Start prepping those legs for spring

By Kirstin Buick
27 August 2013

Our beauty blogger shows us how to get your legs ready for spring.

Spring is almost upon us and that means you’re going to be showing off a lot more skin and let’s not pretend that the prospect is not terrifying. I know my legs are hardly in tip-top nick, having been hidden away in leggings for months.

And don’t be fooled by beauty editorials saying all you need is a good shave and a touch of self-tan. Oh no, girlfriends, if you’re going to look good in that mini dress, you’re going to have to break out the big guns. Fortunately, having tried just about everything on the shelf, I’m able to tell you what works.

First up, you’re going to want to get all that dead, dulling winter skin off your bod and that’s going to involve exfoliation. Alas, many of the scrubs you’ll find on the shelf are a bit pieperig in that they don’t have a high enough concentration of exfoliating particles to gel. This is why I like to make my own by taking a regular shower gel and throwing lots of coarse salt into it. This way you can create something that has a seriously high “scrubbie” content and it won’t cost you the earth.

Another way to get rid of dry skin is to sizzle it away with a good AHA-riddled chemical exfoliator and the best I’ve found by far is Environ Derma-Lac lotion (R220, Sorbet and selected salons). It’s also fabulous to use when you want to strip off the remnants of an old self-tan. It’s a bit fierce, however, so those with sensitive skin might want to just stick to using the scrub.Next, take a look at your feet. Chances are you’ve been painting your own toes throughout winter which is fine but now’s the time to hit a professional nail salon and get a pedicure. If you’re cash-strapped, do this once so the pros can scrape away any dead skin and shape your cuticles to perfection. Then, you’ll have an easier time maintaining their work throughout the summer months.

Also, if you’re going to go for a paint, opting for a gel-style pedi is fabulously cost effective as it takes forever to grow out on your toes as opposed to your hands. It’s also a good idea to choose a gel colour that matches a nail polish that you can buy easily. This way, when your nails eventually do start to grow out, you can maintain the look for longer by using the polish to fill in the growth “gaps”.

Last, but not least, if you’re challenged in the melanin department (i.e. scary pale like me), you might want to fake a faux glow. One of my favourites is St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse (R280,99, Clicks) as it creates a nice, natural-looking colour and doesn’t emit the teensiest drop of “self-tan smell” as it develops. I once even slapped it on just before a wedding and no one was any the wiser that I was actively self-tanning while fighting it out for the bouquet. 

If you’re nervy of self-tan, try something like Model Co’s One Night Tan (R250, Edgars and Red Square), a wash-off bronzing mousse. I like that when applied to moisturised skin it blends like a total dream and even more so with a self-tan applicator mitt. I also like that the colour is nice and natural-looking (bronze, not orange!) and it doesn’t have a drop of shimmer in it which makes it look all the more believable.

So, here’s to a fab summer and sexy-looking legs that’ll help you carry off the soon-to-be-everywhere skort. (Yup, a skort. That’s a skirt and shorts combined. Remember those from the 90s? Totally vile but  I bet we’ll all end up wearing them soon enough.)

Love, love

Leigh

Leigh van den Berg is a Cape Town-based freelance fashion and beauty writer obsessed with all things girly and glam (she’s particularly proud of the fact that she can probably name the perfume you’re wearing at 10 paces.  Nothing gets her more excited than hot new beauty goodies except maybe champagne cocktails, coconut ice and that dude who plays Dean in Supernatural.)

Check out her blog, Lipgloss is my Life and follow her on twitter @lipglossgirl 

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