5 steps to getting your legs ready for spring

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 43 Comments

I performed something a little on the frightening side at the weekend.  No, I didn’t decide to walk naked down the corridor of our home, scaring (or should that be scarring) the pimples off my teenagers’ faces.

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I actually looked at my legs after I got out of the shower.  Really looked at them. For three or more months, they’ve received nothing more than a cursory wipe of the towel before quickly being ensconced in a pair of jeans or tights.  Out of sight out of mind.

Not any more.  Spring is here.

So, I forced myself to look.

And I can tell you on good authority, they did not look like Ms Aniston’s.

For many reasons my legs do not look like Jen's. Photo: Pinterest

For many reasons my legs do not look like Jen’s. Photo: Pinterest

They looked more like those you might find on an albino yeti.  Only not as attractive.

Truth be known, I only have myself to blame.  I am a natural-born hibernator.  During the winter months I have no drive to get out of bed in the dark at 5.30am and pound the pavements and I tend to see leg hair removal as optional.

So discovering on the weekend, that my “pins” were a long way from being fit for public viewing, I took action.  Swift action. Shut the bathroom door quickly (but silently) action.

And I mustered together my favourite de-fuzz and leg preening products.  Think my legs are still in shock.

If you need to shock your pins into spring-readiness.  Then read on for how to do it.

1. Remove the unwanted hair.  I’m a reformed bikini line waxer, now a huge fan of laser hair removal (mostly because it suits my lazy time poor approach to grooming), but for legs and underarms, I go for the quick shave approach.

shaving products - trishave and gillette venus spa breeze
  
TriShave 3in1 Shave Crème For Women $8.50, left, is a supermarket buy that not only makes shaving easy but also helps prevents nasty post-shave rashes thanks to tea-tree and rose oils.  It’s soap-free too.  My Gillette Venus Spa Breeze razor $13.59, right, has been a fave for more than 12 months because the built-in gel bars make for a super smooth glide.

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2.  Give yourself a good scrub. Just like your face should get a regular scrubbing off of the dead skin cells, so should your legs. Particularly if you’re a serial spray tanner through the spring and summer months. Exfoliating 24 hours beforehand will give you a longer-lasting tan.

exfoliators and scrubs: sodashi organic green tea salt therapy exfoliant Burt's Bees honey & shea sugar scrub
 
Sodashi Organic Green Tea Salt Therapy Exfoliant $66, left, contains Himalayan crystal salts which work to detox and exfoliate and don’t know about you but I need a little post-winter detox.  Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub $29.95, right, is one tub of almond, honey and shea delishness.  Sorry to tease – it’s not available in David Jones until October 15 – but it’s too good not to rate a mention here. 
 
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3.  Re-hydrate every night with a good moisturiser. Before bed, I like to give my legs (and the rest of my body) and dose of moisturiser. Something that’s not too heavy but just right for slipping between the sheets in.

moisturisers: Kiehl's creme de corps; Jurlique Jasmine Body Lotion

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, from $16.95, left, is packed full with beta-carotene, cocoa butter and sesame oil for a luxe moisturiser that your legs will lap up.  The Jurlique Jasmine Body Care Lotion $44, right, is more lightweight in texture but just as hydrating thanks to beeswax, safflower oil, honey and avocado.
 
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4.  Slather on an SPF moisturiser during the day. If I’m going to the beach (which happens a lot when you live a 10 minute walk from one), I’ll reach for a heavy duty sunscreen but for everyday, incidental sun exposure, I choose to stay sunsafe with a moisturiser with an SPF.

body moisturisers with SPF: Nivea Sun 30+ Light Feel Every Day Sun Lotion; Vaseline total moisture aloe fresh SPF 15

NIVEA Sun Light Feel Every Day Sun Lotion SPF 30+ $16.43, left, is gorgeously lightweight in texture but heavyweight in protection.  I’m yet to try it at the beach but it’s got four hours of water resistance. Score. Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion with SPF 15, from $7.68, right, is another winner in my leg’s pre-spring war, offering a light, quick-absorbing lotion with aloe vera leaving skin soft and fresh.
 
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5.  Get thee to a spray tanner or try at home yourself.  You’ve probably guessed by now that I’m more the “pay someone to do the difficult jobs” kind of girl.  And that’s definitely the case with fake tans. I go to a fantastic spray tanner who uses just the right shade for me – something that doesn’t look ridiculous on my pale skin but manages to take the edge of the white iridescent glow.  I am a big fan of a gradual tanner though.  Can’t really stuff that one up.  And if I’m in a real hurry and my legs (or arms for that matter) need colour fast, I’ll whip out a spray-on bronzer.

tanners: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze body lotion; Le Tan Flawless legs

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion $12.95, left, is always handy over summer.  You actually get an instant colour but I find a daily application is also good for keeping a spray tan alive.  Le Tan Flawless Legs Wash Off Leg Makeup $17.99, right, has got me out of more than one potential white leg or arm situation (yes, I’ve used it successfully on arms, back and chest).  Coverage is great and easy to achieve and if you stuff up, you can just wipe off.  Too easy.
 
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Do you have a spring action plan in place for your legs or do yours look like Jen Aniston’s already?  It’s ok, I’ll still like you 😉

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*The products I’ve included above are either new favourites in my bathroom cabinet or old timers which I turn to every spring.  For more information on my disclosure policy, click here.

