Whether you just want to show off smooth, pretty legs under summer shorts, skirts and dresses or need to exfoliate before using self tanners, there are multiple options to keep the skin on your legs at its best. The right way to exfoliate your legs can depend upon your needs, skin sensitivity and even how you handle hair removal. Some people may find that using several gentle options regularly works best, while others might prefer a once-every-few-days or once-a-week solution.
Exfoliating Sponges, Brushes and Scrubbies
The most basic way to exfoliate is to simply scrub gently with a rough surface. Loofahs are one traditional option. They are inexpensive, easy to use and natural. You can also opt for synthetic scrubbing sponges with an exfoliating surface or a bath brush. A handled loofah or brush may work well if you have mobility difficulties or need to exfoliate in the shower as opposed to the tub.
Sugar and salt scrubs, as well as similar abrasive products, can also work well. You can make a basic sugar scrub by combining 2 cups of brown sugar with 1 cup of a carrier oil, like light olive or almond oil. Add a few drops of vitamin E as a preservative if desired. Avoid using a salt scrub after shaving your legs to prevent discomfort.
Unlike scrubs and loofahs, exfoliating lotions work by using chemicals to remove the hair. Look for products containing alpha hydroxy acids or glycolic acids for an exfoliating effect. While a loofah or sugar scrub is quite affordable, expect these products to be significantly more expensive. Be wary of acid solutions if you have sensitive skin, and discontinue use if redness or irritation occurs.