Published: August 5, 2019
Wish that your legs were silky smooth and buttery soft?
Whether you may be in the depths of winter or the height of summer, here is exactly what you need to do to achieve super smooth legs.
Do you regularly exfoliate your legs?
This is something that is so important when it comes to keeping the legs smooth and soft. While most people exfoliate their face, the legs are often a neglected part of the body, but they deserve this same attention too!
How should you be exfoliating your legs?
You have a few options…
One of the best ways to give your legs a mild exfoliation each day is with a dry brush.
Never used a dry brush before?
A dry brush has a long handle and long, natural bristles, enabling you to reach every part of your body with it. As its name suggests, you rub this brush over your body while your skin is dry, beginning at your feet and working your way up. It is important that you always move the brush in the direction of your heart, because this stimulates your lymphatic system, while also giving your circulation a boost.
In addition to keeping your skin smooth and tight, dry brushing has numerous other benefits, such as:
- Reduces the visibility of cellulite
- Clears away dead skin cells, which would otherwise give the skin a rough appearance
- Helps to eliminate toxins from the body
- Boosts blood circulation, giving the skin a healthy glow
- Promotes the even distribution of fat in the body
- Enhances the immune and nervous systems
- Helps to prevent ingrown hairs
Dry brushing is something that you can do every day, and it really does contribute to smoother legs in multiple ways.
Another good option for exfoliating the legs is a scrub.
A scrub physically sloughs those dead skin cells off your skin, leaving your skin looking immediately smoother and brighter.
While scrubs are great for achieving and maintaining smooth legs, you do need to be careful about the scrub you use…
Many of the scrubs out there have been formulated with ingredients that are simply too harsh to be used on the skin. They end up causing micro-tears, the effects of which you will only notice in several years time.
Rather than going for a scrub that has been made with nut shells or fruit pits, look for one that contains a gentler exfoliant.
Sea salt is fantastic for exfoliating the legs. The salt particles are abrasive enough to get the job done, but soft enough to not cause any damage to the skin.
The Lionesse Body Scrub is a great example of sea salt-based exfoliant. As an added bonus, this scrub has also been formulated with diamond powder, which is another effective exfoliant. Not only that, but diamond powder also provides the skin with brightening properties, which is ideal if your legs have been looking a little dull.
Keep Those Legs Moisturized
If your legs have been looking a little flaky or scaly, then chances are that your skin is dry.
This is an extremely common problem in the winter months, due to the dry winter air and indoor heating. However, it is surprisingly common in the summertime too, because of sun exposure, chlorine water, air conditioning and more.
Wondering how you can prevent this dryness?
The best way is by keeping your legs moisturized.
However, slapping on any old cream once every couple of days is not the way to go about doing this…
To begin with, you need a moisturizer that is actually effective.
Body butters are great for moisturizing the legs, but you need to check that the one you use contains beneficial ingredients.
What sort of ingredients should you be looking out for?
One of the best is shea butter, because this is a nourishing natural plant butter that can be used by all skin types. It doesn’t clog up the pores, meaning that your legs will still be able to breathe, and provides the skin with so many benefits, including:
- Relieves itching or peeling skin
- Keeps the skin soft and moisturized
- Reduces inflammation
- Restores elasticity
- Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
- Packed with vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients
You will find shea butter in the Lionesse Body Butter, which also contains diamond powder to help brighten up your skin.
When it comes to actually applying your moisturizer…
Try to do this on damp skin whenever possible.
Because a moisturizer works by forming a very thin film over the surface of the skin. This not only protects the skin from the environment, but also prevents transepidermal water loss. This is when the moisture within your skin evaporates into the air, leaving your skin feeling dry.
When you apply a moisturizer over skin that is already damp, those existing water molecules end up trapped beneath your moisturizer. This prevents them from evaporating and forces them into your skin, giving your skin cells an extra dose of vital moisture.
Make Sure that You Are Shaving Correctly
Shaving is the most common form of hair removal when it comes to the legs. It is fast, easy and pain-free, as well as relatively inexpensive.
As convenient as shaving may be, it can also leave your skin feeling rough, bumpy and spiky, which is definitely not what you want to be dealing with on your legs!
Fortunately, all of that can be avoided so long as you ensure that you are shaving correctly.
Well, it goes without saying that dry shaving is a big no-no. It will leave your skin looking red and feeling raw, and will also make you so much more susceptible to razor burn.
