DIY Skin Smoother for Silky Soft Legs

leg exfoliator

Did you know you are supposed to exfoliate your LEGS? I always assumed that the very act of SHAVING your legs was exfoliating in itself.  Oh silly me!

I stumbled across this idea for silky smooth legs at militaryfit-bombshell for the other day and knew I wanted to try it. When I started looking into it more…I came across all sorts of homemade leg exfoliators! Apparently you’re supposed to exfoliate each time your shave your legs. Who knew? Obviously not me. :-)

But I do now!  And although I feel like I’ve been missing out all these years….I couldn’t be happier about discovering this stuff! After using it this morning I would venture to say my legs have never felt softer OR smoother! No kidding.

The recipe is super simple…the most challenging part for me was actually finding time to take a bath. Well, unfortunately I never DID find that time….so I made do and used it in the shower instead. I’ve never really been a fan of shaving in the bathtub anyway. All that hair floating around and such. (sorry for the visual!) So this worked well for me.

Leg Exfoliator

Super Silky Summer Legs


  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (I used olive oil, but you can use any oil, coconut oil, baby oil, canola oil, etc.)
  • 3 tablespoons citrus juice (lemon or lime) OR 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • Razor

Mix everything together. I put mine in a mason jar and just shook it all up. (If you take the glass jar into the bath or shower with you, please be extra careful.)


Leg Exfoliator 2

Soak your legs in the tub for 5 minutes. Or if you’re taking a shower, wash and conditioner your hair first, then after your legs have had a chance to soak for a few minutes, apply the mixture to your legs and rub it in. I was surprised at how GOOD this felt! I ended up using it on my feet and arms as well!

The abrasiveness of the sugar rubs off all the dirt and dead skin, the lemon juice works as a mild skin peel revealing brighter, smoother skin, and, of course, the olive oil penetrates deep into the skin and provides long-lasting moisture.

After rubbing the mixture in for a few minutes….it’s time to shave your legs. Feels pretty good huh?  Well, we’re just getting started!

leg exfoliator

Now, rinse and REPEAT! Yep, do it again. Rub mixture all over legs (and feet!)…shave….and rinse again. This time you might want to use a mild soap to get some of the oil off. Or not. Your preference. (Note: make sure the bottom of the shower is oil-free when you are done so the next person in doesn’t get a slippery surprise. Since I used body wash after shaving, mine was fine.)

When you get out of the bath or shower, put lotion on and enjoy your silky smoooooooth legs!  I guarantee you will be so amazed at how soft your skin feels, you won’t be able to keep your hands off yourself! ;-)


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  1. WendyB says

    This sounds great! Did you rinse before shaving? Or does the sugar dissolve as you’re rubbing it into your legs? I’m concerned about the effects of the granules on the razor blade, and subsequently on my legs…

  2. Sharon says

    Be careful! Your tub or shower floor will be incredibly slick and will need to be cleaned before anyone else can use it!

  3. Elizabeth says

    As Sharon said, be careful! If you’re in the tub and you’ve used any kind of oil, the tub will be very slick. Also, I’ve used these types of scrubs before and if you are in the bath, the shaved hair will get all over you and stick to you. I think the best way is to soak in a hot tub first, then switch to the shower if possible. Sounds time consuming, but if you are looking for those silky smooth legs, you will need to take a little extra time. Think of it as your spa treatment. Also, you can use the scrub all over. So ~ if you give yourself a nice hot soak in the tub, switch to the shower and use your scrub all over. Again, be careful, as this will also make the bottom of your shower slick. You will love the way your skin feels, so soft and hydrated. This is a great tip. Thanks Jill!

  4. Niki says

    Also a little known fact – sugar and lemon juice make the most amazing body wax. It’s exfoliating, completely natural and in my opinion, better than any salon wax. Plus, it easily washes off, unlike other waxes. It’s the only thing that doesn’t break my skin out after a wax. And you can do it at home!

  5. Juliet says

    I read your article but didn’t make the scrub. Note to self: stop buying tiny bottles of olive oil ;). However, when I was in the shower my eyes fell upon your foot scrub (aka the gardener’s hand scrub) and thought, “that’s a sugar scrub and moisturizer” so I used it instead. Win!

  6. Lana says

    Oh My Goodness!!!! Jillee,have I mentioned that you are GREAT????? I only found you a few days ago, but I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE everything you share!!!!. I have a boyfriend that LOVES to rub my legs….I can’t wait to try this before our next date!!!! Thanks!! Lana


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