New Year New YOU!!! With the new year also comes the summer prep. Cruise season is right around the corner, tanning beds are starting to get a workout. For me, it’s weddings and anniversary season this year. My legs are going to look amazing come hell or high water.
To start all of the pre-season prep is getting these legs exfoliated after the harsh winter months. I have not done my due diligence to my legs this winter. Thankfully my process isn’t hard and takes very little time. It’s an easy 3-step process; Prep, Exfoliate, and Moisturize.
Step 1: Prep
This is something that I’ve started to find infinitely more helpful for my legs than any other part of my body. It also involves a relatively inexpensive product, AmLactin.
AmLactin is an excellent lactic acid lotion. Lactic acid helps break apart the bonds that hold the top layer of skin together making it easier to remove later. The night before my big exfoliation I’ll smear my legs (or anywhere else I’m going to exfoliate) with this lotion. I do this at night and let sleep work its magic. I use the Rapid Relief serum because it has a higher lactic acid concentration. I wouldn’t use it everyday but this purpose it’s perfect.
Step 2: Exfoliate
This is the fun part. Draw a bath that is as hot as you can stand it. The hotter the bath the better. Include all the bath bombs or salt you want but no oils or butters. I tend to go with bubble bath or bath powders to help clear my sinuses. Sit in that water for 5-10 minutes before doing anything. Rest and Relax. Bring the phone and play some games, read a little bit, and watch a little tv.
Now get your favorite Korean body scrubber. Every Asian market I’ve ever been to has one. If you don’t have an Asian market to go to you can easily get them on Amazon. Dry of your legs or just run your fingers over them like a squeegee to remove the excess water but keep the mitt damp. This combination will work the best. Then start scrubbing. The skin will roll off and it will look disgusting. But I love it. You can over-exfoliate so do watch out. Enjoy doing the elbows, it’s so gratifying.
Step 3: Moisturize
Here’s where I bust out the oils, butters, and balms. You should have new soft skin that is more than willing to absorb the oils. While you’re still in the bathroom, apply a layer of body oil to the areas you exfoliated. Sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, whatever oil you choose apply a good layer your skin can absorb. After 2-3 minutes (I brush my teeth at this moment) I go over with a thick body lotion with lots of butter like cocoa or shea butter. This second layer will act as a barrier and push that oil into the skin.
This works so well to remove that extra dry skin that accumulated during the winter months. I don’t recommend falling this process more than every 2 weeks. More than that you do risk over-exfoliation. Absolutely not worse than once a week. This is also a great protocol to follow before using a sunless tanner.
Now it’s time forme to get exfoliating and bust out that Sworkit membership. These legs have got some strutting to do this summer.