As the weather warms up and the shorts come out, women everywhere pay closer attention to their legs. If you live on the East Coast like I do, we all fear the first time our pale, neglected, bare legs make their first appearance of the season. Here are eight ways to ensure your legs are ready for warmer weather.
1. Treat your skin. Shaving can be harsh on the legs. To avoid nicks and cuts that will lead to dark marks later, use a shaving cream or gel with moisturizing properties. Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel and Gillette Fusion Hydragel are great options that are available in drug stores.
2. Fix dark marks. From shaving nicks to mosquito bites, lower legs can really get banged up. Treat them with Ambi 2% Fade Cream or prescription Sledgehammer 4% Intensive Skin Lightener to minimize their appearance. Then coat a Band Aid with Biafine (a doctor-prescribed wound salve) to help it heal better.
3. Even out tone. We all want our legs to look slender and evenly toned—especially after we’ve been hibernating all winter! I always tell my patients to use a firming lotion like VIVITÉ Daily Firming Lotion throughout the winter to keep limbs firm. In the spring, a self-tanning lotion such as Aveeno Continuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion or Dior Bronze to get that glow without subjecting themselves to the harmful rays of the sun or tanning beds.
4. Block the rays. Protect your legs with sun block and make sure to reapply every two hours to avoid skin cancer or other unnecessary issues in the future! Some of my favorites for full body coverage are Neutrogena Wet Skin or Aveeno Hydrosport SPF 30. If you see a mole changing, visit a dermatologist immediately.
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