Woman with summer ready legs

How to get summer-ready legs

Say 'hello' to tanned, smooth lovely legs

By Rebecca Shepherd, 01 May 2017
How to get summer-ready legs

After many months of hiding leg hair under thick black tights, ignoring chipped toe nail varnish and taking no notice of exfoliating - it’s finally time to start prepping our legs for some sun. 

And to help us get pampered, we've enlisted the help of beauty expert Alison Nowell, from Finders Brands to help make sure your bare-legged pins are ready for some summer sun.

Here are her top tips:

1. Get your routine in place now

Alison said: "To get legs ready for the summer, start early. The sun can make a surprise appearance early in the year and catch you unaware. So my advice is to get your routine in place in April, then you won't be caught out."

2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

When it comes to getting summer-ready legs without going abroad, using a fake tan is a godsend. But before you can do that, you need to exfoliate and shave, of course. 

Alison said: "Exfoliating is a must! You won't get an even coverage otherwise. My hero tanning accessory is mixing sea salt and oil and using on dry skin before showering which preps skin perfectly. The salt buffs away dead skin cells and the oil hydrates dry skin - a perfect 2-in-1 time saver. Use in the morning and your skin is prepped for your tan application in the evening. Always apply moisturiser over dry areas such as elbows, knees, palms and ankles."

3. Moisturise twice a day

You may get away with moisturising your body just once in the winter, but if you're after perfect pins for summer then you'll need to up your beauty regime. 

Alison said: "Moisturise legs twice a day in the summer, after showering in the morning and then before bed. You can take your pick of products from balms and butters to lotions and creams. There's a huge array of choice to suit all budgets."

4. Make sure you manicure your nails

If you don't have the schedule or the budget to have a regular manicure, don't panic. Looking after your own nails will save you both time and money.

Alison said: "Push back cuticles and trim them with nippers and file nails once a week to keep them in shape. Buff them over to keep nails healthy and growth strong and when using polish, always use a base coat to prevent staining. A good hand cream is a must to keep hard working hands hydrated and don't forget to massage it into dry cuticles at the same time."

5. Use hair conditioner to shave with

Alison said: "You don't need to spend money on expensive shaving foams, instead using shower gel works just as well or have you tried using hair conditioner? It gives great slip and legs feel amazingly soft afterwards too! Always use a good quality, brand new razor and work upwards from the ankle to the knee."

6. Find the hair remover which works for you

Alison said: "Waxing or shaving is a personal choice; shaving is more immediate and can be done every day in the summer months to keep pins looking perfect. Waxing has more long term benefits. Most people book every four to six weeks for this service which means that legs need to stay hidden while waiting for your next appointment, however, regular waxing means less regrowth over time - an attractive proposition for many women and, of course, you can do it yourself at home!"

Ready to get your legs out? Make sure you stock up on everything you'll need at Asda or pop into your local store