Getting Legs ready for Summer

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Last weekend my legs and I ventured out into the sun for the first time this year. It was unfortunate to say the least. I am sure that small children, or really anyone who would have been eye level, suffered. I can only imagine the blinding rays that my pale, shockingly white legs reflected off from the sun’s gleaming beams. While hoping those poor people and possibly animals were wearing sunglasses I remembered a post I put up last year about my friend Holly.

You may remember Holly; she was my summer-lovin-boy-attention-hoarder-doing-somersaults bff in high school. She was the one that has the most muscular-amazing-girl-crush legs you could imagine. She has the legs that I couldn’t ignore or my envy to have them as my own. Because they enabled her to do somersaults, back handsprings, and a number of interesting things in the pool while the boys were watching. Only making the envy grow more and more…

Well, the point of that story then and the point of this story now is it occurred to me last weekend just as it had so many years ago, “I have to get these two legs warm weather ready…”

Again, these are the tricks that have been used to imitate the amazingness of Ms. Holly’s legs.

Get a smooth shave.

First things first – According to Dr. Ellen Gendler, a dermatologist in New York City, “Shaving is a form of exfoliation—doing so before applying self tanner provides a smooth surface for an even application.” I don’t recommend using your boyfriend’s razor for these things… Most women’s hair is much finer than men’s. Therefore, a more sensitive razor such as Schick Intuition Razor Sensitive Skin works best.

Exfoliate Your Skin.

My go to every time is Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish. It is perfect, especially if you are planning to use a self tanner. A lot of sea-salt scrubs contain oils that will sit on your skin and create a barrier between you and the self-tanner.

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Apply The Perfect Tanner or Tinting Moisturizer.

If you are a self-tanning virgin, like with all things virgin, take it slow. I love to use Victoria Secret’s Beach Sexy Instant Tan lotion. It is very simple with no streaking. If you are feeling nervous take a step back to a gradual tanner such as Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin moisturizer. The main thing to remember with self-tanner is it leaves you feeling sticky. Dusting yourself with a dime size amount of baby powder to the area works wonders. Just sweep the powder over your body with a fluffy brush. You might look like some white out from the powder, so it’s best to try this trick at bedtime.

Use a Contouring Trick or Two.

Those celebs on the red carpet don’t all have perfectly toned calves. I learned this the hard way. Many years spent trying to get perfectly toned legs like my summer-lovin-boy-attention-hoarder-doing-somersaults bff were a waste. What I really needed to learn was how to contour my legs. To highlight (or – uh – fake) a bit of muscle tone when showing off the gams, dust a pale pink shimmer powder down your shins in a straight line. This will draw eyes vertically and make legs look longer. I also like to bronze the knees a bit. The knees naturally get more sunlight, therefore a bit of bronzer makes things faux realistic.

So the next time you find yourself filled with anxiety over the envy you possess to have the perfect legs, hair, skin, or whatever remember this… All you need is a couple beauty tricks and tips to turn the summer into run-around-sue fun!

***beauty always comes from within, photos from here, xoxo behind the mirror***

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  • Maggiecal life

    Wow!I didn’t know you could do so much for your legs. I want try self tanner now on my stomach and legs because I’m super white but I don’t know anything about this.Now I think I can dare to do it with your help. I’ll read it few more times so I’m sure I know what I’ll be doing. Very helpful post! :)

    • If you get scared from the self tanner, the tinted moisturizers are great too and a lot easier to apply. I sometimes just go with those, especially if I am short on time!

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I’d love to get someone is show me some contouring actually. BUT since it’s going into winter here I am looking forward to being able to cover my legs in stockings! :-)

  • Rebecca Sundvall Ericsson

    Such great tips! My legs are always a disaster before (and during actually) because they are so white and because of all the bruises I have on them since I’m so clumpsy. But maybe some exfoliating and self tanning would do the trick ;)

    • oh! I completely feel you on the clumsy bruises popping up… I have a couple right now for sure, its the edge of tables that get me every time!

  • Vanessa

    Oh man, it was so nice out the other day that I walked my dog in shorts…and realised halfway during the walk that I forgot to shave. Argh, summer is such high maintenance, body wise. CONTOURING FOR LEGS? That is brand new information! And a great way to actually use up the bronzers I never use.

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry

    • so funny! I was just talking with a friend the other day about how high maintenance summer is but then also at the same time how you feel like you don’t need a lot to look good… we just walk out the door with some chap stick and wet hair, it is strange…

  • Charu Sharma

    Wow great tips and a very useful post for summers!! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Have a nice weekend!!


  • Tanja

    You’re right, I was so shocked about my white legs and I swore that I had to use self tanner this year! So definitely getting this Nivea one, thanks for sharing this post :)

  • Giusy Petrangelo

    Great great post, I kind of hate the first warm weeks of the year because of my pale legs! Thanks for sharing your tips :) x

    • I hear ya, it is tough! But once I get out there I find I get my legs in gear, haha.

  • Sarah

    hahaha, another tip would be: get tanned on the balcony, just me myself and I until my legs won’t be considered public nuisance any more ;)

    • I love this tip!!! I feel strongly I will be using it this weekend.

    • Giusy Petrangelo

      Haha totally agree, this was my routine in Italy!!

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