Hang on…what’s that yellow round ball in the sky? A vague memory, circa September 2016-ish, says it’s the actual sun. Yes people, summer is on its way along with a big warm hug. But after a long winter of wearing jeans and thick tights, our legs are looking…well, a bit rough. It’s time to get them out of their winter rut and into some seriously chic shorts but before you panic, here are four quick-fire ways to get them looking gorgeous for their summer debut.
1. Using a body brush gets the blood and lymph circulation going, banishing pesky toxins from the body as it goes. It also helps to remove dead winter skin, lessen the look of cellulite and give legs a smooth, natural gloss – a no brainer when you think about it, especially as you only need to do it for a few minutes a day.
Do it firmly, but not so hard that it hurts, and use it in long, upward strokes.
Choose one with natural bristles like Legology Lymph-Lite Boom Brush.
INVEST IN A BODY BALM
2. Underrated much? Everyone knows a lotion does wonders for leg hydration but in our opinion, the body balm is pretty much like a facial for legs (a Lacial?). A bit like a lip balm, not only does it leave a subtle sheen but it also helps to lock in moisture so skin is hydrated and brighter for longer.
Hallelujah! It can be soothing too, in case you’ve just shaved your legs for the first time in months and they’re feeling a bit sore. Try Vichy Ideal Body Balm £12.
STOCK UP ON SUPERFOODS
3. And for once we don’t mean in the fridge. Certain product ingredients can help wake up skin in a flash and make legs look totally re-energised. For example, goji berries contain high levels of vitamin A and vitamin C which help to brighten and repair, products containing chia seeds hydrate and condition, whilst carrot oil soothes and heals the skin.
Apparently it’s often used as a natural alternative to fake tan too so you can sport a faux glow as well as good skin. Bonus!
Try Melvita Carrot Oil £16
PRACTICE A LITTLE TRICKERY
4. Releasing your inner contouring queen is the key to faking slimmer pins and can be done in two easy steps (if you’ll pardon the pun). Take a sculpting palette like Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Go £49, swish the highlighter powder down your shin, then use the darker shade along side it where your leg naturally dips.
This results in a subtle shadow that creates the illusion of more toned legs.
Team with Legology Sun-Lite Tinted Leg Cream £36 for a glowy, even finish.