Summer’s almost here—‘tis the season to bare all! But if the prospect of rocking short shorts, a teeny bikini or miniskirt gives you agita, you’re not alone. During the winter months, we bury our body under a zillion layers and tend to moisturize less, maybe not shave as often, and skip exfoliating altogether. Not to worry! Today, we’re launching a new weekly series “Summer Sexy,” where we’ll give tips on getting soft, smooth, supple hot weather-worthy skin, concentrating on a different area every week. Part One is all about getting gorgeous gams, a’la Beyonce—hope you’re taking notes, ladies!
After a winter spent buried under heavy denim, wool and tights, ashy areas and dry spots are only to be expected! Polish dull, rough skin to baby-soft suppleness with Cake Beauty Sweet Cheeks Sinfully Smoothing Brown Sugar Body Scrub ($32). Blended with natural essential oils and scented with cinammon (yum), this exfoliator leaves skin smooth, moisturized and sweet-smelling.
There’s nothing exciting about shaving your legs, but Schick Intuition Plus Sensitive Care Shave System Fragrance-Free ($9.99) actually makes the experience ten times sexier. The high-tech razor comes with a solid, uber-moisturizing shaving gel surrounding the blade, so you can skip a step (just add water!). Plus, the pivoting head follows the curve of your leg, rendering pesky shaving nicks obsolete.
At the VH1 Hip Hop Honors ceremony, Brandy showed up rocking a sculptural minidress, tousled curls and gleaming, ultra-smooth legs that seemed to go on for miles!
Don’t let dimply thighs keep you from rocking short shorts! Shiseido Body Creator Aromatic Sculpting Concentrate Anti-Cellulite ($65) is known among beauty industry insiders to be one of the most effective cellulite cream on the market (hence the price tag!). To smooth your skin, massage this moisturizing, caffeine-spiked cream into “problem” areas after bathing—with continued use, legs will appear more toned, supple and smooth.
Veronica Webb’s perfectly toned, bronzed legs look amazing peeking out of her body-conscious cocktail dress.
Razor bumps don’t only plague the bikini area—tiny, rash-like bumps around the knees can be just as irritating! Stop the ingrown hairs before they start by applying an anti-inflammatory, pore-clearing cream like Art of Shaving Ingrown Hair Night Cream Rose Absolue ($30) over legs after shaving or waxing.
Before a hot night on the town, apply Tarte Glam Gams Leg Bronzing Stick ($30) allover legs to get a tawny, beachy, Sasha Fierce-esque glow. So sexy!
With her flirty sundress and incredibly supple, gleaming gams, Kelly Rowland is the very definition of “summertime sexy.”