It takes real work getting ready for bare-leg weather. Though it seems like spring is a lifetime away, warmer weather really is just around the corner, and now is the best time to get those legs looking their best. So don’t waste time! There is so much you can do now!
Here are five things you can do during the cold winter months to get your legs ready by the time the sun shines in April.
1) Eat the Right Foods.
You hear it all the time, but it is true. Eat well = look well. Our skin is the largest organ – it needs the right nutrients to look and function at its best. Vitamins A, B3, C, E and K are the ones needed to improve skin health. The Mediterranean Diet (which is high in fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts, bread and olive oil) provides these essential vitamins.
2) Get Plenty of Exercise.
It’s no secret that exercise is healthy for the body’s internal organs. But not much emphasis is put on how exercise benefits the skin. Exercise increases blood flow, thereby nourishing skin cells and keeping them vital. In this process, blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body – which includes the skin.
3) Re-Hydrate Every Night With a Good Moisturizer.
Our skin takes a lot of abuse. Think of all the pollution, rough weather and general stress our skin endures on a daily basis. As a result of all this, our skin tends to dry up, implying a deficiency in nutrients. To combat this, it’s best to hydrate your legs each and every night with a dermatologist-recommended lotion. The most effective lotions not only moisturize the skin, they also condition and repair it too.
4) Limit Exposure to Sunlight.
Sun damages the skin. Yes, tanned skin looks fantastic and appealing, but not everyone can benefit from exposure to the sun. In fact, sunlight can be harmful to most people’s skin, often causing cancer. This is true even in the winter months, with cooler temperatures and sporadic sunlight. For those with fairer skin, it’s best to limit sunlight altogether – yes, even in winter. But, say, on a nice-weather day, a fair-skinned person wants to wear shorts or a skirt; he or she should still wear sunscreen to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays.
5) If Needed, Get a Treatment for Those Unsightly Varicose Veins.
It is easy to hide varicose veins in the winter with long pants and staying indoors. However, when spring comes, people want to show off their legs a bit. This is why winter is the perfect time to get treatment to eradicate varicose veins: the winter months allow a person some time to heal from a treatment.
Breaking It Down!
There really is a simple and effective way to prepare your legs for spring. It requires changes in one’s daily habits and approaches to health, and it depends on being mindful of the effects daily life has on your overall health. Winter doesn’t have to be a dormant season; instead, it can be a season of preparation. It will take a little work, but it always pays off in the end. Bare-leg season is just a few weeks away! Take advantage of the time you have now to get your legs looking the best in time for spring.