Why should you make sure your legs are always at their best? Well…
I’m sorry for being dramatic, but INGROWN HAIR ARE THE STORY OF MY LIFE.
Actually, they were. Because I found the best way (for me) how to exfoliate legs, and now it’s like my religion! I hope it becomes a routine for you too.
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What is Exfoliation?
Let’s start with the basics…
Exfoliation refers to a method of removing unwanted dead skin cells using either good hair removal products or a good manual method where you get rid of skin cell build-up.
I specifically repeated the word ‘good’, because some people are promoting pumice stone as a hair removal method, which makes me cringe hard.
If you have hairy legs, armpits, and face, exfoliation will help remove them and give you a flawless look.
Exfoliation is vital in keeping your legs smooth and soft.
Because we’ve all had that day of – Oh, it’s sunny outside! I’ll wear skirts. Oh, but wait, I have an ingrown hair party on my upper thighs. Nevermind. It’s not that warm outside. Good thing I like sweating and wearing long skirts and pants.
*end of sarcasm 2.0*
Let’s not even get into the sacrifices made because of ingrown hairs on the bikini line… I mean, nobody actually likes going swimming, right? And the red bumps aren’t THAT bad. Right?
NO, it is THAT bad when you have an ingrown hair! There IS hope and you’ll see a difference when you become an exfoliating addict.
So, without further ado, below you’ll find some very useful tips and products on the best way to exfoliate legs.
How To Exfoliate Legs 101
So how do you do it? It’s actually very simple especially with all the products you can buy on the market these days.
Not only that but through the years, manufacturers have developed tools and products for exfoliating unwanted hairs as well as came up with tested and proven hair removal methods.
Aside from these, many DIY enthusiasts keep giving us their own recipes for exfoliating legs and removing unwanted hairs. The internet is full of them (we’ll talk more about those later).
How To Avoid Ingrown Hairs
Have you asked yourself why ingrown hairs appear in the first place?
Answer: these hairs don’t grow outward as they are supposed to. Instead, they grow sideways or curl back into your skin.
When not removed, they can cause folliculitis (infection of the hair follicle).
Hair removal practices like waxing and shaving are the most famous culprits behind ingrown hairs. It’s no surprise then that they’re commonly found in areas where thicker hairs grow.
And legs are no exception.
The easiest way to do so is by using exfoliating gloves that are gentle to the skin yet can effectively remove dead skin cells.
Another effective option is using an exfoliating soap or scrubs which you can use daily. Preferably one with natural exfoliants like oats and lots of oil to keep the skin moisturized.
How To Exfoliate Legs Before Epilation
Even if you have one of the best epilators, there’s no guarantee that you will avoid ingrown hairs altogether.
However, it can be a great combo in fighting ingrown hairs IF you learn how to exfoliate legs before epilation.
One of the easiest ways to exfoliate your legs before epilating is by using a body scrub or loofah. These shower-must-haves can effectively remove dead skin cells that block ingrown hairs from growing outward.
Once you’ve exfoliated, it’s easier for the epilator to remove ingrown hair.
HINT: DO NOT EXFOLIATE RIGHT BEFORE EPILATING. Exfoliate 1-2 days before epilating.
How To Exfoliate Legs At Home (Everyday Edition)
Can you imagine the cost of having a professional exfoliate your legs for you in salons or clinics? You’ll be paying a big amount of money for something you can do on your own.
Be practical and save that cash by learning how to do it at home like a pro.
Dead skin can make your legs look dry and cause ingrown hair to grow too. Too much exposure to the sun and pollution can damage your skin’s natural barriers.
This is why regular exfoliation straight from your home is a must.
The first thing you have to do is decide on the materials or products you want to use. Here are some of them:
Sponge or Loofah
These shower necessities won’t only give you smoother and more radiant legs but also provide overall pampering for your whole body.
You also need to couple your loofah or sponge with the best body scrubs out there. These will help open up the pores and moisturize the skin.
Exfoliating and Cleansing Kit
If you have zero ideas on what to use, getting a kit will be a more practical choice.
There are products in the market today that already include the most appropriate tools for cleansing and exfoliating. They’re also ideal for the face and the whole body.
How To Exfoliate Legs Naturally
Perhaps you’re wondering, how I exfoliate my legs naturally, a.k.a. the DIY way? The good news is you don’t need to be an expert just to know the steps and tricks in exfoliating your legs to perfection.
It’s always better to do things naturally especially if you have very sensitive skin or prefer pampering yourself in your own way.
Did you know that you can naturally exfoliate your legs using common items around your house, specifically the kitchen? You can start by making your very own body scrub.