Ideally, your hairs should be fully hydrated before you shave them. This means that you should soak your legs for between three to five minutes before a razor goes anywhere near them. This will make your hairs up to 60% easier to cut, giving you a much smoother and finer shave.
You should also make sure that you lather those legs up before you shave them.
Shaving creams and balms are great for this, or you could even just use a small amount of your regular hair conditioner. All of these will lubricate your skin, meaning that your razor will be able to glide smoothly over the top.
When it comes to the razor you use, a sharp blade is always a must.
A blunt blade will fail to give you a smooth finish, and will also mean that you are much more likely to cut yourself while shaving.
How do you know if your blade needs changing?
You will find yourself pressing on it in order for it to work. You shouldn’t need to do this – a sharp blade will glide easily over your skin while cutting those hairs away in the process.
Now, let’s move on to your shaving technique…
Shaving against the direction of hair growth will give you a much closer shave than shaving in the direction of hair growth.
However, shaving against the grain can also mean that you are much more likely to end up cutting yourself.
One way to prevent this is by first shaving with the grain. Once those hairs have been cut short, you can then go for round two, shaving against the grain this time. Make sure that you re-apply your shaving cream in between, as those shorter hairs still need to be lubricated.
Once you are done shaving, make sure that you moisturize those legs immediately.
Shaving mildly exfoliates the skin, which does then leave it more vulnerable to damage. A layer of moisturizer will give your skin the protection it needs, while locking in moisture to keep your legs looking soft and supple.
Tone Those Legs Up
If it is loose skin or cellulite that is getting in your way of achieving smooth legs, toning your legs up could help to counter this.
How does this help?
Well, as the body ages, it stores more fat and loses muscle mass. Collagen and elastin production, which are the two main proteins that keep your skin firm, smooth and elastic, also decline.
When these two factors collide, the result is loose and sagging skin, due to the loss of muscle and increase in fat, as well as cellulite, which is when those extra fat cells end up protruding through the skin.
Exercise helps in a couple of ways:
- It helps to build muscle mass, which then increases the surface area of your legs. This means that the skin has a larger area to stretch over, which smooths away any wrinkles or looseness
- It encourages the natural production of collagen and elastin, helping to give your skin a smoother and firmer appearance in the long run. These effects will be noticed all over the body, not just in the legs
Want to know the best exercises for toning up your legs?
Here are a few to try:
- Back Squats – these work all of your leg muscles, and will help to strengthen and develop them
- Walking Lunges – these may seem painful, but they are a great exercise for toning up the glutes, while working out the hips too
- Step Ups – these focus on those smaller muscles in your legs, but still also work the quads and the glutes
- Calf Raises – the calves are often quite difficult to really work out, but calf raises target them directly
If you don’t enjoy doing such specific exercises, there are many other activities out there that can still give your legs a workout and help you to build up those muscles.
Simply walking more can make a huge difference, especially if you try to walk uphill as much as possible. As you progress, you can then start to jog, or even run, to really give those muscles a push. Walking is a great activity to focus on, because this is something that can easily be incorporated into just about everyone’s life.
Cycling is also a great sport, whether you do this indoors or outdoors. Cycling is also one of the fastest ways to tone up the legs, making it a great one to opt for if you are seeking quick results.
Dancing is another option, whether you sign yourself up for a class or simply follow an online tutorial from the comfort and safety of your house. From salsa to country to modern, there are so many different styles of dance out there that you are bound to find one that you enjoy!
Finally, give jump roping a try. As mentioned earlier, the calves can be quite difficult to target, but a jump rope works them out pretty effectively. You only need to do this for 20 seconds at a time to begin with, although you should try to build up on this as your fitness levels improve.
If you decide to go down the fitness route in order to achieve smooth legs, make sure that your diet is one that is able to support your body’s changing needs.
What should you be eating?
Plenty of fresh and whole foods, with a variety of lean proteins to help encourage the building of muscles. Calories are also key for this, as this is what will enable your legs to stand strong during your workouts.
Try to stay away from sugar-filled, processed foods as much as possible. Not only will these contribute to fat retention, but they also lead to collagen and elastin degradation, meaning that they can quickly undo all of your hard work.
Everybody wants their legs to be as smooth and soft as possible, and it is surprisingly easy to achieve this. Whether you are dealing with razor bumps from your shaving technique or cellulite from age, these tips will quickly have your legs looking and feeling their very best.