Summertime is around the corner which means it's almost time to break out the shorts, skirts and dresses.
I usually love dressing up for warmer weather, but I don't really enjoy having to shave my legs often.
Sure, I can just get it out of the way while I'm taking a shower, but it stills takes up more time that I would really like to spare. Plus, there are so many tips to follow if I want to avoid irritation, ingrown hairs, and what is commonly referred to as "strawberry legs."
Medically known as comedones, it refers to the tiny, dark pores form on your legs after shaving. They resemble the skin of a strawberry hence why they're named after the fruit.
Many women, myself included, experience this phenomenon from time to time. Although it's not always visible, there are occasions when they're so conspicuous that they make you self-conscious.
The condition occurs when the pores or hair follicles that contain bacteria, dead skin or oil become enlarged. After shaving, the hairs that still remain in the follicles become trapped, and this blockage makes the immune system think that there's "foreign matter" in the skin. White blood cells are then released, which leads to inflammation and the small bumps.
Additionally, when exposed to air these follicles with ingrown hairs become oxidized and turn darker.
Acne, folliculitis, and dry skin can also contribute to the occurrence of strawberry legs.
I actually started getting my legs waxed at the salon to stop these bumps from forming, but not only did that take up even more time, it started to become costly.
I came across a couple of solutions after hours of combing through the internet, and they have all been effective in clearing up my skin.
If you've been struggling with the same condition, these homemade remedies could be just what you need this summer.
Using a sharp and clean razor, shaving along the hair's growth direction, and moisturizing after a shave are all things you can do to prevent strawberry legs.
Still, sometimes these annoying little bumps will still crop up, so it's nice to have a few solutions handy for when you need to make them disappear.
Here are three home remedies:
1. Buttermilk and sea salt
Combine two tablespoons of buttermilk with a teaspoon of sea salt and apply the paste to your legs for at least five minutes.
The lactic acid content and astringent properties of the buttermilk tightens your pores and lightens the bumps, while the coarse sea salt exfoliate the skin.
2. Baking soda
Baking soda has dozens of uses in the kitchen and around the house, but now you can add strawberry leg remedy to the list. Sodium bicarbonate will not only reduce inflammation of the hair follicle, it will also gently exfoliate the skin.
Make a paste using water and apply it to the skin for a few minutes. Gently massage it onto the affected area before rinsing it off. Pat dry and don't forget to moisturize.
3. Aloe vera, brown sugar, and lemon
All you need is two tablespoons of aloe vera, two tablespoons of brown sugar and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix them until combined then spread it on your legs with a wet towel in a circular motion. Keep it up for five minutes, then wash it off with warm water and moisturize.
The anti-inflammatory properties in aloe vera will reduce the size of the pores, the brown sugar will exfoliate, and the lemon juice will lighten and tighten them.
There remedies will unclog your pores and trick your body into believing that the "foreign matter" has left so it can stop producing white blood cells.
Things to note:
You don't have to do this everyday, but a couple of times a week should be enough to clear up the bumps.
Even if you no longer have strawberry legs, make sure to exfoliate your legs at least three days before shaving. If you're not shaving in the shower, soak your legs in warm then use a loofah to gently scrub them, and apply some coconut or olive oil before you begin.
After shaving, use cold water to rinse all the hair and impurities off, then finish off with a natural moisturizer, preferably olive oil.
Do you experience strawberry legs? Is there anything you do that makes it go away?