With the summer months rolling around comes higher hemlines, spagetti straps and a lot more skin showing. And I don’t know about you, but that stresses me out big time. As if I wasn’t pale enough to begin with, my legs seem to be looking extra pasty after a long winter hidden away under layers of thigh-high socks and stretch-denim. However, the urge to finally wear my long forgotten shorts and skirts has overcome me and I’ve had to scramble to kick my legs into gear. And here’s what I’ve used.

Saint Tropez One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion is literally heaven-sent. If the title didn’t spell it out for you, it’s an instant body tanner that washes off at the end of the day. It comes out a dark earthy-brown tone (a bit intimidating the first time), but once all massaged out, looks like a natural olive tint. It covers any pinkness or visible veins for all you pale girls out there. It doesn’t smell like that awful tanner smell and it washes off your hands in a pinch. It doesn’t transfer onto clothes once dry, and lasts all day. However, it does look a little funky at the gym if you happen to sweat…

Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Body Lotion is one of the most expensive body lotions I’ve ever used on myself. At first, I couldn’t justify using a $40 (for only 250 mL) (!!!) lotion, considering I only need a little moisture for my legs and arms after showering. Sure enough, I figured out why people go crazy for this stuff. The texture is truly luxurious. It soaks in immediately, and leaves your legs looking immediately healthier, shinier and softer. It also happens to photograph really nicely (even Garance Doré agrees). And to be fair, I’ve been working at the 500 mL bottle since Christmas, and I’m only halfway through. Well worth it, nonetheless.

–Anna Raponi

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