The Ultimate Leg Guide

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Boy, summer’s taken its time, hasn’t it? But at last, it is time to peel off some layers – and reveal the skin beneath. And – in the case of our legs – possibly shriek in horror, and retreat straight back into a pair of jeans. Not sure what it is about legs, but most emerge from winter looking like they’ve been under a stone somewhere. Hideously pale. Often dry and flaky. Definitely not worthy of a can-can, that’s for sure…

But since most of us are just longing to stow away our opaques until autumn rolls round, emergency action is required. The good news? Fortunately, there are some short-cuts to bare-able legs which can transform them fast enough for you to reach for a short dress or a pair of shorts in just an hour or two from now, without scaring the horses. (Highly relevant, in Sarah’s case.) Read More…

3 Of The Best Dry-Leg Smoothers

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  1. Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt, £19.95. This is made from a high-tech fabric that grabs and sloughs off flaky dead skin, leaving legs smooth and healthy-looking; it also reduces ingrown hairs, little lumps and clogged pores.
  2. Sanctuary Spa 4 Day Moisture Oil Scrub, £9.99, available nationwide and from sanctuary.com. A big pot of scrub, packed with fine salt crystals to exfoliate, plus organic olive oil, gold of pleasure oil and shea butter to hydrate for up to four days.
  3. Seven Wonders Miracle Lotion, £15. This longtime favourite combines 14 herbs, sweet almond and olive oils plus aloe vera, leaving skin immediately more supple and soft.

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Four Steps To Smoother Skin

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With winter coming, I have emails from readers fretting about sore, dry, crepey, even flaky skin, on both faces and bodies – particularly legs. You need a two-way approach here, with skincare plus food and supplements. Products are all available from Victoria Health.

  • Eat omega-3 rich oily fish (eg salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines), flax seeds (ground or slightly roasted), dark green leafy vegetables, avocados, walnuts, whole organic milk.
  • Keep skin hydrated by supplementing with hyaluronic acid (HA) – known as ‘nature’s sponge’ for its ability to attract and hold water – which also helps joints. And take skin ceramides, which help maintain healthy skin lipid (fat) levels. Try Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength by NHS Labs, £35 for 30 vege-caps, and Skin Restoring Ceramides by Life Extension, £25 for 30 liquid capsules (one daily). I’ve had rave reviews for both.
  • For faces, fan mail floods in weekly for Nude Replenishing Night Oil, which was the highest-scoring product ever in the Beauty Bible trials. £44 for 15 ml from Victoria Health, or on special offer with a full-size 100ml Nude Cleansing Facial Oil for £49, (saving £17).
  • For silkifying bodies, Seven Wonders Miracle Lotion is my all-time favourite; with herbs, aloe vera and sweet almond oil, it makes an immediate difference. £14.50 for 237 ml from £14.50.

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