Everything You Need to Get Perfect-Looking Legs
By Elise Minton Tabin , Executive Beauty Editor |
Now that summer is definitely here and you’re showing more leg than normal, make sure to load up on these "gam getters" so that your legs look perfect no matter where your day may take you.You May Also Like: 5 Unexpected Tips That Will Give You a Much Better Shave
Stock Up On Sunscreen That Won’t Leave You Looking White
There’s nothing worse than walking out the door with legs that are coated in a white tint from your sunscreen. That’s why you need to wear one that doesn’t leave behind any color and keeps your legs soft and hydrated, like Pur-lisse Blue Lotus SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer ($55). Even though it’s made for the face, we like to wear it on our body, too, because it stands up to the summer sun.
Fake a Natural-Looking Tan
If your legs look pasty and white, no one will want to take notice of them no matter how toned and pretty they are. Our suggestion: Load up on a natural-looking self-tanner, like Versa Spa Luminous Legs ($35), so that you get a hint of glow without looking orange or streaky.
Step It Up At the Gym
Avoiding the gym all winter can come back to bite you in the butt once summer arrives, so you’ll want to kick it into high gear with a workout that focuses on your legs to make them lean, firm and toned. At SIXTY Beverly Hills is celebrity trainer Danny Musico's gym where you can partake in Helix Lateral Trainer, the ultimate leg workout. The 30-minute sweat session completes an hour-long elliptical workout in half the time and uses 16 different levels of resistance and eight settings to sculpt sexy legs.
Invest in a Serious Hydrator
The legs are known to get dry year-round, which is why you should apply a mega moisturizer both day and night. Dr. Hauschka Blackthorn Toning Body Oil ($29) is like a one-stop shop: The oils in it keep skin hydrated and the botanicals help reduce the appearance of stretch marks!
Get Rid Of Dead Skin
Exfoliating your legs on a regular basis is the best way to rid them of the dead skin that makes them look dull, dehydrated and just plain bad. We like Spongelle Cleanse Buff Glow ($20), which not only gently exfoliates skin, but also doubles as a body wash that leaves legs smelling so good and with a hint of shimmer.
Banish Cellulite-Ridden Areas
When it comes to getting rid of cellulite on the thighs, doctors these days are favoring Cellfina, a breakthrough minimally invasive anti-cellulite treatment. “Cellfina instantaneously releases the fibrous bands that extend from the muscle to the skin, which cause the dimpling and wrinkling associated with cellulite,” says Grand Rapids, MI, plastic surgeon Brad Bengston, MD. “Done under local anesthesia, it works best for isolated dents on the upper thighs (and butt), but doesn’t work well for rolling skin or waves of skin. We are looking at Cellfina for other uses like the front of the thighs, too.”
Squash Spider Veins
Unsightly spider veins can show up on any part of the leg. No matter how much self-tanner or body concealer you use, they’re hard to fully cover up, but, they can be eliminated once and for all. “Sclerotherpy, which is still the gold standard of treatment, and post-compression therapy, provide optimal results,” says Charlotte, NC, dermatologist Gilly Munavalli, MD. “More FDA-approved, painless sclerotherapy solutions are available now than ever before. But, in some circumstances, a laser treatment may be a better option.”