Spring Skincare Regimen
Skin is dry and often pale from being hidden away and covered up more during the winter months, so I recommend exfoliating at least 3 times a week. This is a great, easy at-home treatment that you can even do in the morning before showering. All you need for your scrub is a few ingredients from the kitchen.
Step 1: Simply mix together a little honey or olive oil, oats, brown sugar or rough sea salt.
Step 2: Put the exfoliating scrub into the palms of your hands and gently massage into the skin on the leg area for a few minutes.
Step 3: Whilst rinsing off the scrub, continue to massage and exfoliate the skin under the water for another few minutes.
Step 4: Now your legs are prepped for the hair removal part of your routine. The Venus ProSkin MoistureRich razor is great if your skin is feeling particularly dry. It has three blades with built-in MoistureRich Gel Bars which release avocado, olive and kokum butters for added glide, giving a great feeling with every smooth stroke. Gently glide the razor over the leg area, following the contours of your legs.
Step 5: Next, massage your skin gently using a soft buffing and massage mitt. This will also help to keep skin firm and smooth. If your skin is a little dewy from bathing, apply cream on top as this will help retain your skin’s moisture levels and leave it feeling soft and velvety smooth. When massaging always remember to work naturally around the body contours to give skin that plump, fresh look.
Step 6: Finish with an illuminating product that will give skin an added radiance and glow.
Nichola’s Top Celebrity Tip: Use a slather of almond oil or olive oil – these oils are both amazing at moisturising the skin. Do for 5/6 minutes every day to make sure skin is always hydrated. This is a celebrity favourite - Heidi Klum is a massive fan as she can use olive oil wherever she is.
Summer Skincare Regimen
As the weather gets warmer and you are exposing bare legs a little more you can slightly change your regimen. This skincare regimen is great for those with sensitive skin as the exfoliating scrub uses ingredients that are designed to soothe the skin.
Step 1: Simply mix together a little honey, olive oil and oats.
Step 2: Apply mixture to the palms of your hands and gently massage into your legs. My top tip is to apply using a circular motion, moving upwards towards the heart to increase circulation of blood.
Step 3: Apply a generous layer of moisturising shave gel or foam. Use an oil-based shaving gel as opposed to soap as it can dry out the skin. Satin Care Pure & Delicate is great for sensitive, dry skin and helps you to get a silky smooth finish. Use a razor that has been especially designed for sensitive skin like Venus ProSkin Sensitive razor. It has a protective Ribbon of Moisture with an extra rich formula for an even smoother glide. Once you’ve shaved, dry off and moisturise legs.
Step 4: If you’re looking to add a little colour to your legs, you can add a tanning element to your routine. Apply a small amount of self tanning cream onto a mitt and gently buff and blend onto skin using firm, upward strokes. Remember your body is contoured and therefore it makes sense to work around the natural countours of your body, working into areas that would naturally catch the sun. For best results, do this at least two hours after shaving.
Step 5: If using a self tanner, make sure you do not moisturise with oil as this lifts the tan off the skin, I would recommend a good body butter lotion to provide a perfect finish.
Nichola’s Top Celebrity Tip: My top red carpet summer tip is to flex your leg muscles and apply a tiny amount of bronzer onto the shadowed areas. This gives the illusion of better muscle definition and a more toned shape. I also recommend eating local fruits and honey for radiant looking skin.
Autumn Skincare Regimen
This is the time of change. The weather is often windy and damp and makes the skin feel tight, sore and chapped, so it's more important than ever to protect the skin on your legs. I’ve designed this bespoke regimen specifically to care for your skin in that difficult transition period between summer and autumn.
Step 1: You can easily create a refreshing leg mask by crushing together fresh mint leaves, adding a few tablespoons of almond oil and a generous dollop of your favourite body cream.
Step 2: Once you’ve made your leg mask, layer it onto the skin thickly and leave it there for 15 minutes. The almond oil will nourish and the mint will enliven and refresh the upper layers of the skin leaving you with velvety soft legs. This is particularly beneficial for you after working out – which is why it’s so popular with a lot of my celeb clients.
