If you're one of the unlucky few that shaved your legs the wrong way, chances are, you faced the consequences in the form of strawberry legs. Caused when the enlarged pores trap dead skin, bacteria, and oil in the skin, strawberry legs aren't painful or itchy, but can certainly make you think twice before putting on a cute mini dress or shorts.
Well, feel embarrassed no longer because we've got a few tips that will help you get rid of strawberry legs easily at home.
- 01. Exfoliate
- 02. Take hot showers
- 03. Moisturise after
- 04. Try dry brushing
- 05. Change your hair removal technique
You may have tried this one already, but in case you haven't, exfoliate! Exfoliating your legs regularly can help remove dead skin cells and unclog the pores to remove any impurities that may have clogged them up. Plus, regular exfoliation can also help prevent strawberry legs from occurring again in the future. If you need a good exfoliator for your body, we're here to point you in the direction of the Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub with Pomegranate Seeds and Shea Butter. Not only will the exfoliating scrub get rid of all signs of strawberry legs, but it will also nourish and condition your skin thanks to the pomegranate and shea butter in it, to ensure your legs don't dry out.
02. Take hot showers
Do you know how taking steam is recommended for getting rid of blackheads since the heat unclogs the pores? Similarly, taking a hot shower and exfoliating can help unclog the pores on your legs too. The heat opens up the pores properly, thus making it easier for the exfoliator to work its magic, and clear out all impurities quickly.
03. Moisturise after
Okay, so you've gotten rid of the impurities, but if you don’t moisturise post exfoliation, you’ll probably get strawberry legs again. Always remember to moisturise, preferably with a baddie-free body lotion like the Love Beauty & Planet Natural Coconut Water Hydrating Body Lotion. It will replenish any moisture that may have gotten lost during the exfoliation process, hydrate your skin like no other, and of course, make your body smell divine throughout the day.
04. Try dry brushing
An age-old Ayurvedic technique, dry brushing can help lessen the appearance of strawberry legs, and unclog the pores on your legs too. All you need is a brush with thick bristles. Take it, and massage it all over your dry legs in small, circular motions without any lubrication. Always be careful to dry brush a few days after waxing or shaving, though, since your skin can be especially sensitive after that, and might get irritated if you do it too soon.
05. Change your hair removal technique
Whether it involves switching up your razor, shaving only when there's a sizable amount of hair to remove, or changing over to waxing or laser hair removal altogether, having chronic strawberry legs is a surefire sign that you need to do something about your hair removal technique — STAT! Remember that while hair removal can be a minefield, there's something for everyone, and even if it takes you a few tries, you'll eventually get to a place where you can kiss your strawberry legs goodbye for good!
Written by Nishtha Bhalla on Oct 13, 2021
Nishtha is a freelance writer who loves all things beauty, fashion, culture, and lifestyle. With content covering a variety of topics, she brings a holistic, nuanced perspective to her writing. In her free time, she can be found watching reruns of The Office, reading anything she can get her hands on, and experimenting with astrology.