With winter and fall just around the corner, it’s time to make a concerted effort to keep your legs smooth. Colder, dryer weather can make it even more difficult to keep moisture in your skin, so finding additional techniques to keep your skin hydrated and healthy will go a long way. It’s better to start now and take preventative measures to keep skin healthy, then try to reverse cracked, dry skin once colder weather prevails. For the best winter skin hacks, check out these 7 amazing techniques for keeping your legs smooth.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.
One of the biggest reasons the skin on our legs looks so patchy and brittle during winter is due to a build up on dry, dead skin cells. Exfoliating will get rid of dead skin cells and help you get closer to the hair follicle when shaving. Coffee, sugar or apricot make great ingredients for DIY scrubs.
Moisturize at peak times.
During the winter, it is imperative that you moisturize frequently at peak times. Contrary to popular belief, it does not make your legs smoother if you moisturize before shaving. It only clogs your pores and makes it harder for your razor to reach the hair. Moisturize directly after washing to lock in the most hydration and deter new stubble. Try body butters for an extra luxurious feel.
Shave using proper techniques.
Make sure you always shave upwards, even if that means going against the grain of how your hair grows. Additionally, it may be tempting to just use your body soap to shave with; but using a product design specifically for shaving will make a huge difference in your skin’s softness.
Use less hot water.
Although your steamy, morning showers may feel great, they aren’t the best for your skin. Neither is shaving in hot water. Using hot water while shaving or bathing will dry out your skin. And dry skin is host to more frequent stubble. Try using lukewarm or medium temperature water for the best results and smoothest skin ever.
Try olive oil as a boosted moisturizer.
You’ve probably never heard of this one, but olive oil is the best kept secret for ultra smooth skin. A great way to incorporate olive oil into your skin regimen is to massage it into your legs right after a fresh shave.
Soak before shaving.
Soaking is wonderful for achieving supermodel-esque legs, helping you get a closer, smoother shave. Soak in warm water with a bath bomb or essential oils to soften and hydrate your legs. Your legs will thank you later.
Use essential oils.
Not only are essential oil effective in the bath, but you can use them in the shower too. There are shower oils that are perfect for extra hydration if you are prone to intense, dry skin. They feel more luxurious and go a step further in skin moisturization than your average shower gel. Essential oils are also great in when infused into lotions. This will give your legs a healthy, glowing shine.