The Best Creams for Dry Legs

Smooth legs are within reach.

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Dry, itchy, flaky legs are an all too familiar problem for women. You know the feeling: When it's time to bare your gams for summer or when your skin itches so badly in winter that you just want to crawl out of it, it's time to take action. The good news is there are lotions on the market that transform rough, scaly skin into smooth, beautiful legs that you can't wait to bare -- or someone else can't wait to touch.

Aveeno Active Naturals Moisturizing Lotion

Slathering your legs in Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion is like giving your dry skin a tall glass of water. The beauty editors for "Allure" Magazine's website call it "miraculous" because it sinks into skin so quickly "but leaves skin just as soft as if it had been coated with thick body butter." In fact, it performs so well, it was given an Allure Reader's Choice Award in 2007 and 2009 through 2011.

Khiel's Creme de Corps

"Allure" editorial assistant Sophia Panych writes on the website that she uses Khiel's Creme de Corps body lotion to cure her dry skin woes. The rich body lotion is equivalent to a cream in terms of the moisture it delivers. Panych notes that she uses it heavily in winter to combat the drying effects of plummeting temps and moisture-zapping indoor heating. When the weather warms up, she switches to a lighter lotion.

Vaseline Renewal Age-Redefining Body Lotion

The beauty team for "InStyle" Magazine's website recommends using a moisturizer with retinol to firm skin and fight signs of sagging. Their pick: Vaseline Renewal Age-Redefining Body Lotion. Dermatologist Frederic Brandt tells the mag that a retinol-fortified leg lotion helps to rebuild collagen and improve aging skin's elasticity. The beauty editors also advise smoothing on moisturizer twice a day for ultra-soft legs. Do it once in the morning, right after your shower while your skin is still damp, to help seal in the moisture already on your skin. Apply again before bed; your skin can absorb the moisture while your bod rests.

Nivea Sun-Kissed Beautiful Legs

For moisture with a side of radiance, try Nivea Sun-Kissed Beautiful Legs. This leg moisturizer is infused with dihydroxyacetone, the active ingredient in self-tanners. It gives gradual color, so you can build up your tan to your preference and avoid looking orange. "Allure" beauty editors say on the website that the lotion is scented like caramel -- and won't make skin reek of that tell-tale self-tanner scent.

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