I’m not exactly sure when my undying hatred for stubbly legs began, but since my teenage years I’ve been a super-tickler for clean-shaven legs. And now that short-shorts and dresses are in daily rotation and poolside sessions are popping up on my weekly calendar, I thought it would be a good time to share some of my favorite drugstore discoveries for achieving soft, sheeny, prickle-free legs.
The tool: If you’re still using simple, straight disposable razors (like these) please stop. They’re wasteful and they do a crap job. For a couple extra bucks, pony up for Gillette’s new Venus & Olay combo ($12). Five blades impart a crazy clean shave with a single stroke and the clever Olay-filled moisture bars leave a surprisingly potent dose of nourishment behind. .
The cream: I tested EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream ($5) last summer and I haven’t looked back. Yes, using a non-foaming cream took a little getting used to, but for silky soft legs I’d go through harder adjustments. Since I’m often crunched for time, I appreciate that you can use this stuff on dry skin. I’m also a fan that its paraben- and phthalate-free. The unscented kind is my jam, but vanilla lovers might like the softly scented Vanilla Bliss variety. Tip: Look on Amazon for deals on multi-packs!
The moisturizer: Do you know how lotion commercials brag about products that “lock moisture in?” Well Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel ($4) is one that truly does. I know this because I see it happen every day when I put it on after showering. For this gel to really work wonders, you must apply it to damp skin. The wetter the better, truly! I used a quarter-sized amount on each leg and reap the rewards of soft, supple legs all day long.
The icing on the cake? I just learned about Champneys Mediterranean Bliss Shimmering Body Oil ($11 at Target), a dry body oil infused with a subtle gold shimmer and a summery fragrance. It’s rumored to be popular on the set of “Pretty Little Liars.” Sounds like a glowing addition to my summer skincare routine, especially now that I’m working up a little bit of a tan. Have you tried it? Would I like it? If I get my mitts on some, I’ll for sure let you know if it’s up to snuff.
Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.