Summer is around the corner, and it is time again to show your legs in those lovely shorts. Unfortunately, due to the winter season, your skin may be dry and cracking. However, you can prepare your skin and legs again for summer with a few simple techniques.
Here are the steps you can take to improve your skin luster and prepare your legs for summer.
1. Exfoliate your skin
The skin may not often properly remove dead skin cells, and this leads to clogging of skin pores and dry patches.
Exfoliation is the process of completely removing these dead skin cells.
You can manually remove these dead skin cells on your leg using cleansing scrubs or brushes. Also, the use of chemical exfoliants containing alpha and beta hydroxyl acids aids in the gentle removal of these dead cells.
To prevent complications such as skin damage and breakouts of exfoliation, here are some precautions:
- Use an exfoliation method suitable for your skin type. For instance, manual exfoliation will not suit your skin type if you have sensitive skin.
- Apply an exfoliant gently on your skin.
- Avoid over-exfoliating your skin by adhering to an exfoliation frequency and schedule.
2. Moisturize your skin
After exfoliation, moisturize your skin to make them glow. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, here are some skin moisturizing tips:
- Use only fragrance-free soaps or skincare products.
- Wash your leg with warm water for 5-10 minutes.
- Dry your skin gently using a soft towel
- Apply a moisturizer—ointments or creams preferably because they are less irritating.
3. Stay hydrated
Your skin could appear dry because you are not well hydrated. This is because the outermost layer of the skin needs adequate water to help the skin radiate.
Your daily water intake requirement depends on your physiological state. To prevent overhydration, drink enough water whenever you feel thirsty and after profuse sweating following an exercise.
Eat water-rich fruits such as watermelon, cucumber, and orange to increase your hydration state. Also, you can drink beverages like fat-free milk, tea, and yogurt.
4. Hair Removal
Wearing your shorts with hair-free legs is appealing for summer. You can remove the hairs on your legs by waxing or shaving them.
Waxing the hairs in your legs removes the hair from its root, leaving you hair-free for a longer time than shaving.
If you have sensitive skin, get a professional to wax your leg to prevent risks such as wax burns, infections, and skin abrasions.
If you intend to shave the hairs on your legs, here are some tips:
- Moisten your skin using warm water for 10 minutes. This helps to reduce skin irritation from dry skin.
- Exfoliate your leg skin to prevent dead cells from clogging your shaving razor.
- Use shaving cream.
- Shave your hair in the direction of hair growth.
- Use shaving razors once and dispose of them safely afterward.
5. Stay active
Start a daily exercise routine you maintain to keep the tone of your muscles and prevent the onset of varicose veins or leg swellings. Simple physical activities like walking help to strengthen your calf muscles and increase the venous return in your leg veins. This reduces venous blood stagnation and pressure responsible for expanding leg veins. Apart from walking, you can carry out leg squats and other leg stretching exercises.
6. Prompt treatment of spider or varicose veins
Spider and varicose veins affect the appearance of your skin and the aesthetic appeal.
These venous disorders may occur in the visible areas of your legs and may cause skin discoloration in affected areas.
Non-functioning valves impair smooth blood flow in the leg veins, resulting in Spider and varicose veins. This causes elevated venous pressure that leads to distorted leg veins, as seen in spider veins and large twisted varicose veins.
Early treatment is necessary to prevent the development of complications such as venous thrombosis. There are various therapeutic options for varicose and spider veins, so seek treatment from an experienced vein specialist
Do you need help with varicose veins?
Our vein specialists at Virginia Vein Care are proficient in using minimally invasive procedures in treating spider veins and varicose veins.
After a thorough assessment, we will recommend an ideal therapeutic intervention to manage your varicose veins. We will create a personalized approach for managing your varicose veins as you prepare your legs for summer.
For spider or varicose vein treatment, schedule an appointment with a Virginia Vein Care location close to you today.