With micro minis and hot pants making
a huge comeback, there'll be plenty of flesh on show this season so
you'll make sure your legs are looking at their best with our 12
1. Ditch the fuzz in favour of smooth, silky
The first stop to perfect pins has to be getting rid of
leg hair. Whilst there may be an excuse for fuzz in the winter
months, self-respecting legs should be hair-free this summer
especially given the current fashion for micro minis and barely
there dresses. If you're planning to shave, take time to make it a
pampering experience to avoid those in-a-rush nicks and cuts. After
also shaving or waxing be sure to moisturise to keep skin silky
Top Tip: The skin on the shin is
especially thin, and prone to becoming dry, wrinkled and flaky if
neglected so be sure to slather on a moisturiser every morning.
2. Beat bumps and stretch marks
bumps can occur because of a condition called keratosis pilaris or
as a result of ingrown hairs. To avoid them, exfoliate legs with a
grainy scrub in the shower.
Also get to work on reducing the
appearance of stretch marks by applying a stretch mark corrector.
3. Banish razor burn
Chlorine, sun and
high temperatures can make the skin on legs more prone to post-shave
stinging and rashes. Use a lotion containing aloe to soothe.
tip: Put your lotion in the fridge for 20 minutes before use for a
soothing treat that will really cool rashy skin.
4. Bronze away
What do J-Lo, Beyonce and
Victoria Beckham all have in common? Perfectly polished, bronzed
pins, that's what! Take a tip from the celebs and reach for the
Not only is it the most efficient way to hide
blemishes such as spider veins and stretch marks, you'll find that
bronzed legs look instantly slimmer. The trick to perfectly bronzed
pins is preparation.
Just follow these 4 easy
1. Before you do anything else, make sure
you've thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated your skin.
Moisturise from head to toe - sparingly! Too much moisturiser and
you will create a barrier between your skin and the self-tan
3. Perfect the no-streaks, natural-looking tan!
Apply a little self-tan at a time and build up the colour with a
second application a few days later.
4. Avoid give-away dark
- Apply very sparingly to knees, elbows, knuckles and
heels. These areas tend to be drier and pick up self-tan colour
- Wash your hands with soap and water after application to
avoid brown palms!
For a totally celeb-tastic tan choose a
liquid gold self tanner.
5. Add some flare and get skirty!
that flare a bit - think A-lines - make legs look slimmer and
Sit in the office all day?
Tone up your legs from the comfort of your desk! It?s easy. Simply
sit up in your chair, making sure it supports your lower back, with
your feel flat on the floor. Extend the right leg until it is
straight and hold for two to three seconds while contracting the
quadriceps muscle (that?s the front of your thigh to you and me!).
Relax and slowly lower to the floor and repeat with your left leg.
7. Call time on cellulite
micro hemlines take no prisoners so your legs are going to on show
big time but how can you minimise the 'orange peel' effect and its
stranglehold on your self confidence? At last there's a solution
that doesn't include sweating it out for hours on the treadmill.
It's time to treat your problem areas to a body firmer every morning
Tests prove that these wonder products, applied
twice a day, can visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite leaving
skin feeling firmer and looking smoother. Not only will you see the
appearance of 'orange peel' skin, tests prove that the average
reduction in the circumference of your thighs is 2cm! Massage in
twice a day and you'll be amazed by the results after just 4
8. Step into a pair of sexy heels
work wonders for legs with even one-inch kitten heels making legs
look longer and leaner.
9. Legs akimbo
Try to get your feet above
your head for at least 10 minutes a day to improve the circulation
and blood flow. Lie on the floor with your feet on a chair, stretch
out on the sofa with your feet propped up on the arm when watching
television or even sneak a nap on the bed with your feet up on a
couple of pillows.
10. Get leggy with some Summer
Don't just limit make-up to your upper body. Add some
sparkle to your legs for a sexy evening look. Smooth a shimmering
lotion over your legs or make your own by adding gold makeup powder
to your moisturiser and apply.
Apply a bronzer down the centre of your legs for any instant
11. Hydrate those legs
Drink lots of
water - at least eight glasses a day - to help flush waste products
out of the system. As well as boosting the surface and complexion of
the legs this will do wonders for your skin in general.
12. Time to take up tennis?
inspired by Wimbledon? A quick glance at the perfectly toned legs of
women tennis players will confirm that tennis is one of the best
sports for toning up legs. This is due to the variation of movement
across the court. Cycling, swimming, walking are also great leg