Summer is here and it’s time to show off those gorgeous legs – with confidence! Follow our easy steps to beautiful summer legs and embrace those beautiful shift dresses, skirts and swimsuits.
Step 1: Use a dry body brush
The Body Shop Cactus Brush, R215, is a gentle, yet effective body brush. Daily body brushing is a great way to improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which has been known to help reduce cellulite and give your legs and thighs that toned appearance. Alternatively, use a classic body scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells. We like Caribbeantan Cinnamon & Coconut Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, R69,99.
Step 2: Lather up
Shave at night with a gentle shaving oil like Significant Organics Shaving Oil, R169, Faithful to Nature and then use a topical treatment for ingrown hairs. Nads Ingrow Solution with Aloe and Green Tea Extract, R420, minimises the occurrence of ingrown hairs by reducing the build up of dead skin cells that can block pores. It also soothes the redness and inflammation of razor bumps and shaving rash.
Step 3: Fake the glow
Rather than spending hours in the sun, exposing your skin to harmful UV rays, fake your tan! Start by using a gradual tanner like Decleor Aroma Confort Systeme Corps Gradual Glow Hydrating Body Milk, R798 for 250ml for a subtle tan. We know it’s pricey, but trust us, it’s worth the investment. The formulation literally glides onto the skin, leaving it soft and nourished, while offering one of the best natural tans we’ve seen.
Or get instant results with a fast-acting tanner like Caribbean Tan, Tan In A Can Self Tan Instant C Brown/Tanned 200ml, R99,99.
If neither of these options seem all too appealing, give your skin a natural, illuminating glow by using a shimmer cream or dry oil, like Dove DermaSpa Goodness Silky Body Oil, 150ml, R129.
Step 4: Keep thirsty skin hydrated
Let’s face it, at some stage, we’ve all experienced tight, dry skin that’s rather uncomfortable. It’s most common after swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool, or spending too long in the sun without adequate protection. If your skin is feeling dry, irritated or sensitive, it’s best to use gentle, soothing products in the bath or shower.
We can’t get enough of La Roche Posay Lipikar Cleansing Oil Huile Lavante, R250. It’s a gentle, anti-irritant cleansing oil and ideal to use day and night. A good budget buy is Nivea Creme Care Shower Cream 250ml, R33,99. It’s formulated with jojoba oil to gently cleanse the skin without drying it out.
Once you’re out the bath or shower, make sure to use a body oil while your legs are still a bit damp. Theravine Moisturising Pinotage Body Oil 100ml, R432, is a dream. The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil 100ml, R175 is just as nourishing and half the price.
Step 5: Fight cellulite
Give your legs a helping hand by using a product that’ll give them a smoother, more toned appearance like Clarins Body Fit Cellulite Control, R650 or Elancyl Slim Design, R395. For a budget buy that targets that cellulite, the classic Nivea Goodbye Cellulite Firming Gel Cream, R129,99, is a good choice.