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How to improve skin on legs. Includes photo.

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mrsgpig Tue 30-Jun-15 16:00:51

I have horrible skin on my lower legs. They looked like plucked chickens. They are completely at odds with the rest of me which is naturally lightly tanned and smooth.

I have never used fake tan and don't think I will but does anyone know of any products that might improve the skin?

I use the same body lotion on my legs as the rest of me but it obviously isn't up to the job.

I was looking at the Nip + Fab range on special offer in Boots but haven't any experience of the brand

Any recommendations?

blondiebonce Tue 30-Jun-15 16:03:04

I'm the same! No advice just following for handy pointers grin

thehumanjam Tue 30-Jun-15 16:04:08

Mine went like this after my first pregnancy. No idea why they were lovely and smooth before.

mrsgpig Tue 30-Jun-15 16:17:16

I'm going to start by going bare legged more this summer. I usually wear cropped trousers but I'm definitely going to wear dresses and skirts more and I've got shorts for wearing in the garden.

CheersMedea Tue 30-Jun-15 17:00:28

Try good exfoliation - I don't mean with a scrub but with either a dry skin brush (upward strokes) and/or a solid pumice stone.

Then I'd have a go with Dove golden glow or whatever it's called. It's a body lotion with a tiny weeny bit of fake tan in.

AMcoffeeLover Tue 30-Jun-15 17:42:35

Dry skin brush and leave them bare. I think being out of Jeans, in the air and sun has made the most difference to my (horrendous) skin

burnishedsilver Tue 30-Jun-15 17:47:09

I cant see the picture clearly but try search google images for pilaris keratosis on legs to see if it looks like the same thing. If it is, some kind of toner containing salicylic acid and a moisturiser with urea (like a heal balm) should help.

ShuShuFontana Tue 30-Jun-15 17:53:46

you have to exfoliate and moisturise....mine go a bit like this in the winter, plus that super shiny white that will never tan.

I use a variety of scrubbys, depending on what is lurking in the shower caddy...brush, shower scrubby, loofah, stringy thing and then slather on something moisturising, do this every day and you will notice an improvement within a couple of weeks.

Also means if you get your legs out on a sunny day they will tan as it's nice fresh skin and not scaley and dragony. dragon

mrsgpig Tue 30-Jun-15 17:54:38

I'm not sure if it is KP. It looks a bit like it but I had that on my upper arms years ago and it was quite bumpy to the touch. My legs look very spotty but for the most part feel quite smooth. It's like each hair follicle/pore (not sure which) is red.

Does that sound like KP?

mrsgpig Tue 30-Jun-15 17:55:57

grin at ShuShu - that describes them exactly, scaly and dragony.

CheersMedea Wed 01-Jul-15 15:08:03

How scaley?

Could be mild ichthyosis?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichthyosis

CheersMedea Wed 01-Jul-15 15:08:53

Photo of ichthyosis vuglaris - mild version.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichthyosis_vulgaris#/media/File:2012_April_mosaic_lines_left_calf.jpg

Wagglebee Wed 01-Jul-15 15:22:37

Is it where you shave? I have that but only on my lower front legs. It's like the pores where I shave are really visible and red.

It's not KP as it's smooth and the red dots are like pin prick holes.

No answers as I'm as baffled as you. I exfoliate and moisturise lots but it stays the same.

Wagglebee Wed 01-Jul-15 15:23:29

Mine isn't scaly though.

Alansbiggestfan Wed 01-Jul-15 15:25:25

Mine are like that and so are my mums, guessing it's hereditary.

iliketea Wed 01-Jul-15 15:28:24

I've started using St tropez in showe gradual tan.. I've found my legs are much smoother than usual and I've got a nice glow for on the rare occasions my legs are out. It's bloody marvellous, no obvious streaks, although you do have to stand in the shower cold for 3 minutes before you rinse..

mrsgpig Thu 30-Jul-15 18:50:50

Just a quick update. I started using this Nip & Fab cream a few weeks ago. There is definitely an improvement in the appearance of my legs.

The dots aren't gone but the skin is lovely and smooth and a more even colour. I'll see if I can do a photo later.

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