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Get a leg up for summer

Summer is finally in full swing, so if you’ve been hiding your gorgeous gams underneath long skirts and skinny jeans all season, it’s time to do something about it. Flaunt what your mama gave ya and prep your pins for the warmer weather with these expert tips.

LaLicious Sugar Soufflé Scrub, $34.00 at lalicious.comExfoliate first

Prior to waxing or shaving, it's of utmost importance to exfoliate your legs. While this is no new tip, it is tried and true, notes YouTube fashion and beauty guru Holly Ann-AeRee. "You’re not only showing off more skin during the summer, but you're also wanting that healthy glow. And nothing makes your skin look better than taking care of it!" So slough away those dead skin cells, and let your legs shine.

LaLicious Sugar Souffle Scrub, $34 at lalicious.com

Gillette Venus & Olay razor, $11.99 at drugstore.comInvest in a good razor or wax

When it comes to choosing a razor or wax, it's okay to splurge, notes Sarah Dakar, in-house beauty director of celeb-coveted beauty brand Sonya Dakar Skincare. "Make sure you aren't using a product that has been sitting in your cupboard for a year, and with wax, check for expiration dates," she warns. "Your razor should be used a max of three times before tossing it. Otherwise, prepare for razor burn."

Gillette Venus & Olay razor, $12 at drugstore.com

Aubrey Crème de la Shave, $5.99 at aubrey-organics.comShave the right way

Shave during a warm shower, when the hair is nice and soft, advises Melissa Cavanaugh, owner and co-founder of Pulse Laser & Skincare Center in New York City. “Make sure your razor is fresh, and that the area has been prepped with a shaving cream or shaving oil first. If your legs have extra-coarse hair or are prone to ingrown hairs, shaving with the growth of the hair can often be helpful." After you're done shaving, Melissa recommends using a gentle astringent to keep the area clean and free of bacteria.

Aubrey Creme de la Shave, $6 at aubrey-organics.com

Aloe gelAnd at the right time of day

A little-known secret is that the time of day you choose to remove hair is essential, says Sarah. When shaving your legs, it's best to opt for an evening or nighttime removal. "Our skin swells overnight, so an a.m. shave is not going to get nearly as close as it would at night. Pick a time when you won't have to rush as well. Because whether you're waxing or shaving, you'll want to take your time in order to prevent any cuts or irritation."

First Aid Beauty Aloe Plus Soothing Gel, $20 at sephora.com

Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Shower Power Hair Removal Cream, $10.19 at drugstore.comTry a hair removal cream

Hate shaving? Try a pain-free hair removal cream that actually smells yummy instead! Nair's Brazilian Spa Clay for legs and body removes hair while you shower using Nair Shower Power technology. Simply smooth on your legs before you hop in the shower and step out with silky smooth skin that stays hair-free for days longer than shaving. You can't beat that, now can you?

Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Shower Power Hair Removal Cream, $10 at drugstore.com

Pure Fitness 5lb Dumbbell, $6.99 at sportsauthority.comDo some squats

To make your legs (and buttocks) toned and tight for those short summer skirts and shorts, beauty and lifestyle expert and licensed medical aesthetician Kelley West recommends doing 40 to 50 squats a day while holding a five-pound weight.

Pure Fitness 5 lb Dumbbell, $7 at sportsauthority.com

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Comments on "6 Tips for smooth and sexy legs"

Jenifer July 11, 2012 | 10:19 AM

I even realized how important choosing the right razor for shaving. For years I would always use the cheap ones until I final bought a nice one. It really does make all the difference!

Emma July 03, 2012 | 1:29 PM

These are great tips for putting your best leg forward in hair removal! I even love the added tip of squats to make your legs look their best and fit. I think as with most beauty regimens it is about the products you use! It is important to use the right gels or creams and razors!

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