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I have really bad, crepey skin on my legs, from aging and all the years of sun worship with Baby Oil and iodine!! I hate it and I feel like I've tried every lotion and magic potion out there and nothing seems to work.
I'm so self-conscious about my legs I hate to wear shorts and we own a boat so that's a challenge!!
Any advice/guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Hi, Haven't been on for while and noticed your post. I have the same exact thing (and I too, used baby oil and iodine!). Has anyone answered your post yet? Is there maybe such a thing as a "leg peel" we can do?
I have the crepey skin also and one thing that helps me is to use a microfiber cloth to exfoiliate the dead skin cells...then in the winter time I use an oil (almond or jojoba) right after showering and then Gold Bond Ultimate Protection Skin Therapy lotion. You don't need to use the oil except on days where your legs are really dry. I do this when my legs are wet and then take a towel and take it little back off if it seems too much.
In the summer, I like a Lubriderm lotion with glycolic acid in it...the glycolic really makes your legs look much smoother but it is too drying for me in the winter.
The microfiber cloth makes your whole body silky smooth...I use the cheap ones at the Dollar store because I'm cheap...
I know this is going to sound extreme but I had the same thing and it seemed to happen fast. I couldn't believe what my legs were looking like. When I was standing and looked down at my legs they looked crepy and wrinkly with vertical lines on my lower legs and wrinkles above my knees. I tried peels and it did absolutely nothing. Here's what I did and I swear it worked like a charm. This may sound drastic but it worked, I promise. I took one of those callous removers, the thing that looks like a metal cheese grater with a handle - not the callous shaver with the razor blade but the other kind that sort of sands it. Well, I took that thing and started sanding and after a few seconds it it looked like I was sanding drywall. All this dead skin started coming off my legs - tons of it. I kept on and kept on until it stopped flaking off . You have to be more gentle on parts like your shins where there's no fat but still sand there, too. I ended up with a few scratches that went away but my legs looked a zillion times better after I was done. Then after they healed I did it every time they started to look dry. I still do it and it works wonders. I'm going to do a TCA peel on them this winter and then sand them again. It's really no diferent than dermabrasion if you ask me. All you're doing is getting rid of all that dead skin. Truthfully, I didn't think it was going to work or I would have taken before and after pictures. I took a lot of age off my legs, trust me. Try it and let me know what you think.
Whats the secret to having beautiful legs? Exfoliate and Hydrate! Make sure you do both steps to make sure you got legs you want to show off. As some people have suggested you can use a terry cloth to help with exfoliation, but if you use a product that has ingredients to help with the that, you will get better results.
Have you checked into a exfoliating cream/lotion? We have a couple that really seem to be real crowd pleaser's such as : Natura Bisse Glyco Skin Body Exfoliating Lotion. I would have to say this is our number one item in this category, it does the job and feels good while wearing it. You can check it out at: http://bit.ly/9rffo0
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Rachaell, I tried your tip and it really does work. I also use AmLactin to moisturize and it helps so much. The AmLactin is very hydrating, but it also has an exfoliator built in (lactic acid). It is kind of difficult to keep up on this regime in the summer with the use of self tanners and the drying effect that they have. I alternate with the exfoliating (sanding) every couple of days to keep my legs smooth and use self tanner in between. I wonder if this condition is some type of skin disease that prevents the dead skin from sloughing off. Thanks for the tip - it helps.
I've got something that works better than that, now. I have this pet nail grinder that I use on my dog's nails (instead of clipping them). What it is is just a sander, basically. It's like sandpaper on a little spool that spins around (you can adjust the speed). It works better on the legs than the callous scraper because it doesn't scratch as much. They might look a little pink for a day or so and have some tiny scratches but they go away fast. I used to lay out in the sun a lot, too, in my younger years, and I think all that on our legs is just a bunch of dead skin. It has to be or it would hurt when you started sanding it off. Plus, we might just have skin that doesn't slough as good as some people. Once you get it off you won't have to do it very often. You can also do a light peel on your legs inbetween the sanding. Legs take awhile to peel so you might want to do it in the winter, though. Don't do it after you do any type of sanding, though, because you don't want to put any chemicals on irritated, healing skin. The peel should make more skin slough off. Good luck and I'm glad it worked for you. If yours looked anything like mine, anything's an improvement. Let me know how you make out.