This week is Spring Clean week on Styling You.  Every day there will be a post aimed at helping you get ready for the new season.  Hope you enjoy.

Comments 43

  1. Me natural red head, some frekles and white to ther point of blue skin. My faves Schick Quattro for Women, Nutrimetics Micro Dermabrasion for the face and the body and St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. I am a special occassion tanning gal during the winter however through out summer apply every one to two weeks, get nothing but compliments especially as the tan makes my blue eyes pop. I have been to spray tanners but believe my job is just a good or better than some I have experienced and better on the hip poket.

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  2. Oh dear, I’m no good with lotions. Have found an epilator machine thinggy great, my neighbour gave it to me as she found it too painful. But it’s fine!

    Serious weight training has made a big difference to my legs, however, they will always been of the sturdy Scottish variety, and the cellulite has been there for approx 30 years so quite used to it now. Love the beach and always wear a stretchy sarong so as not to scare people.

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  3. After a bad leg waxing job a few months ago, I developed folliculitis. I’ve tried everything and although they’re slightly less disgusting, I still had unsightly red sores on my shins and calves. What to do? Fake tan anyway? Have been plucking while poor legs heal.

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      Oh, Bronnie, that’s just awful. I sometimes get that on my arms (not from waxing 😉 ). It got so bad a couple of years ago, went to a dermatologist. The danger in doing the fake tan could be aggravating it while trying to get better. I’d only do if trying a test patch first.

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  4. Spray tans are so easy to stuff up that i’d rather pay a professional. My beautician actually gives me a really dark tan (I am translucent naturally) and it really suits me (or rather did with my old hair).
    However I only get a spray tan for occasions.
    I don’t tan naturally, I just go red and back to white. It really sucks. Also I react easily to hair removal, both waxing and shaving, makes me want to avoid it more, lol.

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      I too am a special occasion spray tanner. I do go off-white over summer from incidental sun (and using sunscreen) but not a brown bunny by any stretch of the imagination! Just want comes from a beach lifestyle.
      And re hair removal, can really recommend laser. I was exactly like you. Not any more.

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  5. I’m still recovering from flu and am not ready for anyone to see my legs yet. I have a (dumb) question though. Is laser hair removal painful? I see lots of adverts for it but am a wimp at the best of times. So I’d love to know your thoughts on it. PS I’ve added fake tan to my shopping list

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    2. I get laser on my legs…….last time I fell asleep whilst it was happening!its not painful But i do find bikini painful. but tolerable, over in 4 mins painful!

  6. I just did the same on Sunday! My problem is I’m a pale, freckly skinned red head so am looking particularly albino at the moment. And as much as I love fake tan (used to ballroom dance so am used to being orange), I’m allergic to so many!

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      I haven’t had experience on fake tans and allergies but wondering if you’re tried Jane Iredale’s Fantasia. Also a new one I haven’t tried as yet is Summer by http://www.beautydepartment.com.au/ – it’s apparently made from natural and organic ingredients. Not that natural and organic necessarily means allergy free.

      Perhaps a Styling You reader can help here?

  7. I can’t stand yeti legs so I still shave all winter, even if it’s only me that sees them 😛 I’ve also started using the Garnier Body Summer lotion (even blogged about it, it’s such a fantastic product!). No more milky-white legs at my house 😀 But sadly no, my legs still have a long way to go to look like Jen Aniston’s 😉

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  8. I have tried NIVEA Sun Light Feel Every Day Sun Lotion and it feels really great. I really felt comfortable and my skin really blemishes. Its terrific. I am very happy about your listing. I wanna also try TriShave 3in1 Shave Crème For Women.

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      Glad you like it too and I’ve been using TriShave for about four years now. Very happy with it. If I have trouble getting the women’s one, I’ve found the men’s tea tree version works just as well.

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  9. That Burts Bee’s scrub IS THE BESTEST!

    I am also a slave for the lotion. The Nivea light feel one is terrific. I also use one of those razors in the shower that have the soap built it. I also need to do one gazillion leg lifts before shorts hit my pins, which is never going to happen xx

    PS Brown fat looks better than white fat, Pass the fake tan

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  10. Hi Nikki. Out of the Nivea and the Vaseline, which one would you recommend as the best formula to wear during the day, in summer, on chest, arms, shoulders, back? I’m a pale redhead and I don’t need any more freckles, BUT stinky, sticky sun screen on my body makes me sad 🙂 Thanks!

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  11. I’m a hibernator too. Very yeti-ish I’m sorry to say. I think I’ll be getting out the Nads and locking myself in the bathroom for a good hour! I usually have olive skin, but right now my legs are a lighter shade of pale. I’m not one for spray tan, but might give the Palmer’s Natural Bronze a go.

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  12. HI Nikki, great post. I just wondered if you had ever come across a good self-tan product that is good for sensitive skin? I find that almost all of the tans I use irritate my legs so much I end up scratching my legs to death! Not a good look! tks Dx

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  13. Hi Nikki, Fantastic list (as always!). Quick question on the bronzer; I am thinking of using one on the weekend for an event, as I don’t have the time/inclination to spray tan for it. Am very worried that it will rub off/sweat off easily. Whats been your experience?

    Thanks!

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