Best ways to have smooth legs
Legs can be one of a woman's best assets, but they also could come with a whole lot of issues, from unwanted hair or the dreaded cellulite, to hard-to-get-rid-of spider veins. It's enough to make you swear off shorts and skirts and vow to only wear pants forever. But we've put together this guide to help you show some skin with confidence. Find your problem and let's find out how to get rid of them.
1. Get rid of spider veins
About 50% of women over the age of 50 suffer from spider veins (those small, dilated blood vessels just beneath your skin's surface that give off a serious road-map vibe). Spider veins are usually caused by genetics, but being overweight and prolonged standing or sitting with legs crossed can also cause them by compromising blood flow.
- Fix spider veins fast: Most immediate solution for spider veins are temporary: You can use a tinted leg spray or brushing on waterproof body makeup.
- Spider veins, gone forever: The best treatment for these unwanted spider veins is sclerotherapy, a medical procedure in which each vein is injected with a solution that causes it to collapse, according to specialists. It's effective—treated veins typically fade within a few weeks - but also comes with a high price Treating both legs can take up to four 275$ to 400$ sessions spaced six to eight weeks apart. If you're dealing with severe varicose veins, see a vascular specialist for further treatment options, like laser ablation.
2. Fuzzy legs no more!
Hair growth on your legs typically slows with age (guess that's one benefit of getting older). The bad news is that the skin on your legs also gets drier with time, meaning hair removal is more likely to cause irritation.
- The fast fix for fuzzy legs: Razors are the quickest and easiest remedy for hair removal, and models with multiple blades get the job done in fewer strokes and minimize nicks and razor burn, according to dermatologists. Moisten skin with warm water first, and shave in the morning, when legs are less likely to be swollen, so more of each hair's length is exposed to the blade, resulting in a longer-lasting smooth-to-the-touch feel.
- Remove hair forever: Laser treatment for hair removal (a procedure done in a beauty salon) is faster and less painful than other hair removal remedies. Its vacuum head gently pulls skin closer to the light source, so more energy can reach (and destroy) follicles. But you only feel the vacuum sensation, sans any stinging. The price depends on the size of the area you want the hair to be removed from. So hair removal laser treatment comes in at around 100$ for a single session on your toes (you'll need several, no matter where you get it done) to 600$ for your entire leg and bikini area. If you'd prefer a DIY option, there are some home options you can use, every two weeks for up to three months.
3. How to hide cellulite
More than 85% of women experience dimpling, which gets worse as we get older or our weight fluctuates - likely because skin's connective tissue weakens, allowing underlying fat to bulge.
- The quick fix for cellulite: Anti cellulite lotions with theophylline (a diuretic agent) or caffeine could temporarily plump skin's surface, so legs appear smoother, according to experts. The best anti cellulite practice is to massage the cream into your skin twice a day for best results (or at least once, giving that I know most of us don't have time or a mood to do this two times a day). For even more camouflage you could add a tinted leg spray, which disguises the lumpy texture but is easier to use than self-tanner because it washes off at the end of the day. Another temporary anti cellulite fix: try the inverted yoga pose - something as simple as making an “L” with your body by lying on the floor and resting your legs against a wall—can drain excess fluid from fat cells and improve puckering for a few hours.
- Best anti cellulite solution: Try Cellulaze, one most popular options for treating cellulite. The procedure involves melting fat and breaking the fiber bands that cause that uneven, dimpled appearance with a tiny laser fiber inserted under the skin. You'll only need one treatment, but it'll cost you about 5,000$ to 7,000$. A less pricey option is endermologie, which combines high suction and massage to break up the fibrous bands causing the lumpy appearance and clear out the lymphatic fluid that builds up in cellulite. It's also pricey, at 300$ to 1,200$ for every session.
Remember though that none of these procedures are guaranteed to completely remove all of the cellulite, a patient can expect to see anywhere from 20–75% improvement in its appearance.