A regular skincare routine is as important for your legs as it is for your face.

Soothing Rough Legs

by Shelley Moench-Kelly

We all suffer from rough legs periodically, and factors such as the weather, dehydration, allergic reactions to skincare products just to name a few only serve to make matters worse. Rough legs can also be caused by shaving or waxing without proper preparation and aftercare. The skin can become red, irritated, itchy, dry, tight, and even all of the above. Using the right moisturizing products and properly caring for your legs while grooming will do wonders to restore them to their soft, silky selves in no time.

1. Take Care When Shaving

Do not shave your legs dry or with soap in the shower. Both may seem like shortcuts, but will cause pain and irritation later in the form of cuts, nicks and ingrown hairs. The best time to shave is in the shower or immediately after because the hair is softer. Use specially formulated shave gels that are low- or no-suds, as the ingredients that make suds also may irritate the skin. Replace your razorblades frequently, as dull ones scrape and irritate the skin.

2. Keep Baths Warm and Short

As tempting as it is to take a long, hot shower or soak in a hot bubble bath, stay away from hot water baths or showers as much as possible. Hot water irritates the skin and makes it taut and dry. It also strips the skin of its natural protective oils that serve to keep the skin soft and smooth. Also avoid longevity in your bathing, despite the temperature, because extended exposure also leads to dry, roughened skin. A good time frame is 5 to 10 minutes long.

3. Exfoliate

It is a normal part of most women's skincare routines to exfoliate their faces, but the legs are more often neglected. Ideally, you should exfoliate as often as you shave your legs. Use a loofah sponge in the shower or try dry brushing when not in the shower. Dry brushing involves using a natural bristle brush to brush the limbs and other parts of the body, which stimulates circulation and cleanses the lymph nodes. If you do not exfoliate, dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of the skin, interfering with smooth shaving and the absorption of moisturizers.

4. Moisturize

The right moisturizer is as important as the right skincare routine, and you should moisturize your legs as often as you shower. Moisturizers that are formulated with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAS) do double duty because they exfoliate and moisturize the skin. AHAs are extracted from fruit, sugarcane, and milk, and are natural exfoliants that keep your legs smooth and soft. Regular exfoliation will prevent your legs from becoming rough, dry and irritated.

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