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Yes, there is a 4-step skincare routine for your legs

T-L-C for your L-E-G-S

By Maureen Choi  June 13th, 2017

Friendly reminder: Your skin does not stop at your neck. Which means,that diligent regimen you’re doing on the regular up top should absolutely extend to the rest of your body. The first place to start? Your legs,says New York City dermatologist Howard Sobel, MD.You see your face in the mirror all the time, but you rarely look at your legs and are more likely to neglect them.

Pretty much. Here, a play-by-play of exactly what to do in and out of the shower.

4 steps to the smoothest legs of your life

Don't forget protection

Daily sunscreen is pretty obvious when you're trying to prevent facial wrinkles, but for full body anti-ageing, you need to protect every sliver of skin that sees the sun—legs included, says Washington, D.C. dermatologist Rebecca Kazin , M.D.. "Especially in warmer weather when we start wearing clothes that leave them exposed." Get in the habit of applying a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 every day; if you really can't be bothered with another step, choose a formula that doubles as a moisturizer. Be sure to use a quarter-size amount per leg and pay extra attention to the backs of your legs, toes, and the soles of your feet, says Dr. Sobel, where "skin cancers frequently turn up." And if you're outside or sweating a lot, reapply every two hours.

Take your time

Don't rush, especially over tricky spots like ankles, knees, and shins. Using hydrating products will also help you get a close shave (the latter can keep skin moisturized for up to two hours post-shave).

Load up on lotion

This is the point where you need to douse your legs in glorious hydration, since "the skin on the body has fewer sebaceous glands and tends to be much drier than the skin on the face," explains Dr. Kazin. Plus, "hydrated legs will look and feel smoother." Choosing rich cream with hyaluronic acid helps, but the real trick is to apply it as soon as you get out of the shower when skin's still damp. "Allowing the water to evaporate off the skin without adding moisture will lead to dehydration and scaliness," she warns.

Prep legs for shaving

Starting with steam is the simplest pre-shave move you can do. And all it takes is hopping in a hot (not scalding) shower for five minutes, says Dr. Kazin"Warming up your skin loosens pores and softens skin, making it less irritating to shave.Now, you're going to want to slough off all the dead skin that would otherwise build up, potentially causing ingrown hairs post-shave. Dr. Sobel suggests reaching for a glycolic acid-based exfoliator (grainy scrubs can be too abrasive before shaving) to get rid of flakes gently. A heads-up that "the knees can accumulate thicker dead skin sells," so let the formula sit a few extra minutes before rinsing.


6 essentials to add to your beauty kit

Don’t let the weather get the better of your skin; add these to your beauty kit right away.

MoroccanOil Shimmering Body Oil, Rs 4,500

You’re probably familiar with the miracles MoroccanOil can work on your hair, but did you know their Shimmering Body Oil is just as good? The moisturizing blend of argan oil and pearlescent minerals is made for bikini season.

Kérastase Chronologiste La Crème De Régénération, Rs 3,600

Humidity calls for a multitasking hair mask that purifies a greasy scalp and treats frizz. Try the Kérastase Chronologiste La Crème De Régénération; the creamy mask is packed with active ingredients to treat all your summer hair woes. 

Stretchery sustainable active wear, Rs 504 onwards

If you’re going to be sweating it out on the yoga mat, do it with Stretchery’s sustainable active wear. We’re talking bright T-shirts in organic cotton, and stretchy bottoms that will see you through the toughest poses.

Maybelline New York’s Fit Me! Shine Free Foundation Stick, Rs 550

Think of Maybelline New York’s Fit Me! Shine Free Foundation Stick as a hybrid between a foundation and a compact. The powdery core tackles an oily T-zone, while giving you full coverage.

L’Oréal Professionnel SmartBond, Price on request

The L’Oréal Professionnel SmartBond treatment works like an armour for coloured hair. Sign up for it during your next touch-up to protect your colour and strengthen your tresses.

Ananda Healthy Cuisine app, Rs 1,200

Everyone’s go-to destination spa (even Virat and Anushka's), Ananda - In The Himalayas now has a mobile-friendly app called Healthy Cuisine that cuts short your trip to the nutritionist. It recommends gourmet recipes, even desserts like strawberry mousse based on your doshas. Available on Android and iOS.