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Five Tips to Great Looking Legs

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While youthful legs have a natural sheen to them, I don’t know about you, but “maintenance” is more difficult for me than it used to be. I work hard at keeping my legs toned, but no matter what I do, little half moons have developed above my knees. Little half moons… Who am I kidding? They’re wrinkles caused by gravity. The trainers at my gym call them teardrops, which is apropos since they make me want to cry in frustration. Instead of giving in, I’ve embarked on a routine to make my legs the best they can be. Here are five tips to great looking legs.

LEGS THAT AREN’T MAINTAINED ARE DEAD GIVEAWAYS TO A WOMAN’S AGE.

1.

EXFOLIATE DAILY

Exfoliate legs and feet on a daily basis with a vitamin-rich body scrub. I find scrubs are far preferable to harsh loofah pads. Removing dead skin improves circulation and promotes the formation of new cells, which enhances the appearance of your skin.


2.

SHAVE REGULARLY

Shave on a regular basis, but don’t use cheap disposable razors made for women. Use a good razor, like the ones men use on their face, and change the blades often. Use shaving cream, or lots of soap, and go slow to avoid nicks and cuts.


3.

APPLY A SELF TANNER

My favorite is Clarins Lait Auto-Bronzant, SPF 6 Self Tanning Milk. The trick to getting even coverage is exfoliation before, followed by a moisturizer like Amlactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Moisturizing Body Lotion while your legs are still damp. Immediately apply the self tanner in even strokes in one direction, careful to get the tops of your feet, around ankles, behind your knees and up to your panty line. Let legs air dry while you finish your morning routine. Wash the self tanner off your hands and nails.


4.

TALK TO A DERMATOLOGIST

Talk with a dermatologist about minimally invasive procedures like laser treatments for spider and varicose veins.


5.

EXERCISE REGULARLY

Perhaps the most important thing to having great looking legs is a regular exercise program. Squats, lunges, walking, the elliptical and the stair stepper are all ways to build the muscles in your legs. Even if you have velvety skin, it looks better when draped over toned calves and thighs.


 

Love, Brenda

12 Comments

  • look for the woman May 30, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I like the tips. I wish I could believe in self-tanners, but I haven’t like them in the past. Perhaps I should try the Clarins. I admit to sun use, which has of course resulted in moles. It is true what they say however, the legs are the last to go.

    Anita

    • 1010 Park Place May 30, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Anita,
      I’d forgotten that saying. LOL! I’ve tried several self-tanners over the years. They’re either streaky and/or turn my legs orange. Striped, orange legs I don’t need. I’d rather wear pantyhose. I do like Clarins. If you’re careful to follow these five tips, it works well.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Brenda

  • Leisa Hammett May 31, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Some good tips. I need to begin exfoliating. Thanks! Check out the movie IRIS out in art theaters now. Nothing to do with legs but thought of you this morning via your comment on what to call ourselves. I linked a film clip of it again this morning in Women of Midlife. xo, you beauty.

    • 1010 Park Place June 1, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Hi Leisa,
      I want to see IRIS. She’s a hoot, isn’t she? I wrote a blog two weeks ago about “Summer Entertainment Picks,” and IRIS was one of them.
      XOXOX, Back at You!

  • UrbLife May 31, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Solid tips. I don’t do self-tanning, but I do hit the booth for a quality blast every now and then. And exercise is everything!

    • 1010 Park Place June 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      EXERCISE IS EVERYTHING! Truer words were never spoken! It makes all the difference in how I look and how I feel. Great reminder! Thank you!

  • Heather Lindstrom June 12, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Great tips on keeping our legs summer ready. I feel the same as you, it’s harder than it used to be. Exfoliating and toning are huge! I’m a big fan of Herb Ritts myself…amazing photo. Thanks for joining our Lifestyle LinkUp today!
    Fun blog!
    Cheers, Heather

    • 1010 Park Place July 10, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Heather,
      I love your Lifestyle Linkup! Thanks for sharing.
      Brenda

  • la Contessa June 13, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I agree with YOU!These older woman that includes me too in their leggings……………GOOD GRIEF NO!The knees give away the AGE right away…….and few of us have thighs to share with the world!I know they are EASY and comfortable and so on………BUT NO ONE should be walking outside exercise class in these pants!Why is it so FASHIONABLE!!!

    • 1010 Park Place July 10, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      We need to design clothes for our age group. Not just clothes, but shoes as well. When someone makes me Queen…. LOL!
      Thank you for stopping by!
      Brenda

  • Traveling Chic | Jenny June 15, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Great tips and perfect for this time of year! xo

    • 1010 Park Place July 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Hi Jenny,
      These tips really work and will change our legs if we’re consistent. I still long for the old days when looking good wasn’t so much work!
      Brenda

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