July 15th 2021
'Legs out' season is here! These are our 13 must-buys for summer-ready limbs
April 29th 2021 / 0 comment
Skirts and shorts are on the horizon – or at least, cropped trousers. Here's how we'll be prepping our legs ahead of summer
Tights off weather is upon us and after six months swaddled in M&S opaques, our legs are in need of some serious TLC. These are the 13 buys team GTG relies on to get our legs ready for their first outing of the season, though we might start off with cropped jeans rather than plunging straight in with skirts.
Hair removal heroes
Wilkinson Sword Xtreme 3 Beauty Eco Green, £9.11 for four razors
We know waxing lasts longer, but sometimes you can't beat a nice shaving session in the bath. Quick, easy and convenient and a step that makes us feel more summer-ready immediately. Thanks to Wilkinson Sword, shaving can be more eco-friendly too. This razor comes in fully cardboard packaging, plus the handle is made from 95 per cent recycled plastic and can be recycled again.
This shaving gel is cooling on the skin and even if your razor is less than sharp, it helps the blades glide over your limbs for a closer shave. Plus at £3, it's a real bargain. You can't put a price on a smooth shave.
Bliss Poetic Waxing Straight-From-The-Spa Hair Removal Kit, £19.99 for 150g
Spa brand Bliss hasn't been available in the UK for the last five years or so, but it's back with a bang in Boots and this at-home waxing kit flew off the shelves as soon as it landed. It takes a brave woman to wax herself at home, but if you're after a longer-lasting hair removal option than shaving, this bright blue strip wax is worth a try (if you can bear to whip it off your own skin). It grabs even the shortest hairs and chamomile makes it gentle for sensitive skin, so you be hair-free without irritation.
Braun Silk-Expert Pro 5, £270
For even longer-lasting hair removal, try Braun's latest hair removal laser, which takes just five minutes per leg to zap your hairs away. Granted, it's a bit of a longer commitment than shaving or waxing (it takes four weeks to whisk away your leg hair permanently) but imagine scarcely needing to wax or shave again?
Skin Doctors Ingrow Go Lotion, £12.99
If you're afflicted with ingrown hairs you'll know just how irritating they can be. This liquid makes light work of them, banishing both ingrown hairs and razor burn to make your legs smooth and bump-free. It uses anti-bacterial isopropyl alcohol to sterilises infected pores, ant-inflammatory acetylsalicylic acid to reduce swelling and glycolic acid to remove dry skin cells and calm redness. You can use it on any ingrown hair, but it certainly works wonders on legs.
The gloss givers
Everyone knows you can't achieve a flawless fake tan if you haven't exfoliated first and this happens to be the best exfoliator we've tried in a long while. It has a jelly texture with large grains inside which refine rough skin thanks to salicylic acid.
It smoothes bumps while natural exfoliating powders and charcoal massages away dull, dead skin cells. It moisturises too with coconut water and avocado oil. It does create a bit of a mess in the shower (little black charcoal grains are no friend to white tiles) but it can be forgiven for how nicely it makes moisturiser glide on. Since using this GTG's digital writer Melanie has had several compliments on how soft the backs of her arms are (really!) and she's sure the same would go for her legs if anyone has the pleasure of touching them.
This is Sam Bunting's first foray into body care and we're happy to report it's just as high-performing as her skincare. It's designed to tackle the signs of premature ageing, brightening, firming and smoothing dull, neglected skin (our legs post-winter for sure). It works extra hard and reviving dry patches on the knees and absorbs with no stickiness. It uses a plethora of skincare ingredients to achieve the promised results, including bakuchiol, to help reduce hyperpigmentation, niacinamide, which also works on hyperpigmentation, lactic acid to draw moisture to the skin and squalane to soften and smooth the skin. It packs the same punch as a facial serum, just on a bigger scale.
Glossier's body oil smells of neroli and leaves skin silky, absorbs easily. We especially like that it sprays on so our hands don't get slippy during application. It gives the legs a lovely sheen with moisture that lasts all day long, plus it's a dry oil so you can get dressed straight away after using it.
Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague, who has her own tanning brand so knows a thing or two about body care, told her five million Instagram followers that this is one of her favourite body creams. It sinks in right away and leaves legs feeling ultra nourished with a honey and floral scent that lasts all day.
The must-have tools
Granted, this looks like an ice lolly mould, but in fact, it's a vacuum cup that moved over the skin to help reduce fluid retention and promote circulation. We all know there's no miracle cure for cellulite (and nor do we need one) but by banishing water retention it smoothes the skin texture to achieve a smoother look. It should be used over an oil, in an upward motion from the knee to the hip. Legology's Cellu-Lite Salon Secret For Legs, £62.50, was designed to be used with this and has the most amazing zesty smell.
Lisa Snowdon said she dry body brushes every day to wake up her circulation and keep her skin soft. Benefits include blood circulation stimulation, lymphatic drainage, softer skin and exfoliation, plus any products you apply after body brushing penetrate better.
For bronzed legs
Isle of Paradise Body Butter, £16.95
The illuminating velvety-smooth body butter is designed for every skin tone and gives a gradual self-tan with the most natural yet buildable glow. GTG's Jemma tested and sang its praises for darker skin and we've had rave reviews on pale skin too. You apply the easy-to-use tan in place of your regular moisturiser; it’s slightly richer and incredibly hydrating, nourishing and doesn’t feel greasy at all. Plus, it features green colour correcting actives that work to cancel redness. You can apply it alone with hands or even better with the brand's new Blending Brush, £11.
This lightweight formula instant smooths, evens and add a natural luminosity to the legs, blurring and concealing marks, veins and pigmentation for flawless limbs. It's transfer-proof so you don't need to worry about getting it on your white dresses and it's infused with vitamin E to be conditioning to the skin. There are eight skin tone shades from Fair to Deep Dark and two gloss shades for people who want shine. Opt for your own skin tone to cover imperfections or a shade darker for a bronzed look.