Here’s How to Get Smooth Summer-Ready Legs

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Shorts weather is almost here!

Depending on where you live, warm weather has probably already started showing up. And if it hasn’t yet, it’s right around the corner.

But after many months of pants–and spending time with indoor heat drying your skin out–your legs might not be ready to come out and play yet.

If you’ve ever wondered how celebs like Taylor Swift get those perfect summer-ready gams, I am here to tell you their secret. It’s the wonderful world of chemical peels.

Yes, that’s right — chemical peels aren’t just for the face.

Chemical peels can be a great way to fix some common skin problems, like getting rid of dull, dry skin or brightening your complexion. Chemical peels can help with those dreaded bumps caused by skin conditions like keratosis pilaris, too.

But before you jump in, let’s go over some of the most popular chemical peels.

Salicylic Acid

This chemical peel is a superficial, or light, peel. It is the most gentle type of peel, as it doesn’t penetrate very deep. Even still, it can provide a slight improvement to your skin in little time, as it works to remove the top layer of skin.

This peel is a good choice for folks with acne-prone skin, some scarring, or even minimal signs of aging. If you have sensitive skin and need a more gentle exfoliation, this is also a good choice for you.

This peel needs almost no recovery time. You might end up with slightly red skin, but there won’t be any drastic negative side effects like with a deeper peel.

Glycolic Acid

Compared to salicylic acid, glycolic acid has a smaller molecular structure. That means it can penetrate deeper into the layers of skin.

This peel is a better choice to correct bigger skin issues, such as dullness, bumpy skin, hyperpigmentation, and even “strawberry legs.” On the face, it may even diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

You’ll notice results after one peel, but a series of 3 to 6 peels over a period of time will give you the best results.

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)

This chemical peel is going to be stronger than the other two mentioned here. That means that it will also produce more dramatic results. TCA peels penetrate deeply, and remove layers below the epidermis.

A TCA peel can treat sun damage, wrinkles, pigmentation, and severe bumps or acne. However, you’ll experience some discomfort, like a minor stinging or burning sensation.

You’ll see significantly smoother skin with a more even tone after just one treatment, but this one does require about a week to fully recover. It’s important that you don’t get this peel done right before an important event, because your skin might be a little swollen or pink, and it’s likely to physically peel eventually.