The calendar definitely says its spring, but where I live we recently received a wintery foot of snow. I continue to tell myself that it’s April! I know that sunny warm days are just ahead and that means bare legs. Showing off your legs after a long, cold winter isn’t usually a very exciting concept. The first mild days often serve as a harsh reminder that we’ve been comfortably hiding under tights and jeans for months. Fitting rooms are filled with women loving new spring clothes…but dreading the thought of uncovering their legs.
the bare leg issue becomes more daunting as we age.
Let’s face it, in most cases, younger legs look better.
The skin is tighter and more luminous. The muscle tone comes back quicker after just a few workouts. Fewer veins, lumps and spots.
However, even though your legs (and mine:-) maybe aren’t quite as effortlessly fabulous as they once were…we have some great options to improve the look of our legs!
Here are 5 ways to transition out of long pants with ease...
1. Self Tanner
Say it louder…SELF TANNER! This product is your friend. I promise. The days of orange, smelly lotions and sprays are over. Forget what you recall about Sudden Tan and Quick Tan…formulas have changed for the better!
Summer Color by Banana Boat - This stuff is amazing. Comes in a lotion and a spray. I prefer the lotion, but both work really well. $7 at Target
Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner - Incredible product. Much higher price. $38 at Sephora. I'll stick with the drug store brand:-)
Shower first. Shave/exfoliate- even with just a washcloth. Apply self tanner – lotions go right on dry skin, the spray tends to work better on moisturized skin.
After just one application you’ll notice your legs look almost ready for daylight!
I’m sorry…I know, the word itself makes you cringe. I’m often asked if there are any options when it comes to nude hosiery. Good news...there is one brand of hose that will truly make your legs look amazing…and bare.
Donna Karan The Nudes
And...there is now a toe-less version to wear with sandals! What a concept!
I’ve been wearing this brand since 1997 when they were first introduced. At the time, I worked in Couture at Neiman Marcus and female employees were required to wear hosiery.
DK Nudes were so cutting edge and incredibly sheer that often women on the NM staff were accused of having bare legs when they were actually wearing these remarkable pantyhose.
They are that good. Expect to pay about $20/pair.
Take care of them and they will last. I honestly still have a few pairs from the late nineties. Still sparking joy when needed:-)
3. Hydrate and Shimmer
If you really don’t like self tanner. I suggest you try a body lotion with a hint of shimmer or some body oil that will provide a bit so shine.
This type of product makes skin look more youthful because it looks well hydrated. Get a bit of glow without actually changing your skin color. No commitment, just a smooth, youthful sheen.
Nivea Original Daily Moisture- My high school bestie always used this faithfully...she still has the most incredible skin!
Neutrogena Sesame Body Oil- There's a cult following for this product! Great smell and consistency...gorgeous skin follows. Target's Up & Up version is a pretty good copy for a great price.
Olay Quench Daily Lotion –Shimmer- Always good stuff from the folks at Olay. This lotion is a bit harder to find, but the extra shimmer is worth a look.
Heading outside for even a few brisk walks can make you feel more positive about your legs. Want bigger changes? Create a fitness routine that targets legs…and get started! I love Body Rock TV on YouTube. Free and effective! Your lower body will become more toned and you’ll feel better in the process. Win, win!
Let’s face it…maybe we should have liked our younger legs more when we had them:-) I certainly didn’t know how great my legs were back then...ahhh, hindsight.
At this stage, I feel the best option is to embrace the way it is now. Instead of stressing and complaining about my legs, I now choose to be very thankful for all that these ‘older’ legs can do.
Summer’s coming…with a few simple tweaks, you’ll be ready to share your pins with the world! Happily.
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
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