and they contain moisturiser so you can skip that step as well.