Summer is the time for shorts, skirts, dresses and, yes, swimsuits. So your legs are center stage this season.
So much exposure means you want legs looking their best. Here are a few of my tips to get those legs in shape and ready for whatever you’re wearing this summer.
Of course, legs that look good start with strong, toned legs. Some great activities for toned calves and thighs include walking, running, biking — even a night out dancing.
Specific exercises that target leg muscles can create even better results. One of my favorites is step calf raises, where you stand with your toes and balls of your feet on a step and your heels balanced off the step. Lower your heels and then raise them back up. This is a great stretch and helps tone calf muscle.
You can find other leg exercises online, such as these from Cosmopolitan.
Now that you’ve been working on the muscle beneath, it’s time to take a look at the skin on your legs. Perhaps it needs a bit of pampering to look its best. Some of the basics apply: Exfoliate to remove dry and dead skin cells; moisturize to keep skin soft and supple.
Try out this exfoliating scrub recipe from Bakerette.com a couple times a week.
1-1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil, such as olive or coconut
3 Tablespoons of lemon juice
Mix it all together, soak your legs in a warm bath for about five minutes and then rub the exfoliating mixture on your legs. Rinse. Repeat.
Then moisturize with your favorite lotion or cream.
Finally, even if your legs are well-exfoliated and moisturized, they may need a bit of help to look their best. Spider veins, varicose veins and other blemishes can make you self-conscious when you want to step out with bare legs.
Beauty Bioscience recently launched our Leg Perfector, a product that not only makes legs look better, but actually improves their appearance over time.
With these tips, you can go out and enjoy the best of summer with legs ready to be seen!