Here are some homemade scrubs to try today:
Sweet and Lemony Scrub
This scrub is guaranteed to make your legs ultra-smooth and lean afterward.
- 1 ¼ cup sugar.
- 3 teaspoons lemon juice.
- ½ cup oil, preferably coconut or olive oil.
- Combine all ingredients to make a syrupy mixture.
- Place in a plastic squeeze bottle or jar.
- Soak your legs in the tub for a few minutes.
- Apply the mixture all over the legs.
The sugar acts as a natural exfoliator while the lemon juice gently peels dead skin to reveal whiter complexion. Meanwhile, the oil acts as a moisturizer.
Use this scrub regularly and you’ll see excellent results almost instantly!
Sea Salt DIY Leg Scrub
Having a very effective natural body scrub is important for DIY exfoliating.
One of the best products you can use to remove dead skin is sea salt which is coarse yet gentle enough to apply all over your legs.
The main ingredient for this scrub is:
- Sea salt, around ½ cup is enough.
- Olive, coconut, or jojoba oil to make a paste.
- Apply on your legs starting from the ankles in a circular motion.
- Rinse off with water.
- Dry with a soft towel and massage your legs while doing so to promote better blood circulation.
Oatmeal Body Scrub
Oatmeal isn’t only an anti-oxidant but it can also do wonders on your skin once used as a body scrub. It’s been commonly used in exfoliating bars for face and body.
It’s no surprise then that it’s also an effective scrub for your legs.
For this recipe you’ll need:
- A cup of finely ground oatmeal.
- Oil of your choosing.
Yes, that’s it.
By the way, lavender essential oil smells really good or you may want a combination of chamomile or rosewood.
- Place it in a jar then add approximately 30 drops of oil of your choosing.
- To use, combine a teaspoon of the mixture with water until it forms a paste.
- Rub gently on your legs.
- Rinse thoroughly with water.
Coffee with Cinnamon and Orange Body Scrub
I can smell the nice aroma just by saying its name.
Coffee doesn’t only give you the energy boost you need but it’s also very effective as an exfoliant.
Combine it with orange and cinnamon and you’ll have fairer and definitely more fragrant legs.
- A cup of ground coffee.
- One tablespoon cinnamon.
- 1/3 cup almond oil.
- 2 drops of orange essential oil (optional, but the smell is just… mmmm!).
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Make sure to add the oil slowly to avoid clumping.
- Add cinnamon and stir until the mixture resembles moist sand.
- Add the orange essential oil drops for fragrance.
- Apply all over your legs using gentle circular motions.
- Wash thoroughly.
You can use this scrub all over your legs regularly to keep them smooth and feeling fresh!
Homemade Mint Scrub
If you want a minty scrub for your legs, then this is it! A mint body scrub isn’t only for the ladies but even men can use it.
For this scrub, you’ll need:
- ½ cup of coconut oil.
- At least two cups of sugar.
- 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract.
- Soften coconut oil in a bowl then add sugar.
- Next put in the peppermint extract and the coloring.
- Mix thoroughly all the ingredients.
- Exfoliate your way to smooth legs.
- Wash thoroughly.
Just a hint, add more sugar if the scrub is too wet or oily. In case it’s too dry, add more oil to it. Be sure to put your scrub in an airtight container such as a glass jar.
People have different skin types. You don’t expect the same products to work on everybody.
What may work for your friend may not do the same for you. In order to find the best way to exfoliate legs that will work perfectly on you, you need to experiment a little.
One of the first things you need to do is read.
There are many resources out there, especially online, on what to use to exfoliate legs. You only need to read about other people’s tested and proven exfoliating products and techniques and try them yourself to see if they work on you too.
Another practical tip is to simply ask your dermatologist.
Your doctor knows best than any self-acclaimed DIY skincare guru out there so best to ask him or her. This holds true too if you happen to have sensitive skin or have allergies.
Exfoliating your legs regularly offers many benefits.
To start, it can prevent the growth of ingrown hair which can be very troublesome. Exfoliation removes dead skin; this way hair grows properly instead of growing back into the skin.
Exfoliating especially before you shave or epilate is a must. It will make the whole process easier and faster. Hairs are more exposed so they can be easily removed by your tool.
Once you have found a method you’re comfortable with, stick to it as long as it continues to work for you. The same goes when using the right products for exfoliation. Use those which you have already tested and proven to be worthy for your skin type.
Now that you know how to exfoliate legs, make sure to apply the methods presented above. Be careful when choosing the right products. There are many of them found online and in local stores near you.
I would also be happy if you shared your own body scrub recipe for exfoliating legs down in the comment section below.