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I have shiny calves.

(33 Posts)
RecursiveMoon Mon 28-May-12 06:53:41

They're so shiny! Almost like a mirror sometimes grin.

When they're not shiny, they're dry confused.

I wonder whether shaving causes / contributes to this? At the moment, I apply Bio-Oil ~1x / day.

Do I need to exfoliate?

Dollydowser Mon 28-May-12 08:51:24

Moisturising from the inside may help. Drink plenty of water and take an omega 3 supplement.

dexter73 Mon 28-May-12 09:37:53

I would imagine it is the oil. If your legs are very dry then the oil is just sitting on the surface shining away. Maybe a moisturiser like Vaseline intensive care would be better.

Trills Mon 28-May-12 09:41:25

Is it bad to have shiny calves?

RecursiveMoon Mon 28-May-12 12:59:53

Okay, I will try to drink more as I should anyway! They were shiny before I started using Bio-Oil.

Trills, they're not glowing alluringly, they're reflecting alarmingly grin.

HandMadeTail Mon 28-May-12 13:02:15

So do I!

I can't help, but maybe we can have a support thread for people with shiny calves?

grin

higgle Mon 28-May-12 13:04:05

Me too I'm thinking body brushing might help and maybe washing with aqueous cream and generally slathering moisturising stuff on.

typicalvirgo Mon 28-May-12 13:06:02

Calves ?

I have shiny shins... I got all excited as I read this as shiny shins <can't join your support thread now>

RecursiveMoon Mon 28-May-12 13:07:49

Oh, I meant shins! My calves are fine. Oops blush.

Trills Mon 28-May-12 13:07:55

Aren't shins just "the front bit of your calf"?

RecursiveMoon Mon 28-May-12 13:08:48

Just to clarify higgle and HandMadeTail, are your calves or shins shiny?

Oh my.

HandMadeTail Mon 28-May-12 13:10:26

Oh yes, shiny shins here, too.

HandMadeTail Mon 28-May-12 13:11:42

And not shiny calves (at the back, I mean).

typicalvirgo Mon 28-May-12 13:12:31

Yay shiny shins grin

I thought shiney calves seemed a bit, well... odd

No hair grows on my mirrors legs so shaving doesn't cause this for me.

RecursiveMoon Mon 28-May-12 13:12:57

Excellent, by my reckoning there are 3 of us, and higgle is a maybe.

Now we just need someone who used to have shiny calves then solved the issue...

HandMadeTail Mon 28-May-12 13:15:05

In the meantime, we can hold each others hands, and give each other unmumsnetty <<<hugzz>>>

RecursiveMoon Mon 28-May-12 13:17:58

<hugzzzz> smile

I'm wearing leggings today, and thus saving civilisation from the wonder of my shiny shins.

ReshapeWhileDamp Mon 28-May-12 13:20:34

What's wrong with shiny shins? confused If you shave your legs, you're going to have shiny skin, I reckon. Especially if you moisturise after shaving to avoid the dry flakey look.

Tch, sometimes you can't win... <mutters>

Trills Mon 28-May-12 13:26:16

I asked this too - what is wrong with having shiny shins?

I think it's like "cankles", just something that someone made up so we have more things to feel bad about.

HandMadeTail Mon 28-May-12 13:26:56

Reshape, I think it's really nasty of you to come on to what should be a safe thread for people with shiny shins, and make unhelpful comments.

Recursive is wearing leggings, and I have resorted to cropped jeans on this lovely sunny day.

Have you no empathy?

Trills Mon 28-May-12 13:27:37

Wear your shiny shins with pride, people!

ReshapeWhileDamp Mon 28-May-12 13:32:50

But Handmade, I have shiny shins myself! confused

and I thought I'd found a home here... <sobs>

But you need to sod 'em. Wear your shiny shins with pride! Mine are currently confusing the neighbour's cat as they reflect a spot of light onto the ceiling.

HandMadeTail Mon 28-May-12 13:37:44

Oh, Reshape, how could I be so insensitive?

Welcome to our support thread for people with this bizarre affliction! smile

And Trills, thank you for you kind words of support. thanks

RecursiveMoon Mon 28-May-12 13:45:09

I am a bit hot now that you so kindly mention it HandMade <fans self>.

Nagoo Mon 28-May-12 14:33:30

I thought shiny shins were aspirational?

My shins are shiny. I quite like it. smile

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