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Most women spend time and money pampering their faces but blow off their body skin. And legs especially don’t take kindly to the dis. Over time they fall victim to damage thanks to “genetics, hormones, childbirth, sun damage, standing too much, and sitting too much,” says dermatologist Anne Chapas, M.D., of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center in New York City. Make your legs look instantly sexier this way:
Smooth Out Cellulite
Dimples on your cheeks are cute. But dimples on your butt cheeks? Maddening! “Fat is organized into chambers that are separated by strands of fibrous connective tissue. When fat pushes through the bands, you get puckering and bulging. Think of how a mattress looks—that’s cellulite,” says Heidi Waldorf, M.D., director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
De-puff: Fluid buildup exacerbates the cottage-cheese look (it increases the fat bulge between the fibrous bands), so “stay away from anything that makes you retain water, like salty snacks,” advises Waldorf. Another tactic: Build muscle, which will improve blood flow and reduce fluid retention. Kim Garcia, a personal trainer in Spring Hill, Florida, recommends doing a fat-burning, muscle-building combo of single-leg bridges and jump squats. Continue reading