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You can slather on all the lotion you like, but to get your legs super soft, you’ll need to exfoliate once or twice a week, too. We like Skinfix Glycolic Renewing Scrub, a peel-scrub combo that goes on right before you shower. Rub it over dry skin—it’s got both physical exfoliants (like bamboo) and chemical ones (alpha and beta hydroxy acids)—then turn on the water and hop in to rinse.
Buy it! Skinfix Glycolic Renewing Scrub, $30; sephora.com
Hair removal is a chore, but here are two ways to make it a little more pleasant. The Gillette Vera Bradley & Venus Collection Extra Smooth Razor has five blades that leave legs sleek and nick-free, plus a cheery, couldn’t-be-cuter pattern. If you’d rather not shave, Nair Leg Mask Brighten & Smooth is a multitasking treatment that you slather on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse. Clay and charcoal moisturize skin while the formula removes hair and minimizes regrowth.
Buy it! Vera Bradley + Venus Designer Women's Razor Handle, $13; target.com
Buy it! Nair Leg Mask Brighten & Smooth, $9; target.com
In the dog days of summer, thick, greasy creams feel about as comfortable as a wool sweater. For complete hydration without heaviness, Dove Whipped Body Cream has a soufflé-like texture that feels light, not stifling, on skin.
Buy it! Dove Whipped Body Cream, $8; walmart.com
If immediate gratification is your thing, go for St. Tropez Self Tan Whipped Marshmallow Bronzing Mousse. The airy formula delivers rich color that develops in just a few hours. For a subtle, streak-free bronze that builds up over a week, apply Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer Plus Firming to just-showered, still-wet skin and pat dry.
Buy it! St. Tropez Self Tan Whipped Marshmallow Bronzing Mousse, $42; amazon.com
Buy it! Jergens Natural Glow + Firming Body Moisturizer, $8; amazon.com
If getting tan isn’t really your thing, tinted body highlighters are where it’s at. Look for a shimmery champagne liquid like Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions in Rio Sunset and spread it over your legs for a sexy sheen that looks great peeking out from under a sundress. It’s transfer-resistant, but towel off your hands after applying so you don’t end up with sparkles on your clothes.
Buy it! Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions in Rio Sunset, $35; amazon.com