EVER wondered why your legs can look like they have dark spots all over them after shaving?
Turns out it’s a thing and it’s called strawberry legs, with one skincare expert revealing on TikTok exactly why they occur and how you can get rid of them.
Strawberry legs is essentially where the hair follicles on your legs become visible after shaving, but if you switch up your post-shaving routine then you can prevent the spots from occurring to keep your legs looking smooth and polished.
TikTok account REN Clean Skincare shared a video filmed by one expert, who revealed the secret to ensuring strawberry legs is a thing of the past.
Sharing a picture of what strawberry legs looks like, they say: “Do your legs look like this after shaving? This is called strawberry legs and I’m going to show you two ways on how to fix it.”
The skincare expert explained that while the condition can be genetic, it usually occurs from a build-up of keratin or bacteria on the skin.
“While it can be genetic, strawberry legs can help from a build up of keratin or bacteria, resulting in visible hair follicles,” they explain.
“Chemical and physical exfoliation are the best, most-effective and non-invasive options to reduce the look of strawberry legs.”
Sharing how to keep strawberry legs at bay, they advised investing in a physical exfoliant like a body scrubs as it “helps to slough off dead skin cells and reveal fresher skin”.
What is strawberry legs and how do you get it?
The term ‘strawberry legs’ is used to describe dark sports on your legs that resemble small black dots and creates a dotted or pitted appearance on the skin that looks like the outside of a strawberry.
Healthline reports that the appearance of strawberry legs is due to hair follicles or enlarged pores that contain trapped oil, bacteria and dead skin.
Shaving exposes the hair follicle or clogged pore and air reacts with the oil build-up, oxidising it and turning it dark in colour.
How can I treat strawberry legs?
- Use a moisturising shaving cream – It’s recommended to use a moisturising shaving cream when shaving and to shave in the direction of hair growth.
- Moisturise daily – it helps to replace lost moisture in the skin and improve its appearance.
- Exfoliate regularly – exfoliating helps to remove dead skin and prevent ingrown hairs.
Not only is it nourishing for the skin, but they claim such a scrub allows you to exfoliate without any added irritation.
Another method is to use chemical exfoliation, with the expert noting the AHA body serum that comes with lactic acid and shea butter.
It helps to “declog, while also softening and nourishing the skin”.
The expert adds: “For the most-effective treatment use the body scrub first and follow with the AHA body serum.”
If done so regularly and consistently, the appearance of strawberry legs will be massively reduced.
They claim: “With consistent use expect to see some visible results in as little as two weeks.”
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