How to Get Your Legs Summer-Ready

If you’re anything like me (first of all, congratulations), your legs stop being legs in the winter and instead turn into cold sticks that hurtle you around. When I sat down to write this, I hadn’t shaved my legs since Ross and Rachel were on a break and was ready to start my new life as a werewolf and/or Harry’s girlfriend. But then the sun broke through the clouds, I remembered it’s the middle of April, and got ready to address my legs as legs again. Meanwhile in the shower, my long-neglected razor shook herself from self-imposed hibernation, cracked her knuckles, and whispered “it’s time.” So anyway, here’s a complete roundup of lots of things you can do to your legs to make them so silky smooth that when you lie down on your bed, you’ll slide right off like a bullet.


Prep for (silky smooth) success

Start by reintroducing yourself to your legs (hi, legs!) with a little ~dry brushing~. Our wellness guru on staff, Josie Santi, introduced us all to the wonders of a sexy dry brushing playlist to make the whole process a little more fun. If you want to get really crazy, try microneedling your legs, which has shown to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and even out your skin tone. Just be sure to follow up with hyaluronic acid for that deep penetration (whoops, too much sexy playlist for me).

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Dry Brush


Make the most of your shower

Now that you’ve prepped your stems, go to town in the shower with a targeted body wash. I would die for this Paula’s Choice BHA treatment, it sloughs EVERYTHING off including bad attitudes, Mondays, and ghosters. I also religiously follow @things.i.bought.and.liked, who swears by this almond shower oil for shaving and y’all it really works.

Exfoliate n’ Glow

I have been an exfoliating kween since middle school when I had to go to swim class everyday (this was legit sanctioned torture but whatever). Follow up all that scrubby goodness with a body oil to lock in your new Blake Lively legs.


Add some color

As someone who once asked Casper how he maintains his tan, I worship at the alter of fake color. There are a lot of ~fancy~ self-tanning systems out there but I’m partial to good ol’ Jergens because when you need as much product as I do, you can’t be spending $100/ounce on this shiz. It’s also fun to play around with illuminators that don’t have tan in them, they are basically foolproof and will make you feel like the shimmering, kickass goddess you are. Look mom, no streaks!

If you want to be ~extra~

Because you’re not hardcore unless you live hardcore. I feel like “hardcore” really defines a face mask for your butt, amiright.

  • Wow, this is intense. I don’t even think I’m going to shave my legs this month, let alone exfoliate them….lol.

    On The Cusp |

  • Kate

    Great tips, thanks for sharing. Definitely need to try out some of these products!


  • Thanks for sharing these tips! I should get my dry brush soon.

    Hannah / Words & Latte

  • Elizabeth

    I appreciate that the goal of this article may have been “self care”, and the tips are helpful for those looking for that, but it does give the impression that a women needs to do something to improve herself before she should show her bare legs in public. It’s the same concept as being “bikini body ready”… If we are trying to spread the message that women are beautiful the way they are, there shouldn’t be so much pressure to always make yourself look better for a certain situation or audience. If you want to stop hating your legs, then love them for what they are, don’t spends hours in the bathroom trying to make them look “better”.

    • Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing this perspective — we completely agree with you that women don’t need to do anything to wear a swimsuit or bare their legs. This article is aimed at anyone who does want to set up a routine for their legs — just as they would set up a skincare routine or a morning routine. We think it’s totally okay to spend time on exfoliation or shaving if it makes you feel good and to not do those things if that makes you feel good. Thanks for reading!