While this summer season may be different from any you’ve experienced before, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy showing off some sleek, sexy legs. Read on to see some of the best ways to treat your legs to looking great this summer.
Most people agree that bright red legs are not attractive. Sunburned legs don’t feel sexy either. So, make sure that while you’re in the sun this summer, protect your body from sun damage. Stay in the shade as much as possible, especially when the sun is the hottest, from 10-2. If you can’t be in the shade, wear long pants or a long skirt with darker colors and a dense weave. When your skin is exposed to the sun, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. If you are wearing a chemical sunscreen (as opposed to mineral/physical sunscreen) apply it around 20 minutes before going in the sun. Re-apply every 3 hours or right after swimming or exercising. Remember that sun damage happens on cool and cloudy days too, so wear sunscreen even if the sun isn’t shining. By following these steps, not only will you get the short term benefits of hot summer legs, you will also give your body long-term protection from skin cancer, sun spots and wrinkly and leathery skin. Hot summer legs for your whole life isn’t such a bad idea.
There are ways to get sleek, bronzed legs that don’t involve also getting sun damage. Remember that the idea of getting a base tan to prevent sun damage is a myth. Tanning from exposure to UV light (both in tanning beds and from the sun) is a sign of sun damage. But with the use of sunless tanning products and some healthy exercise, you can get legs that have the sleek, toned look you desire. There are a variety of ways you can get a sunless tan, from spray tans at salons to creams, lotions and sprays from drugstores. Do a bit of research to see which of these options best fits your schedule and budget. Getting some exercise for your legs can help you not only feel great about your legs, but also help improve your mood and health overall! You can choose to do targeted leg exercises, like squats, lunges and deadlifts. Or you may find that you want to do whole body workouts that will also benefit your legs, like circuit classes or running, swimming and cycling.
Most women in the US define hot legs as hairless legs. So, what’s the best way to achieve this smooth, sleek look? Laser hair removal has proven to be one of the most popular, less-invasive cosmetic treatments in the US. It’s an effective replacement for other, more irritating or time consuming hair removal practices like waxing and shaving. During a laser hair removal procedure, a device emits a concentrated beam of light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. The light becomes heat, which then damages the hair follicle, delaying further hair growth. The procedure is usually described as uncomfortable, with a sensation like a rubber band being snapped on your skin. But, there is little to no downtime required, and you will be able to resume your normal, daily activities after a session. On average, people need 6-8 sessions, with 6-8 weeks in between sessions, followed by an annual maintenance treatment. Many report seeing a decrease in hair growth after only 2 sessions. While laser hair removal probably won’t permanently remove your hair, the hair that grows back will likely be lighter and finer.
If you decide that shaving is the way you want to keep your legs smooth for the summer, you’ll want to avoid the annoyance and discomfort of razor burn. For some, it’s easier to get razor burn because of having curly hair or sensitive skin. The good news is that there are some ways you can avoid the prickly, red bumps of razor burn. Often razor burn is caused by folliculitis, or ingrown hairs. Gently exfoliating before shaving can help to loosen ingrown hairs so they can be shaven without causing a rash. You can do this with a scrub, such as one that contains sugar, salt or tiny beads. Don’t shave if you have goosebumps. Take some time to let yourself warm up in the shower or bath or apply a warm washcloth before shaving so that your skin is smooth for the path of the razor. After shaving, apply a cool compress, witch hazel, and/or moisturizer (with aloe vera or shea butter). If you end up getting razor bumps, you can use salicylic or glycolic acid products, which can help remove dead skin cells that may be clogging your pores and clear up the bumps quicker. You can also use a hydrocortisone cream or a topical antibiotic solution to help calm down and treat your rash.
Dry skin is typically associated with the winter. However, summer can also suck the moisture from your skin. Common culprits are harsh chemicals in pools like chlorine, sun exposure and lots of time spent in air conditioning. Make sure to keep moisturizing during the summer months so you don’t get dry skin on your legs. If you have sun damage on your legs, you should also apply aloe vera gel or lotion with aloe in it to soothe your irritated skin. If you see your skin drying gout, don’t take long, hot showers. Take cooler, shorter showers, use milder soaps, gently towel off after you bathe and apply a moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp. Using a moisturizer can also help your skin not get irritated from the extra shaving you are probably doing in the warmer weather.
Contact Vanguard Dermatology today. Located in the greater New York City area, Vanguard offers care from experienced, board-certified dermatologists. From laser hair removal to skin cancer screenings, Vanguard has a variety of services and treatments to help your skin be healthy and happy.