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How to hide the 'corned beef' look on legs in summer?!

(33 Posts)
Snugglepalace Sun 16-Apr-17 13:51:15

My legs are my best feature but I never get them out in the summer because I hate the pasty/corned beef look of my skin!
I've tried so many different fake tans but no matter how much prep I do (exfoliation, moisturiser etc) I always end up with streaks or darker patches.
So I'm thinking of alternatives - wash off fake tan?
Or very low denier, tan coloured tights (is this a real no no?)
Any advice?

JustCallMeKate Sun 16-Apr-17 13:58:03

After trying every tan on the bloody market I was recommended this. It doesn't smell like biscuits (as per normal fake tan), doesn't streak and is easy to apply. It doesn't look orange either but needs a couple of applications if you want a darker colour.

youllneverknow Sun 16-Apr-17 13:58:17

I really like the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. It washes off and I find it easy to get a natural looking glow without the streaks. I have really white legs and would never get them out without applying this first!

thedevilinablackdress Sun 16-Apr-17 14:06:01

Oh the years I agonised over this. Fake tan too much of faff for all the reasons you mention and who wants to wear tights if it's actually warm. So mainly I a)wear longer skirts or light trousers and/or b)stop giving a shit what they look like. b is still a work in progress but very liberating

Eatingcheeseontoast Sun 16-Apr-17 14:10:19

I just wear tights. I live in the north and need to cover those legs up or I'll be cold as well as corn beefed.

BusterGonad Sun 16-Apr-17 15:34:22

I either wear natural tan tights or Rimmel wash off tan.

ImSexyAndIKnowIt Sun 16-Apr-17 15:35:58

Sally Hansen is the best. I use it every summer.

Snugglepalace Sun 16-Apr-17 16:13:24

I'll look into the suggestions, thanks. It doesn't help that my friend, who I often go dog walking with has lovely olive skin, one lick of sunshine and she is a gorgeous tan all summer long confused

thedevilinablackdress Sun 16-Apr-17 16:48:41

As the saying goes 'comparison is the thief of joy'. Use some nice body moisturiser, wear something you like and enjoy your walks with your friend.

LindyHemming Sun 16-Apr-17 16:53:47

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DubiousCredentials Sun 16-Apr-17 16:54:08

I wear leggings or trousers grin

happydays2017 Sun 16-Apr-17 16:58:38

Mine were terrible and I was told that it would disappear once I had been pregnant.... it did!!!

pandorawithtreaclecolouredhair Sun 16-Apr-17 20:32:04

this works perfect legs skin miracle is very good.
And following a recommendation on here, I plan to try the Clarins self-tanner drops which you add to your usual moisturiser for a healthy glow.

Nicketynac Sun 16-Apr-17 20:59:51

I have just bought palmers anti-aging smoothing lotion. Only got it yesterday but am hoping it makes a difference to my bumpy looking legs although I will still need fake tan on top. I like the gradual ones but haven't got a favourite, just whatever is on offer.

CointreauVersial Sun 16-Apr-17 21:17:08

I use body lotion with the fake tan added - Nivea, Johnson's and Garnier all do them. I find this avoids the streaky look, and it's easy to reapply each day.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is great for a quick blast of brown, but it comes off on towels.

At work I definitely lean towards trousers at this time of year, when it's not quite warm enough for legs out, but black opaques look too wintery.

Etymology23 Sun 16-Apr-17 21:19:56

I quite like M and S fake tan. Safer than a sun tan too!

(I also wear thin tights through spring and autumn, e.g. Plimsolls, socks, tights underneath... with a skirt or dress. I am also sometimes a bit odd though...)

ImSexyAndIKnowIt Sun 16-Apr-17 21:22:52

euphemia I buy the lotion version.

Pawpainting Sun 16-Apr-17 21:29:39

Cetaphil moisturising cream is brilliant for getting rid of the bumps. I used to use Sally Hansen and that is good too for evening out skin tone and adding a bit of colour

Snugglepalace Sun 16-Apr-17 21:39:20

I might try a gradual tan see if I get more luck with those. I shave my legs and find all fake tan seems to collect in the holes where the hairs grow from so I have little brown dots over my legs. Am I the only one who gets this?

ChocolateSherberts2017 Sun 16-Apr-17 22:10:34

Try waxing and regularly exfoliating instead of shaving. It sounds like you've got lots of ingrown hairs and layers of dead skin causing the little bumps over the follicles. I have similar and have been to the salon to get a proper wax. I can't get to the back properly when I home wax & remember to use loofah mitts and a body scrub. Keep sloughing away at the dead skin each time you shower.

Sweets101 Sun 16-Apr-17 22:17:08

I'm like you OP, dotty legs and fake tan just makes it worse.
I read on here someone who said they get their legs out from Easter, by summer they are tanned.
I always get a tan line from bottom of leggings to top of shoes so, I'm following suit this year. My pasty legs are out, i live in hope they will be things of beauty by August.
Although it seems to be only my knees and ankles tan, so i might still end up looking like i have dodgy tan on. No streaks though!

Wreckingball25 Sun 16-Apr-17 22:20:00

Another vote for Sally Hansen here! Pale legs so I go for the light version, it's brilliant stuff.

Judydreamsofhorses Sun 16-Apr-17 22:28:26

My legs aren't blotchy and do tan, but I am super hairy and can be stubbly by teatime (waxing lasts about four days, so not worth the hairy run-up) so I can feel self-conscious. My solution is nude fishnets if I am doing a whole day "bare-legged". I generally wear midi-length dresses.

CMOTDibbler Sun 16-Apr-17 22:45:22

I use the Sally Hansen - just spray onto a fake tan mitt and apply. Fake tan is always streaky for me and I don't tan very much at all - unlike dh and ds who both become bronzed looking at the sun

BusterGonad Mon 17-Apr-17 07:04:17

I also get the dots smuggle even if I wait 24h to fake tan! angry I just use wash if tan now as it didn't go dotty and I can control what I'm doing. Rimmel is my fav but I've not tried Sally Hanson.

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