I owe Mother an apology. I remember looking at her legs and wondering why she didn’t do something about the ugly white flakes. Why did an otherwise well-groomed woman allow those alligator legs! Sometime during my middle decades I realized that scaly legs are a curse of the menopausal class. Then as I began to fight my own war against ashy calves it hit me that our moms and grandmas did best they could with what was available at the time–a good scrub followed with cream. But scrubbing with a cloth, or even a stiff brush, can’t make a dent in the accumulation of the dead skin cells that cling to us like brambles as we age. And creams can’t work unless the scale is removed.
When it comes to sloughing, buffing and moisturizing, we’re light-years ahead of previous generations. I’m not saying that it’s easy to staunch the scale. But it’s doable.
Through trial and error with products and procedures, I’ve developed a leg/foot care regime that allows me to scoot through sandal season relatively scale free.
1. Getting pedicures and professional leg exfoliation is a must throughout the year. But as the weather warms from winter to spring I bump up the frequency of my visits and indulge in the deluxe packages.
2. The socks and boots that warm us during the winter suck the moisture out of our feet. By March, they’re akin to the dead leaves of fall. When spring rolls around I double my efforts at home at sloughing in between professional treatments, using an Amope Pedi Perfect roller. This gets rid of and prevents cracks, rough skin and calluses. Sometimes I do it every night.
3. Moving from my feet to my legs, at least twice a week I use Rodan+Fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste to remove the build-up of dead skin, paying special attention to my knees, ankles and the tops of my feet.
5. Another sad fact of aging is that we don’t tan as well or as evenly as we once did. I use R+F Foaming Instant Tan to give me some color. For good reason, tanning products have gotten a bad rap. But this stuff works! No streaking, no orange tinge and no mess. No lie!
There are lots of pedi-care products on the market and as many procedures to follow. If you’re not satisfied with your legs and feet, experiment. No one regimen or set of products works for everybody. The trick is to figure out what does best for you and stick with it.