Women

Spring’s here and it’s time to tone those pins to perfection. Try our expert’s tips

Defuzz & fake tan

Description: Start exfoliating a few days before to remove dry skin

Bronzalicious tanning clinic founder Melanie Corlins advises a lower-leg makeover after winter.

Wax: “Before spring hits, book into your local salon for a leg wax,” says Corlins. “Start exfoliating a few days before to remove dry skin – this will help make the experience more comfortable and also prevent any skin from being removed. If skin is super-dry, opt for an exfoliator that has AHAs (alpha hydroxyl acids) in it.”

Tan: One of the best quick fixes for making your legs look much better is fake tan. “it helps conceal cellulite, makes spider veins fade, and legs look slimmer and more toned. If you’re after a flawless finish and no fuss, let the professionals do it for you by way of a spray tan,” suggests Corlins. “The spray is light and fine and tends not to grabs those telltale areas like ankles and toes. Perfect Legs by St Tropez ($22.95) is a good do-it-yourself leg tanner for home.”

Jump rope

Description: Stretch out the calves briefly before repeating two or more times, gradually adding more sets

Trainer Heidi Lindahl says there’s nothing like jumping rope to sculpt calves, “A very efficient and cost-effective way of strengthening and toning the calf muscles is by adding a skipping routine to your exercise sessions. The calf muscles will be challenged jump after jump while your heart gets a great workout, too!”

Beginner: Skip as fast as possible for 30 seconds (or 50 counts) and then halve the pace for another 30 seconds. Stretch out the calves briefly before repeating two or more times, gradually adding more sets (or more jumps/time per set) over time.

Advanced: Skip rope with both feet for 30 seconds, continue on the left leg only for 15 seconds, then swap to the right leg for 15 seconds. Finish by alternating every two skips using a single leg only – i.e., two skips on left leg, two skips on right, two skips on left and so on. Rest one minute then repeat two or more times.

Dress to impress

Description: If you have thicker calves, avoid ballet flats and boots that finish at mid-calf

Stylist Aidrie Makim of Styled by Joolz says lovely lower legs are a matter of choosing the right clothing styles. Here are her top tips.

Less is more: Dresses, skirts or shorts with embroidery, frills or cuffs will add extra bulk to your lower body. Generally, wearing something tailored in a darker color that finishes on the knee is the most flattering style.

Watch your hemline: Skip any hemline that stops either above the knee or mid-calf – go for either just below the knee or ankle length. These are the two narrowest parts of your legs, and so that’s where you want to direct attention.

Shoe matters: If you have thicker calves, avoid ballet flats and boots that finish at mid-calf. Go for chunkier heeled shoes, such as the peep-toe wedge.

 

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