What are strawberry legs?
Strawberry legs are an unwanted appearance on the top (thigh) area of your legs. It appears as if you have red discoloration running up and down the length of the leg (like a red line of strawberries).
Understand the causes of strawberry legs
- Not enough water in your diet.
- Low potassium, calcium or magnesium in your diet.
- Infection, fungus and injury.
- Poor nutrition overall.
- Low body fat percentage.
- Blood not reaching the capillaries.
- Too much blood flowing away from legs.
- Lack of Natural Sunlight.
- Birth control pills and hormonal replacement therapy.
Symptoms and signs
- Flush on the legs.
- Abnormal growths on your skin.
- Discomfort in the lower leg and ankle.
- Do you have dry, itchy skin?
- Swelling of the legs.
- Red rash-like bumps on your legs.
- Red blotches on bare skin areas of your legs.
- Dark spots or blotches that look like bruises on your legs.
When to see a dermatologist
Don’t automatically jump to a dermatologist, there are effective home remedies you can try first, such as our step by step guide below. Once you notice the signs of your skin being too pale, then it’s time to see a dermatologist.
Products you can use to treat or prevent strawberry legs problem
- Blueberry Kush; Contains AHAs & BHAs to help clear pores.
- COCO Shave Butter; Hydrating and gentle effect.
- Jelly Booster Pigment Treatment; Diminishes ingrown hairs and shaving cuts.
- CBD Moisturizer; Calms skin post shave.
Tips to treat and prevent strawberry legs
- Vitamin E cream to prevent dry skin.
- Body creams are your friend.
- Body lotion can be used as a sunblock.
- Check your diet.
- Exfoliate daily.
How to treat and prevent strawberry legs
Time needed: 27 minutes.
Ever wondered how to get rid of strawberry legs? Many women have been embarrassed with the condition, even annoyed and ashamed. Fortunately, you can overcome this condition and prevent it from coming back.
Discover how vital it is to be thorough with your treatment of strawberry legs and tips on how to do this effectively.
Your first line of defense against the dreaded strawberry leg is starting with good exfoliation habits. This step isn’t as simple as it sounds. It can be tempting to pick up the cheapest loofah you can find in the store and use that, but there’s more to this than meets the eye.
The most important thing when it comes to treating your poor, red-legged strawberries is exfoliation. The rough surface that is caused by the ingrown hair and bacteria needs to be smoothed out and exfoliated. To do this, I recommend grabbing a loofah (something you can find at pretty much every drugstore) or even a washcloth that has some scrubbing particles in it. These rough textures are going to help to get rid of the extra layers of skin that are causing the problem.
On the second step, I used a good shave butter in the shape of Proraso White. To apply the brush, I first wet my leg hair with water which is helpful for a smooth and flawless application. Next, I put in about 3-4 dots on my hands and smeared it all over my legs.
Shaving your legs frequently is something most women are committed to. In order to get the closest shave possible you need to use a good shave butter. Use a shaving brush and create a lather with hot water and the shave butter. This will soften the hairs before you shave them. Follow by applying an aloe vera gel which reduces redness of the skin after shaving.
Use a good shave butter to soften your skin (and hair) to prepare for your razor. I like these shaving butters because they feel milder than soap, and don’t dry out your skin like gel can.
In the shower, lather up with a good shave butter, such as WhollyKaw . Then give your legs a hot water shave. Hot water opens up your pores and softens your hair follicles further, making them easier to remove. This also makes for a great step in exfoliation.
Shaving can be a tricky process for some people. But truthfully, isn’t it really only difficult when you don’t have the right equipment? Just like with makeup application brushes and applicators, having a razor with multiple blades, or even an electric shaver, leaves your hair cuticles open for infection.
- JELLY BOOSTER PIGMENT TRETMENT
There are 2 things to remember when it comes to jelly booster pigment treatment — prep your skin and create the right environment for success.
Finally it’s time to make your legs pretty again. This step we are going to add pigment into the nail varnish in order to provide your legs a gorgeous glow and tone down any dark patches caused by the scraping you did in step 3.
The objective of this step is to help reduce the appearance of the strawberry mark by filling in the melanin deposits with a lifting agent. Pigment lasers are the most effective treatment for pigment problems. This is a laser that targets the pigment of red or brown marks and it works by heating your skin and vaporizing them. The goal is to eliminate as much of the dark area as possible without removing healthy skin tissue or causing scarring.
This step is important because in the next few days, pigment will migrate from your dermis to your hypodermis. The first thing you need to do is protect the area from further sun exposure. Use sunblock or sunscreen with high SPF as well as a hat and clothing that cover your skin.
The final step in treating strawberry legs is moisturizing them. Moisturizer helps to seal in the moisture that you are giving your skin from the inside out. If you are choosing to use any kind of lotion on a daily basis, it is important to get one that is mild and fragrance-free so as not to irritate your skin or worsen the redness.
One of the most important aspects of taking care of your skin involves moisturizing. Moisturization is key to achieving smooth skin and getting rid of those little wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, and anywhere else on your body that gets dry or cracked.
Strawberry legs happen because your skin is dehydrated. When your cells don’t have enough water they start to shrivel up and just fall off. Making sure that you moisturize every day is very important.
Once the legs are dry and any cracks have healed up, it’s time to moisturize. This is when you add your body lotion or coconut oil. I prefer coconut oil, because it smells great. But it can be difficult to spread on large areas of skin; the lotion is better for that because it’s a little thicker and easier to work into thick skin like knees and ankles. Otherwise, I just use a heavier moisturizer and rub it in well to make sure that my skin will be soft all day long!
For this step, I’d also recommend using an actual cream like coconut oil, Shea butter, or Vaseline in addition to a lotion. This is because the softness from applying your lotion may not last very long without cream.
Now that you have finished exfoliating, you want to hydrate to allow your skin to make the best of what was removed. There are options for hydrating after exfoliation and peels. I feel like hydrating is my favorite part of having a skin peel because it feels great. Of course any chemical peel or exfoliating will remove some amount of protective skin which can lead to sensitivity. By adding hydrating moisturizers, your skin may feel softer or smoother than ever before.
Keeping your skin hydrated is essential in treating and preventing strawberry legs. Applying a hydrating product to your body after you take a bath or shower will help to lock moisture into your skin and keep it elastic, soft and healthy.
We have to conclude our series of beauty tips with the sixth and final step: hydrate. If you’re asking yourself how could this possibly be one of the steps for treating and preventing strawberry legs, the answer lies in the fact that hydrating your skin is one of the best ways to keep it at its healthiest.
We’ve reached the final step of our strawberry leg treatment program. At this point you have successfully exfoliated, moisturized, and hydrated your legs. Hydrating is one of the most crucial steps in preventing the dreaded strawberry leg or skin flakiness. Why? Because this is what keeps your skin smooth and supple.