Have you stripped every last drop of moisture from your legs by over-shaving and under-moisturising? Or perhaps you're guilty of using cheap and rusty razors? Either way here's 5 tips to get your legs smooth, shiny and healthy again!
If your legs resemble the photo on the left then it's time for a rescue remedy! Follow these tips to improve your skin.
1. DON'T SHAVE YOUR LEGS SO OFTEN
If your skin is very dry and irritated, this means its damaged. In order to heal it, try shaving your legs less often as this will not give the skin enough time to repair itself.
2. CHEAP RAZOR = SKIN IRRITATION
Don't use cheap razors! Brands like Gillette design razors especially for us to protect our delicate skin. They have more blades than cheap ones, which means you don't have to over shave your skin to get really smooth legs. Plus, they have oodles of moisturising product and a "lubrastrip" that surround the blades for a safe glide around your legs without nics and cuts, or stripping all the moisture from your skin.
3. DON'T KEEP YOUR RAZOR IN THE SHOWER
Keep your razor dry! Leaving it in the shower means it is prone to rust, germs, and bacteria —which leaves your skin vulnerable to infections. Store it somewhere else in your bathroom.
Exfoliation is a must for dry, damaged skin. Glycolic Acid, an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid derived from cane sugar has the ability to dissolve dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This active skincare ingredient has a regenerative effect within the skin speeding up cell growth and collagen production. AHAs are also water-loving molecules capable of penetrating beyond the epidermis where they attract and retain water (think Hyaluronic Acid) to plump the skin, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Use a body serum like Ren AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum after showering. Or, for a cheaper alternative make a DIY sugar scrub;
1 Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Organic Plant Oil (almond, avocado, coconut, or olive oil)
½ Tsp Vitamin E Oil
5-10 Drops Essential Oil (optional)
*Use 1-2 a week
5. SHEA BUTTER- PROTECT & MOISTURISE
After showering the best thing you can do for dry, cracked, itchy legs is slather them with organic Shea Butter! Here's why;
PROTECTS - Shea butter is high very high tocopherol (vitamin E), which contains powerful antioxidants that protect skin from free radical damage like UV rays + pollution
STRENGTHENS - and firms the skin thanks to its collagen boosting abilities
PREVENTS DEHYDRATION - Shea butter is classed as an occlusive, meaning it forms a barrier over the skin sealing in moisture and preventing dehydration.
So, let's recap; Shave less. Don't be cheap. Keep your razor dry. Use AHA serum after showering (on days you don't shave). Or, use a DIY sugar scrub once or twice a week. Apply Shea Butter everyday.