I was reading your post about using a callus remover and/or a pet nail grinder directly on the thigh area for helping with that ugly "crepey" look we women seem to get as we age. I would like to try it but had a couple questions: 1. What was the length of time actually performing it on your thighs did you do it? I mean, like for 5 or 10 minutes? And how often did you have to do it? Once a week? And, how long were your legs red looking from the grinding before you could wear shorts? Did you see results after the first time you did it, or did it take a couple of times? You seem very confident it worked, so I am going to try it. I was also wondering about using actual "sandpaper"... like a real low dense sandpaper. Have you tried this?
How old are you? I am 44. I am in good shape, exercise 5 days a week, am thin, and eat pretty healthy, but these crepey thighs make me look like a 90 year old!
phoenixfan, I was wondering, what did you decide to use to help with the crepey skin problem? I have this condition on my legs too. It's not bad yet but I hate it! I'm an avid cyclist and I work out so I'm in good physical shape but many years ago I used to do some sun bathing and I'm now 52 and would love to find something to help this problem! Did what Rachell suggested, work?
Hi- Well, I decided to have a couple of "chemical peels" done (like a person would have done on their face), but I had 2 done on my knees. Alot of skin came off, but it did not seem to help with the wrinkly knees. It did somewhat "soften" the wrinkles. Then, I came across this website about dry body brushing AND then a "knuckle massage"... "Carole Maggio's No Lipo Lipo" ... (look that up on internet and you will see what I am talking about)... anyways, I have had several phone conversations with Carole herself, and she swears that her No Lipo Lipo would work for my (or anyone's) saggy knees. I cannot actually get up to Redondo Beach to her spa for her service which is twice a week for 5 weeks, so I elected to buy the DVD and loofah sponge, etc., that she sells on her site (facercise.com) and with a couple of emails and phone calls between myself and Carole, I am doing this "knuckle massage" and "dry body brushing" on myself every day (knuckle massage in the morning and the body brushing at night), and decided to do it for 3-4 weeks and then see my results. I have another 7-10 days before I am completely done. I have most definitely seen a huge difference on the "crepeness" of my calves, thighs, etc. That ugly crepey look has definitely diminished alot! I will honestly say that I have noticed a slight diminished look on my saggy knees, but not to the point that I am satisfied. Carole Maggio swore that I would see a difference and that if I did not see a difference, I was doing something wrong. So I will give it another week or so and see what happens with the knees. She has invited me up to her salon in Redondo Beach and said she would show me how to do it correctly. Its a 2.5 hour drive for me, but I might take her up on it . If it will work and I am just doing it wrong... it is definetly worth the drive up there for a day! Also, I have been reading about "peptide" lotions. They are not real expensive, and I just ordered some online yesterday, so have not received the lotion yet. I have been reading that "peptide" is a great firming lotion for "aging skin" to give your skin a more tight/toned look, and read that people use it on their legs (and saggy knees) to tighten and firm saggyness, so am hoping that between the "peptide" and the "knuckle massage and body brushing" that it will make a difference on the saggy knees! I too, was an avid sun worshiper, and feel that has played a huge part in the saggy/crepey knees! If only I had known!!! I am 45 years old, 100 lbs, 5'4" and I work out every day and its soooo frustrating to have these "old lady" knees! You can cover up alot of things on the body, but not knees (especially in the summer)! I will keep you posted on my results from the knuckle massage, dry body brushing and the use of the peptide lotion (when I receive the lotion and start using it).
Phoenixfan,Thanks for all the info. I do have one of those dry body brushes and I use that some....but not everyday and it has helped. I have heard about peptides but haven't tried that yet. Please keep us all posted!
I experienced the same thing with crepey skin. It seemed to happen overnight. I read through the posts and was intrigued by the idea of scrubbing with something "rough", but I couldn't bring myself to use my ped-egg, so I tried a green scouring pad. Not sure how effective this is going to be.
BUT...I think I might have found something that WILL help. On my way to work, I bought some baby oil in a tube. It has a very subtle cocoa butter scent. Since I was at work, the only place I applied it was below the knees (I was wearing capris).
This morning, I am still crepey all over except for one place....from the knees down. Maybe worth a try for some of you?
.....what if....CREPEEEEY SKIN was a COOL thing.....think about it.....why is aging BAD?....I am on a mission to change peoples perception of AGING.....if there is 1 thing that is undeniable....it is this.....GOD is older than all of us....if you believe this to be true.....than there is NO WAY that you could perceive a sign of (older) age as being less BEAUTIFUL then youth
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