Step 3: Rinse off the mask with warm water and apply a generous layer of moisturising shave gel or foam. Use an oil-based shaving gel as opposed to soap as it can dry out the skin. Satin Care Pure & Delicate is great for sensitive, dry skin and helps make sure you get a silky smooth finish. Make sure you use a razor that has been especially designed for sensitive skin like Venus ProSkin Sensitive razor. It has a protective Ribbon of Moisture with an extra rich formula for an even smoother glide.
Step 4: When you’ve finished shaving, pat dry your skin and moisturise. Massage the cream into your legs for a few minutes to build up circulation and re-hydrate the skin. This also helps to plump up the skin.
Step 5: Finish your pampering session with a simple leg toning exercise – this not only helps to tone muscles but it also gives your skin a bit of added glow. Whilst sitting, roll your ankles in a circular motion in one direction then the other. Straighten your leg at the knee and then curl. Do this 10 times with each leg, with your legs straight out in front of you and ankles together.
Nichola’s Top Celebrity Tip: When I am in LA, I always come across new and easy tips for at-home spa treatments. Katy Perry swears by a leg mask that you make using equal parts of cucumber juice, rose water and lime juice. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse off. It's also great for stopping mosquito bites if you add a little lavender oil to the mix.
Another one of my top celeb beauty tips is to eat lots of local honey and drink Aloe Vera juice regularly. It can be very beneficial for keeping away colds and infections and is also an amazing way of keeping skin dewy, healthy and glowing, building your immune system and keeping you healthy.
Winter Skincare Regimen
Skin can become very dry and flaky, sensitive and sore in the winter so it's important to protect it as much as possible. This skincare regimen is ideal for winter time when legs are exposed to harsh weather. It’s a particular favourite of my clients who like to jet off on winter sports holidays.
Step 1: To make the leg mask, take 50ml. of tomato juice and mix with one teaspoon of lemon juice and add a raw or cooked sliced cabbage, raw grated potato and 2 tablespoons of flour and soak in boiling water. Add Aloe Vera balm and add a few drops of rose oil for extra nourishment.
Step 2: Apply to the skin when cooled slightly and cover with a hot towel. This has a warming, detoxifying and stimulating effect and is great for swollen, achy and puffy legs.
Step 3: Leave this on whilst sitting with legs elevated for 10/15 minutes then rinse off. Always remember to apply around the ankles and knees and relax. If you have particularly swollen legs, I recommend using creams with red berries and red grapes.
Step 4: Apply a generous layer of moisturising shave gel or foam. Use an oil-based shaving gel as opposed to soap as it can dry out the skin. Satin Care Pure & Delicate is great for sensitive, dry skin and helps make sure you get a silky smooth finish. Make sure you use a razor that has been especially designed for sensitive skin like Venus ProSkin Sensitive razor. It has a protective Ribbon of Moisture with an extra rich formula for an even smoother glide.
Step 5: After shaving, use a warm compress on your legs such as a face cloth soaked in hot water. This is particularly good for sensitive skin as it helps to relax the skin as well as the muscles.
Step 6: Next, apply a rich moisturiser onto your skin and massage in circular motions. It’s important to do this immediately after getting out of the bath as it’s great for keeping ingrown hairs at bay. A daily massage with a rich body cream in winter also helps the hair that is below the surface to come in softer to touch as will keep tips of hair shaft a little softer. When massaging legs to reduce swelling and puffiness, it’s always best to be seated with back supported and lift legs. Start massaging from the foot/ankle down to the thigh hip area. This will also help reduce water retention and eliminate swelling
Nichola’s Top Celebrity Tip: Liv Tyler’s a big fan of the following tip which helps reduce water retention and keeps your legs svelte and toned. You simply sit with your legs elevated whilst massaging. Trust me, you need to try this - it really works!
Another top tip of mine is to add a couple drops of soothing and nourishing olive/almond oil to your bath water.