In the summer months, we’d all like to be confident to flaunt our smooth legs, with the warm weather bringing endless barbecues, festivals and trips to the beach! Having hair-free legs is one thing, but keeping them smooth and shiny after the hair removal is another task altogether. With a little extra TLC and the help of these tips, you can be confident enough to strut your stuff for longer.
Whichever hair removal method you choose, prepping your legs is very important to get them in good shape before your treatment. It’s a good idea to exfoliate, paying special attention to tough areas like your knees and ankles in order to rid your legs of any flaky skin. This can help to reduce the likelihood of getting ingrown hairs and will allow the wax to stick to the hairs rather than any dead skin, giving you smoother results. You can invest in an exfoliating scrub or exfoliation gloves, which can be used to scrub away at all areas of your body.
Another tip is to make sure that you are not washing in water that is too hot, as this can dehydrate your skin and increase the risk of razor burn. Of course you don't need to wash in ice cold water either. A lukewarm wash can be a great option, as the temperature helps to open pores, exposing the hair closer to the follicle.
The actual hair removal
Whether you’re shaving, waxing or using depilatory creams, there are many different methods for removing the unwanted hairs on your legs. If it's depilatory creams you are using, make sure to read the label. You don’t want to leave them on for too long as this can be damaging to the skin. Also make sure to conduct a patch skin test at least 24 hours before applying the cream over a large area, this will indicate whether you are allergic to the chemicals in the cream before you cover your legs in it . If you opt for shaving, then it’s a good idea to replace your razor as often as possible, otherwise you risk using a blunt blade, which may not leave you with you the closest shave or the smoothest skin. Waxing is another great at-home option, especially if you’re looking for longer lasting results than creams or shaving. Try the Veet® Ready-to-Use Wax Strip Kit for a convenient at-home option. With waxing, it’s important to read the care label carefully, and when using hot wax, to never heat the wax longer than the time indicated in the user's manual.
After hair removal, it’s good to rinse thoroughly, removing any excess gel, wax or cream. Now is a good time to get into some good light and check that you haven’t missed any areas. It’s no fun finding a patch of unwanted hair when you're already out and about in public!
When your legs are dry, it’s a good idea to apply a rich moisturizer. Rub in a generous amount and be sure to focus on those particularly dry areas to help nourish the skin and lock in moisture. Try putting some on your legs at night. It will soak in overnight, allowing you to start the day with already-silky legs!