How to Make Bare Legs Prettier After 50

Bare legs are in fashion, but they can be a challenge for women over 50. Here are tips to help.

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Have you noticed how bare legs are so much the fashion right now?  It's not just during hot weather - it continues during cool weather too.  However, having beautiful sleek legs can be more difficult for most women past 50.  Spider veins, veins, blotches and pigment loss are all issues to be dealt with.  About half of all people 50 and older are affected by varicose veins, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. In addition there are several other vein problems including spider veins - the tiny bluish ones usually in an area on the legs. While they're usually not harmful, many women consider them unsightly.

Legs can still look beautiful with the right approach. Try these fixes. (Yes, exercise is good too.)

Cosmetic Products for Pretty Legs

Leg Makeup

These products have really improved. They are easier to apply, last longer and don't rub off on your clothes.  You can wash leg makeup off in the shower with soap and water.  Match your own skin tone or go slightly darker for a tanned look. They work much like foundation makeup works on your face to conceal flaws. Drug stores and some upper priced makeup counters carry spray leg makeup. You need to smooth it out with your hands and wash your hands afterwards.  The makeup actually stays on legs very well after it's dry without rubbing off on clothing or sheets.  

Another useful product was originally designed specially to conceal veins, scars and bruises on the face.  A new leg and body cover version is now available.

Self-Tanning Lotions and Sprays

Darkening your legs can minimize the colors of blotches and spider veins by creating an overall tan look. Tanning booths or salon applied sprays are a big business now. You will probably need to exfoliate at home before coming in. In booth tanning you control the spray by twisting your body around in front of the jets. (Be sure to wash the palms of your hands afterwards.)

In salon-applied tanning, the operator moves the spray gun around your body. If you want tan only on your legs, you should discuss the strategy with the salon ahead of time.

Of course, a variety of sprays and lotions are also available for home use. Finding one that won't turn you orange is important. If it's not summer, or you just prefer, you can apply a lighter color lotion only to your legs. The best method also requires using an exfoliating scrub to remove loose skin particles. Exfoliating gloves with rough surfaces for scrubbing have also become available in some stores. Exfoliating works best in the shower. After the skin is carefully dried, apply the tanning lotion to your legs or wherever you like. Thin rubber gloves can be useful to help spread around the lotion for more evenness. Some people prefer using their hands directly for more control. The palms of the hands need to be carefully washed afterwards. 

Toeless Pantyhose

As you know from years of wearing pantyhose, legs tend to look better when smoothed over by the sheer fabric.  The problem is that when wearing a peep toe shoe or sandals, the unsightly pantyhose toe cover shows over the toes.  Now there are a few clever toeless styles to help with this. Several well-know brands offer a toeless version which is available at some drugstores. More expensive designer name brands are super-fine so that they look virtually invisible. They're quite effective in giving a smooth glow to the legs that looks very close to bare.  With all the toeless pantyhose, be sure to conceal the edge of the toe hole inside the shoe.

Medical Procedures to Improve Skin on Legs


This procedure is best for small spider veins. A saline (salt water) solution is injected into the vein. It hardens and the vein effectively disappears.

Laser Treatment

A blast of laser can make very small spider veins disappear. 

Varicose Vein Treatments 

These large, and sometimes painful, veins may require more serious treatment such as laser surgery, endovenous thermal ablation, vein stripping, endoscopic vein surgery and other procedures.  Treatments, aftercare and risks should be thoroughly discussed with a physician experiences in these specialties.


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