Jason Merritt

Tricks All Women With Great Legs Swear By

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After an entire season of hiding under sweatpants and ankle-length coats, your legs are starting to see the light of day for the first time in months. And while temperatures haven’t settled in sundress territory yet, do yourself a favor and get your gams spring-ready immediately. The best part is, there’s not a single squat required. Ahead, the tricks every woman should know for keeping legs looking amazing year round.

How To Have Great Legs All Year

Try A Hair-Removal Hack

For the closest shave ever, soak in a warm bath with a few teaspoons of olive oil before you bust out the razor—this softens the hair and prevents pulling and irritation. At the very least, wait to shave your legs until the end of your shower routine. This allows the steam to open up your pores and soften your hair, giving you a closer shave. In the meantime give yourself a hair mask and a mini facial–win-win.

Slough Off Dry Skin

Thanks to chilly winter weather, your skin may be feeling parched. Slough off dry patches, prevent ingrown hairs, boost circulation and fight cellulite with a coffee-infused body scrub. Pay extra attention to knees and elbows.

Contour To Fake Muscle Definition

If frightening flashbacks legs covered in foundation stripes come to mind, allow us to clarify. Giving your legs a faux tan will instantly make them look leaner and more toned. Use a mist for easy application and blend with a mitt for a streak-free wash of color. For added muscle tone, go in for a second layer on the areas that need some definition (sides of calves, inner thighs, etc.).

Hide Imperfections

Speaking of body makeup, this spray is a godsend. If age spots, stretch marks, bruises or varicose veins are bothering you, you can hide them with makeup. This aerosol bottle dispenses a full-coverage formula that makes your stems look flawless—and imparts a golden glow. And no, it won't smudge on your clothes.

Roll Away Cellulite

Cellulite is underlying fat deposits caused by lack of muscle tone and poor circulation. Women of every age and weight can have cellulite, and reducing it requires more than just working out. By gliding your body over a foam roller, you increase circulation, diminishing bumps and dimples.

Wear Leg-Elongating Pumps

A pointy pump in your skin tone is the easiest way to give your legs an instant lift. The heel will keep your legs flexed and looking toned, and the pointed front gives the illusion of longer stems. Stay away from ankle straps.

Originally published February 2018