Beauty tricks to blitz legs
1. Brush off cellulite
It's thought the hormone oestrogen is partly to blame for these dimpled fatty deposits, as well as lack of exercise and poor circulation.
2. Be a real slim shady
Well-applied fake tan is a tried-and-tested trick any celeb worth their salt uses to slim their legs and hide orange-peel skin.
Always remember to exfoliate before application for a smoother more natural finish, and moisturise daily with a body lotion to prolong your tan.
3. Have a close shave
Waxing is all very well, but most beauty experts agree the easiest and cheapest way to keep legs fuzz-free on a daily basis in summer is with a razor.
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Shave downwards in the direction the hair grows, then upwards for a close finish.
Prevent ingrowing hairs by massaging with a dry flannel or exfoliating cloth daily.
4. Food for firmer legs
A high salt diet is known to fluid retention, which can around your ankle in a most fashion. So ditch sodium-rich foods such as crisps, ready meals and Chinese
Always check the label if you're not sure.
5. Eat away those bumps
Oily fish such as salmon, fresh tuna and mackerel are your secret weapon when it comes to smoother more shapely thighs. They're packed with omega-3 fats, which help the body shift flab while maintaining muscle tone and smooth healthy skin.
6. Oats so simple
Tucking into oats in the form of porridge or cereal such as Oatibix each morning can help beat the bloat and improve the appearance of flabby legs.
This is because they're packed with soluble fibre, which helps boosts digestion and encourages the body to eliminate excess fluid.
7. Get your greens
Spinach, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables may help beat cellulite.
Studies have found that the nutrients they contain can increase the strength and flexibility of the network of fat cells in the thigh area, improving the looks of dimples and lumps.
8. Limb-honing exercise moves
Squat for slimmer thighs
Even if you're slim everywhere else, if you don't work out to tone up, your thighs will end up carrying excess flab. To beat this try these ball squats everyday: 1. Place a full water bottle or medicine ball on
the floor with feet wide apart. 2. Bend down and pick up bottle up. 3. Bend again, place bottle on floor and stand.
Repeat 15 times, for three sets.
9. Skip for better shape
Exercise is the best way to add some muscle definition to straight up-and-down legs. Skipping with a rope for 10 minutes every other day is a great way to create some attractive curves.
10. Cycle away saddlebags
Ironically, one of the best ways to banish saddlebags is to jump into the saddle and start pedalling. Whether it's outdoors or on an exercise bike, cycling three times a week for 30 minutes will burn off fat and help reshape this hardto-reach part of the legs.
11. Banish those wobbly leg tops
The best tactic to beat the dreaded thigh wobble is the lunge. Simply stand with your feet hip-width apart and then slide your left leg behind you until the knee is directly under your hip. Sink your front knee down towards the floor, keeping your other knee behind the toe.
Straighten up and repeat three sets of 12-15 repetitions, three days a week.
12. Get high and waisted
Hipster skirts or trousers actually make legs look shorter. While skirts or shorts that sit high on your waist will make your legs look longer and your bottom trimmer.
13. Be well-heeled
Yes, it's obvious, heels make legs look longer and slimmer - but not just any heel will do. Strappy sandals visually cut the leg at the ankle and make it look shorter.
Go for shoes that you slip your feet into, with no ankle straps, because they can visually elongate the legs.
14. Raise your hemline
If you don't love your legs it can be tempting to hide them under calf-length skirts or shorts. But cuts that end on the widest part of your calf actually make your legs look thicker and more stumpy.
Hemlines that end an inch or two above the knee, on the other hand, create the illusion of longer, slimmer legs without flashing too much thigh.
15. Choose neutral shoes
To make your legs look as if they go on forever, choose shoes in a neutral colour that's similar to your natural skin tone. For example, try pearl, beige, tan and brown or metallics such as bronze, copper, gold or silver.