Just because you’re in the process of trading in your sandals for your boots and adding layers to your look doesn’t mean you won’t be legs out for a while longer. (Besides, those booties were made for walking!) Herewith, you’ll find the 14 best beauty products to make your legs look sexier, more sculpted, and smoother than ever. And for more great beauty advice, don’t miss the 20 Best Energizing Beauty Products for an Extra Morning Boost.
Start By Scrubbing Your Stems
Jo Malone London Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub
$55; buy now at jomalone.com
After a summer of sun and sand, your legs may be peeling a bit, whether you’d want to admit it or not. (No judgement, sunburns and dry skin definitely happen.) Hop into the shower, and before turning on the water, grab a handful of this sweet-smelling scrub and work it in circular motions from your heart outwards, which simulates dry brushing and can help get your lymphatic system moving a bit. It will instantly get rid of all those flakes.
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Lather Up With an Oil-to-Cream Cleanser
Rituals Yogi Delight Shower Oil
$15; buy now at rituals.com
This soothing shower oil transforms into a silky soft foam on contact with water, leaving your skin wonderfully soft. And since it has slip, the rose-and-almond scented cleanser doubles up as an excellent shaving cream or emollient, too. Make sure to wash the shower floor after using, though—the shower floor will 100 percent become more slippery.
Or Try a New Shaving Cream
Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Smooth Shaving Cream
$5; buy now at walgreens.com
If the idea of using your cleanser to shave isn’t cool—or you’re looking for something a bit more traditional—this formula has been a favorite of men and women alike for years. It’s infused with soy, which means it helps even out skin tone and minimize dark spots, and when you use it over time, it purportedly minimizes hair growth. I haven’t seen any hard evidence of the latter, but it’s still the best shaving cream around, TBH. And for more great fall beauty coverage, be sure to read Our Complete Guide To Fall’s Hottest Cuts and Colors.
Pick the Best Razor
Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Care Razor
$9; buy now at cvs.com
If you’re reaching for a razor, find one that’s make for sensitive skin or has built-in emollient ingredients to help the razor glide smoothly and avoid nicking you. Spiked with a shea butter-based serum and entirely hypoallergenic, this razor is a legitimate drugstore diamond.
Keep Future Flakes at Bay
DermaDoctor KP Duty High Potency Daily Peel
$56; buy now at ulta.com
A body peel may seem unnecessary, but when you see the results, you may change your tune. If you suffer from “chicken skin” arms, also known as keratosis pilaris, or have ended the season with dry, rough, bumpy skin—thanks to oversaturation of chlorine, sunshine, and sweat—this double-duty treatment fights back by employing an AHA-soaked pad to help exfoliate further, while the Quench pad leaves skin hydrated with ingredients like cucumber extract and honey.
Firm and Tighten With a Body Serum
BioEffect Body Intensive Age Defying Serum
$85; buy now at beautybay.com
If you haven’t tried a body serum, you haven’t lived. These formulas are specifically designed to target the thicker skin on your body and are usually heavier in feel. This one, however, has a featherweight, liquid texture, which not only gives your body the effects of a facial serum, but can also hydrate the roughest of patches when concentrated on those areas, including knees, elbows, and ankles.
Hydrate With a Calming Cream
Pai Comfrey & Calendula Body Cream
$40; buy now at paiskincare.com
These are packed with super-hydrating ingredients (such as Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter) that support the natural moisture barrier while still allowing your skin to breathe. Calendula brings visible relief to any inflammation while Comfrey helps combat itchiness, post-shave irritation or any potential flare-ups from exfoliation.
Gloss Over High Points
H2O+ Beauty Sea Salt Body Gloss
$18; buy now at h20plus.com
Just because the 12 weeks of summer are technically over doesn’t mean you can’t smell like the ocean for a bit longer—after all, there will be an inevitable warm up before autumn really kicks in again. This almond-oil infused body gloss is easy applied to shins, calf muscles, and any other parts of your body that you want to show off. (Know it’s not relevant here, but it looks incredible glazed over shoulders as well.)
Even Out Skin Tone (and Get in Some SPF)
This Works Perfect Legs Skin Protector SPF 30
$74; buy now at thisworks.com
Your skin is definitely not yet free of the confines of sunscreen. In fact, it’s equally as important to wear SPF year round—whether you’re at the beach or elsewhere. With a high level of sun protection, this innovative tinted spray lotion evens out a slew of different skin tones with the same formulation. Hyaluronic acid smooths the appearance of any bites, stretch marks, or uneven pockets of skin while antioxidants, vitamin C and E in particular, help smooth fine lines and offer even more protection from the sun.
Get Glowing With a Bronzing Cream
Becca Luminous Body Perfecting Bronzing Mousse
$34; buy now at beccacosmetics.com
Want to get a bit more glam than just a touch-up would require? Bust out this whipped body mousse, which gives skin a luminous, tan glow that looks natural yet slightly more ethereal (attribute that to the shimmer or your own personal light from within) than the sun itself—or a sunburn—would provide. It’s also water- and transfer-resistant, meaning you can wear that white skirt after labor day and still look seasonally appropriate.
Blend Creams with a Sponge
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Contour Blender
$8, buy now at lorealparis.com
Once you’ve worked in your serums, lotions, and tinted moisturizers, blend with a damp contour sponge, which will help define your natural musculature and make your legs look leaner and longer. Although it works well with powder, we like using a blending sponge best with creamier formulas, dabbing in circular motions (after misting with Jurlique Rosewater Spray) until blended completely.
Add a Dusting of Shimmer
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body in Fireball
$32; buy now at urbandecay.com
Highlighter can go all wrong sometimes—especially on your body, when you risk looking like a head-to-toe discoball—but this one, made for your body, imparts an extra-fine dusting of the tan-enhancing powder. Strobe the same way you would with the body gloss, but know this is a replacement, rather than an addition to, the body gloss. (After all, you definitely don’t wanna look like you’re working for Glitter, Incorporated, at work.)
Then Blend It All With a Body Brush
Artis Elite Smoke Palm Brush
$65; buy now at artisbrush.com
Love the ultra-soft bristles of a well-made makeup brush but are frustrated with the lack of control? Same. Which is why this one—literally designed to fit in the palm of your hand—is perfect for superior blending and hard to reach areas. The sleek grey hue is just the latest iteration of this vanity-ready brush that really offers makeup-artist levels of buffing perfection.
Set, Spray, and Go
Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist
$26; buy now at sephora.com
Yes, you can (and should) use a setting spray when it comes to body makeup, too! It serves literally the same exact functionality, but instead of ensuring your foundation is in place, it’s working on that body makeup you’ve spent time prepping for and applying. Kat Von D’s mist is second to none—after all, the name has gotta be “Lock It” for a reason, right? And if you’d rather all this pampering come from someone else, be sure to hit up one of the 15 Most Luxurious Spas in America Right Now.
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