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How to Prep Your Legs for Summer

Sun Care & Self-Tanning

How to Prep Your Legs for Summer How to Prep Your Legs for Summer How to Prep Your Legs for Summer

Summer is officially in sight—which means it’s finally time to shed your heavy layers of clothing now that the weather is warming up. After months of dry, cold temps, it’s not surprising that your legs might look a little pasty and maybe even dry. But now that they’re about to be on full display in skirts and shorts, you may be wondering what you can do to help get them in tip-top shape. To prep your legs for all of the summer adventures in store, below we share easy ways to achieve glowing-looking gams. Try these tips before slipping into your new denim mini!

1. Exfoliate with a Dry Brush

This exfoliating method is all about gently rubbing your body with a dry body brush to help slough away any dead skin cells that have built up on the surface of your skin. (If you have sensitive skin, try using a loofah instead.) Once you’re done doing that, hop in the shower to wash it all down the drain.

2. Shave the Right Way

When it comes to shaving, you probably want to get it done as quickly as possible. But taking a little time to do it right can go a long way. After washing off in the shower post-exfoliation, it’s time to get to work while your skin is wet. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) advises applying a shave cream or gel and shaving in the direction that your hair grows. Be sure to use a clean razor—the AAD recommends changing or throwing away disposable ones after five to seven shaves, FYI.

Step 3: Moisturize After Showering

The best time to apply a body lotion? While your skin is still wet, as this can help lock in hydration. So, once you step out of the shower, apply a moisturizer before you’re completely dry.

Step 4: Fake a Golden Glow

Sure, your legs may look quite pale after being bundled up for the past few months—but you can get a faux tan with the help of a little self-tanner. Here are three options from L’Oréal Paris.

Lotion: The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion is an advanced skin-smoothing formula with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and vitamin E for a perfect, streak-free tan. This transfer- and water-resistant formula creates an instant streak-free bronze tint with a hint of shimmer.

Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate skin.

Step 2: Apply an oil-free moisturizer to any dry areas.

Step 3: Apply the self-tanning lotion evenly all over body.

Step 4: Use sparingly around ankles, knees, and elbows.

Step 5: Wash hands thoroughly after use.

Step 6: Let skin dry completely before putting on makeup or clothes.

Mist: The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ ProPerfect Salon Airbrushed Self-Tanning Mist gives you salon-inspired tanning results at home inspired by professional airbrush techniques. The 360-degree wide angle jet applicator provides continuous coverage for a natural-looking tan—and the super-fine mist applies evenly and dries quickly with no need to rub in.

Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate skin.

Step 2: Apply an oil-free moisturizer to any dry areas.

Step 3: Spray the mist slowly and continuously at arm’s length without rubbing in. Formula will dry quickly.

Step 4: Use sparingly around ankles, knees, and elbows.

Step 5: Let skin dry completely before putting on clothes.

Body bronzer: If you’re only looking for a temporary glow for an upcoming event, reach for a bronzing formula that will wash off in the shower. The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Summer Express Wash-Off Body Makeup Lotion is a full-coverage lotion that leaves skin looking bronzed and radiant while providing long-lasting hydration. It’s transfer- and sweat-resistant but washes off with soap and water.

Step 1: Smooth evenly onto clean skin using your hands.

Step 2: Apply a second time for a more intense result.

Step 3: Wash hands thoroughly after use.

Step 4: Let skin dry completely before putting on makeup or clothes.

Step 5: Wash off with soap and water.