Women can be divided into two distinct camps, those who count down the days until they can snuggle into a pair of 100 denier opaques (usually sometime around the August Bank Holiday weekend) and then there are those who cling to summer by avoiding the suffocation of hosiery for as long as possible. In fact, a PR I know managed to go tights-free until the first week of December, while a journalist friend managed to survive the whole winter without that extra layer. Impressive. I’m somewhere in-between, sure I like the free feeling of a bare leg as much as the next person, but I also hate the cold (I’m still really attached to my onesie and it’s almost April).
But the time has come to officially hang up our tights for another season—a recent study of over 1000 women by Censuswide found that a third of us will ditch our tights tomorrow, April 1. If you want to get incredibly regional about it, women in Southampton are most likely to go bare-legged, followed by Leeds then London. At the other end of the spectrum, women in Wales are least likely go naked from the knees down.
The thing is most of us are nowhere near ready to bare all, especially since most of our legs haven’t seen the light of day since mid-2015. And then there’s the small issue of hair removal. The same study found that, on average, two months and six days is the longest period women have gone without tackling the stubble (or should that be luscious, billowing hair?). If you’ve avoided a razor or a slick of tan for months keep scrolling for our edit of the best depilation and bronzing products, so you can confidently reveal your legs this weekend.
It's no secret that men's razors tend to do the job better than those marketed just for us. This one not only works, but it will look damn fine on the side of your bath.
Shaving foam is another one of those products that you like to hide away for aesthetic reasons, but this shaving serum from Aēsop is one we would proudly display in our bathroom. It will look lovely in front of those metro tiles we wish we had. Sigh.
Scaly skin doesn't look great unless you're a lizard. Clinique's Sparkle Skin is incredibly effective at sloughing dry patches into submission, and the addition of menthol leaves tired legs feeling revived.
Prone to shaving rash? Swap out your razor for this hair removal foam from Bliss. Simply spray onto legs, bikini line or underarms and leave to work. It takes less than 10 minutes to be hair-free.
Fake a tan in an instant with this wash off lotion that lasts 24 hours and is water resistant (read: April shower proof).
If you're already attached to a body lotion you use daily, rather than switch it for a fake tan, mix it with a couple of drops of this golden glow booster by Clarins. It turns any lotion into a gradual tan. (Tip: It's great mixed into after-sun on holiday).
Trust us when we say this is one of the easiest gradual tans we've ever used. Streak-free results every time and a resulting colour that doesn't look like it's from a bottle.
This clever cream breaks down trapped fluid in the legs, leaving them feeling lighter and looking more lithe. Caffeine gives your circulation a boost, and the lemon scent is nice and uplifting.
A multipurpose lotion for legs that smoothes skin. Shot through with golden shimmer, it softens the look of imperfections and leaves legs looking radiant.
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