Now that the weather is warming up, our legs can no longer hide behind our go-to leather skinnies, textured tights and boyfriend jeans. In other words, it’s time to get reacquainted with our razors. To help ease the transition, we caught up with Alexis Wolfer, founder of The Beauty Bean and author of The Recipe for Radiance: Discover Beauty’s Best Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen and asked her to share a DIY beauty recipe that would give us silky legs à la Giselle and Alessandria. Her secret ingredient? Hint: you probably drink a cup of it every morning. Click through the slideshow above for a DIY leg scrub that will soften, smooth and even temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Skirt season, commence!
Photo courtesy of Thanassis Krikis for L’Officiel Paris
1/2 cup caffeinated coffee grounds
1/4 cup wheat germ oil
According to Wolfer, the caffeine in coffee grounds does two things: First, it helps temporarily increase blood flow to the skin’s surface, which plumps up dimples. Second, it flushes out the water in your skin’s connective tissue, which deflates and smoothes out lumpiness. And why wheat germ oil? She says it’s full of vitamin E to help promote healing deep beneath your skin’s surface and give it a big does of moisture.
Mix the coffee grounds and wheat germ oil together to form a thick paste.
Stand in your shower or bath to reduce any post-scrub cleanup. Apply the mixture to your legs and any problem areas.
Cover your leg tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes—this will allow the caffeine and wheat germ oil to sink in and tighten your skin.
Remove the plastic wrap and vigorously rub the mixture in using upward, circular motions for at least 5 minutes. “This not only further increases circulation, but also scrubs away the dead, dull and dry skin cells,” says Wolfer. “Your legs will feel softer, smoother and sexier…instantly!”
Rinse the mixture off using warm water. Apply your favorite body lotion to seal in moisture. Since the results of this scrub are temporary, Wolfer recommends repeating this routine daily for best results.
How do you get soft, smooth summer-ready legs? Any DIY beauty solutions you swear by? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments!