Tuesday, 20 May 2014

How To Get Your Legs Summer Ready

Hi Everyone,

It's that time of year when us ladies can finally go bare legged! However it often fills some girls with dread, especially if you don't give your legs the love and care that they deserve.
I love getting my legs out over the spring/summer months, you'll often find me jumping around in a dress or some denim shorts, especially around festival season; meaning I need to make sure my pins look good!

I know how hard work it can be shaving your legs, I often have to bribe myself in order to make the time, but that super soft feeling you get afterwards and when you're wearing on of your fave dress and heels with bronzed legs you know that extra time in the bath it was worth it.

So in this post I'm going to be giving you a run down of how to get your legs all ready for summer without breaking the bank balance!

Okay so I tend to shave my legs when I have a bath as I find this the easiest way to shave my legs instead of standing in the shower. I use the Wilkinson Quatro disposable razors and instead of using shaving cream I use hair conditioner. Yes you read that right, hair conditioner, anyone you've got hanging around your bathroom will do! This will make your legs feel super soft after as well as helping to prevent shaving rash as conditioner is a lot softer than some shaving creams.

After this it's time to exfoliate! I'm a big believer in exfoliating and have a least four different pots and tubes of the stuff in my bathroom. My favourite one has to be Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush, especially for the summer time. The lime/citrus smells instantly reminds me of summer nights lazing in the garden! Take a good handful of the scrub and gently rub in circles over your legs, make sure you focus more on your ankles and knees as this is often where dead skin will build up most.

Once I've finished my bath, I like to make sure that I don't end up getting a shaving rash or red patches; especially if I'm fake tanning! To do this I use Herbalife Herbal Aloe Soothing Gel*. This instantly leaves your legs feeling smooth and silky as well as adding moisture to them! Perfect you're killing two birds with one stone! Herbalife use all botanical ingredients so you know this isn't going to be bad for your skin, as well as the gel also providing cool relief which is great after a steaming hot bath. You can use another moisturiser on top if you want to if you are wanting something more scented that matches your body wash etc. Herbalife costs £8.63 and is available from here.

Next up is my favourite part of my leg care routine! Fake tanning! I've tested and trialled so many different at home fake tans that I know what looks sunkissed and what looks oompa loompah-ish. My go to brand is Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter. Now depending on what I'm doing that day/evening will depend on what product from the Cocoa Brown range I use.
If I'm just intending to have a little laze around the house or going out for lunch/dinner I will use Gentle Bronze* now this is a gentle moisturiser that helps build up your tan gradually meaning you have control of how the tan develops! I've been loving using this daily and have had a few people straight away ask me if I've been out in the sun. I love the way this applies also its not too thick and you can feel it moisturising your legs instantly!

However if I'm going out last minute for a big night out I will use Lovely Legs*. This is an instant wash off tan that sprays on like a dream! Of course make sure you use a tanning mitt when applying to ensure even coverage. You can pick one up in Primark for around £1-£2! This tan is great especially if England's weather is playing up this tan will not leave you with white specks where the rain has hit your legs! I'll definitely be bringing this to V Festival with me to ensure bronzed legs with my festival looks. Don't get scared when you spray this onto the tanning mitt, it does come out very dark. However after a bit of circular rubbing with the mitt you will have sun kissed legs ready to take on the world.

Cocoa Brown is available on Feel Unique as well as being in some Superdrug stores. All their range prices from £2.99 to £19.99. Trust me I will definitely be picking up another bottle as soon as mine run out! Go check out what other products they have on offer also!

And that is how I am getting my legs ready for summer! Now that the weather is finally on the sunny side I can showcase my lovely sunkissed pins to all my friends and family whilst looking like I've just come back from 2 weeks in the Maldives for a smidgen of the price!

Let me know if you try any of my tips and tricks in the comments, as well as if you've tried any of the products I use.

Until Next Time...

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