There is a gorgeous new work dress hanging in my closet that really showcases my fresh Autumn hair color and gives life to my paling skin tone who’s desperately missing summer.
I was thinking as I drove into work about how I’d like to wear my green dress (but not a real green dress, that’s cruel) to an event Thursday evening but winced as I debated bare legs vs. pantyhose at this time of year – which made me smirk at realizing just how First World Problem that is.
“If this is my biggest dilemma today, it’s going to be a good day.”
This time of year it can be tricky to have nude skin showing, and not just because of potentially (usually) chilly weather here in New England. Flaky skin, prickly hairs, paler tone, and dull dry legs…those are the obstacles being presented by the beauty team neurons that run this part of my brain.
I consulted with Kim, our Aesthetics Expert, about how to best combat these issues and here’s what we came up with!
The Business Girl’s Guide To Bare Legs
1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
- Use colorful scrubby gloves or mitts found at just about any store in a variety of price ranges & materials, and can be washed multiple times for re-use.
- Try our “Bikini Bottom” body scrub for ingrown hairs – it’s great all over the body for a micro-scrub that uses pumice (crushed lava rock)
- Make a DIY sugar or salt scrub at home. Use coffee grounds for a more gentle buffing, and use sea salt for skin conditions like psoriasis.
2. Wax on!
- Waxing typically lasts longer than shaving so the 5 o’clock shadow won’t be peeking out around your pumps at your 6 pm networking event. Best done the day before an event so if you have any redness from the treatment, your skin has time to return to it’s normal shade of naked. Hair grows at different rates on different parts of the body, so keep an eye on all your waxing needs!
3. Watch me whip, watch me Spray Spray!
Being a supporter of the Melanoma Foundation of New England, we are always looking for UV tanning alternatives.
- Use a lotion containing “DHA” (a derivative from sugar cane or beets) to gradually tan the skin with each daily application. There are several different options at your local drugstore to choose from!
- Kahuna Bay Bronze Sunless Tanning Spray is a “tan in a can” that you apply yourself to targeted areas. (For best results, do on Sunday nights to have tan legs all week.)
- Get a spray tan from a local professional. This is your best option for full body, even coverage. (Follow the 24-48 hour rule – do the tan 24-48 hours before the event for best results!)
4. Slather it on!
- A hand & body lotion like our “Cashmere” is quick & easy to apply. It has a soft finish and doesn’t leave you greasy.
- Natural Oils like grapeseed, coconut, or sunflower oil are nourishing to dry, sensitive skin and can give a nice shine to your legs. Grapeseed sinks in quickly with a dry finish, coconut oil spreads well but will sit on top longer so be prepared to blot with a towel if you need to get dressed quickly, and sunflower is helpful for psoriasis. Bonus – they can all be found in your local grocery store in the cooking aisle – top shelf!
- Body butter is a thicker, heavier moisturizing cream. It’s great for feet, knees, and elbows all year long, and excellent for long-lasting softness. Try “Valley Girl” for a fluffy, whipped body butter alternative!
Enjoy being bare this winter, if you dare!