What Are Strawberry Legs and How Can You Get Rid of Them?
Leg Pores Irritated From Shaving?
If you observe a strawberry, you'll notice that its surface is dotted with small, seed-filled indentations that resemble the pores of irritated skin. After shaving, many of us notice unsightly dark pores on our legs that look similar. This condition is called "strawberry legs."
For many of us, this is a chronic issue, while for others, it comes and goes. Sometimes the pores are hardly noticeable, and other times, they are so conspicuous that we start feeling self-conscious about showing off our legs. Luckily, there are steps we can take to reduce the dark and irritated appearance of our pores.
In this article, we'll go over two ways to reduce the appearance of strawberry legs. One is more expensive and time-consuming but may be more effective. The other is simpler and cheaper but requires more effort on our part. Read on to find out which route is better suited to your needs.
2 Ways to Help Prevent Strawberry Legs
- The Waxing Method
- The Shaving Method
Method 1: Wax (Don't Shave)
The most common advice given to people looking to reduce the appearance of the pores on their legs is to stop shaving and start waxing. According to many, this is a fantastic way to get results. Of course, everyone is different, so what works for someone else may not work for you.
That said, if you have the time and the money, switching to waxing may work wonders for your legs. Try taking "before" pictures and then not shaving and only waxing for a month or two. See how your legs look after this trial period to gauge how viable a solution waxing might be for you in the long term.
For someone like me, however, it is not possible to go to the parlor every other week and waste an hour or so getting a wax, so I combed the internet to try to find an alternate solution. I found and tried many, but most of them were ineffective.
Once, however, when my cousin was visiting me, I noticed that she had unbelievably smooth legs under her skirt. I knew she shaved and didn't wax, so of course, I asked her what her secret was. Her answer proved to be the best solution ever (for me).
Method 2: Shave Differently
This is the method my cousin shared with me. I followed the steps below, and subsequently, the pores in my legs seemed to disappear. They were still there, of course, if you looked closely, but their appearance was drastically reduced.
This method definitely takes time and effort, but if you want smooth, even-toned legs, I would definitely recommend taking the time to go through all of the steps carefully each time you shave. If you shave frequently, that may also be part of the problem. When using this method, try to go at least a week between each shave.
Step 1: Soak
Soak your legs in warm water for at least three or four minutes to open your pores. The best way to do this is to take a warm bath or shower.
Step 2: Use a Loofah to Scrub Your Legs
You may also use a pumice stone, but considering that I have very sensitive skin, I always opt for a loofah. Squirt a bit of body wash on the loofah and scrub it in circles starting from the bottom of your legs. Spend considerable time scrubbing the areas that have the most visible pores. I usually do it until my skin turns slightly pinkish. Once you're done, wash off any remaining soap.
Step 3: Use a Razor That Is as Sharp and Clean as Possible
I know it is not possible to buy a new razor every time you shave, but buying high-quality razors and replacing them as frequently as possible really helps. I soak mine in boiling water to disinfect it before each use. This helps free the blades of bacteria that can cause irritation to hair follicles.
Step 4: Shave Along Your Hair Growth (With the Grain, So to Speak)
Shaving along (in the direction of) your hair growth can help prevent the hair from growing in unnatural directions. The one downside of doing this is that your leg hair will appear to regrow faster than it would if you shaved against the grain.
If you are determined to reduce the appearance of dark pores, however, you should definitely shave in the direction of your hair growth. This will also help prevent ingrown hairs to some extent.
Step 5: Loofah Again Gently
Once you've finished shaving, use the loofah again. To avoid irritation and rashes, it's important to do this carefully. Don’t apply too much pressure, and be firm but also very gentle.
Step 6: Lather Your Legs in Baby Oil
Once you've shaved and washed, it's important to moisturize your legs. This is the part you should never, ever skip. Generously apply Johnson’s baby oil (or similar) to your legs to give them a smooth, moisturized finish.
Notes About This Method
- Many people see a reduction in the appearance of their pores after using this method only once, while for others it may take a week or two to see results.
- While you should only shave once a week (or less frequently) while using this method, it's a good idea to lightly scrub your legs with a loofah every time you shower. This has helped me maintain the reduced appearance of my pores between shaves.
Dry brushing can also help reduce the appearance of strawberry legs. It always seems to do the trick for me. Buy a nice brush with natural bristles and brush in a circular motion on your legs, arms, or wherever you notice strawberry spots. I do this until my skin turns slightly pink and then take a bath. Afterward, I apply lotion, and my skin looks all fresh and pretty.
Do you always use a sharp razor?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2016 Priya Barua