If you’re wondering how to get rid of strawberry legs, you’re far from alone. One quick Google search for the phrase brings up 1.7 million results in less than a full second. This much is clear: nobody wants to live with strawberry legs. And luckily, nobody has to, either.
But with so many different options and empty promises out there, how do we know which one is best? Generally, the most natural option is usually the best one. If you’re one of the millions who has been searching for how to get rid of strawberry legs, look no further.
We know how frustrating skin irritations and blemishes can be, and we’re here to help. Read on for a breakdown of what causes this condition, how to get rid of it, what products to use, and techniques and tips for leaving strawberry legs behind you.
What Are Strawberry Legs?
Before we get into how to solve the problem, let’s talk quickly about what strawberry legs are. The term strawberry legs can describe a few different things. The most common is a dotted or pitted appearance that resembles the skin and seeds of a strawberry.
It also describes the appearance of dark spots that occur in a pattern along with corresponding hair follicles or pores. And just like there are different symptoms of strawberry legs, the condition occurs for different reasons, too.
What Causes Strawberry Legs?
Strawberry legs occur for a few different reasons. Primarily, a lack of exfoliation, poor shaving products or techniques, and dry skin are linked to the condition. These things can cause our pores to become enlarged or lead hair follicles to trap dead skin, oil, and bacteria.
Strawberry legs can also occur due to a genetic skin condition called keratosis pilaris. Thankfully, strawberry legs are not dangerous to your health. They’re irritating more than anything else. But don’t worry, most of the time, they can be avoided with preventative measures and treated with home remedies.
Our natural and eco-friendly products are an ideal solution in terms of both prevention and treatment. We have everything you need to unlock silky, smooth, healthy, and happy skin today and every day moving forward. And we know just which techniques to use to keep it that way.
How to Get Rid of Strawberry Legs
Thankfully, the question of how to get rid of strawberry legs can be answered in a few different ways.
- DIY leg masks
- Proper exfoliation
- High-quality shaving products
- The right shaving techniques
- Regular moisturizing
Each of these things can help you improve the appearance, texture, and feel of the skin on your legs for a confident and radiant shine. Results can vary depending on your skin type and other individual factors. We recommend testing a combination of our products and techniques to find what works best for you.
How to Get Rid of Strawberry Legs with DIY Leg Masks
Getting rid of strawberry legs might be as simple as treating them with some do-it-yourself leg masks. Masks like these have become increasingly popular in recent years. Although most of us are more familiar with face and hair masks, leg masks are a great way to treat problem skin.
You’ll find plenty of leg mask options on Pinterest, the home of all things DIY – beauty and otherwise. After scouring some of the more popular options, we found one from AZ Spa Girls, which they received courtesy of the beauty pros at the Viceroy Riviera Maya’s Wayak Spa, which seems to be pretty popular.
Ingredients and Instructions for Your DIY Leg Mask
For this particular DIY leg mask, all you need is:
- One tablespoon of almond oil or avocado oil
- One tablespoon of shea oil
- One banana or avocado
- One tablespoon of honey
- Three drops of peppermint oil
- Four tablespoons of neutral, unscented body lotion or moisturizer
And here’s how to use it all:
- Place the unwrapped banana (or avocado) in a bowl and mash it up with a fork
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well blended
- Hop in the shower (leave the water off)
- Apply the mixture to your legs, giving special attention to rough patches and spots
- Keep your legs raised for ten minutes
- Rinse with warm water
If you prefer to use ingredients that you have already, you can always flip through DIY leg mask options until one matches up. Or you can look up common swaps for the ingredients that you’re missing. There are many different ways to make an effective leg mask.
Physical Exfoliation vs. Chemical Exfoliation
Leg masks can be great for moisturizing and smoothing out your skin. But if you’ve got a bad case of strawberry legs, a simple DIY leg mask may not be enough.
And even if you notice that you’ve received the desired results from the mask, you may still want to follow through and move on to the next steps to keep your skin smooth and hydrated and prevent those strawberry legs from coming right back.
That’s why we’re talking about exfoliation next. There are two categories of exfoliation: physical and chemical.
As an eco-friendly, zero-waste store, we tend to recommend against chemical-based products. Physical exfoliation often gives similar or even better results.
Chemical-based beauty products tend to do more harm than good. They’re often linked with rashes, breakouts, burns, allergic reactions, and other skin irritations. These potential skin concerns are yet another reason why we tend to recommend more natural products instead.
Our coffee body scrub and natural loofah gently and effectively help you buff away dry, dead skin cells. Together, they will leave you feeling soft, smooth, and refreshed. The EcoRoots coffee body scrub comes in two incredible scents: coffee and lemongrass and coffee and cacao. On top of feeling amazing, you’re left smelling amazing, too.
Other Benefits of Our Coffee Body Scrubs
The shea butter blend in our coffee scrubs moisturizes your skin post-scrub. And the top-quality coffee grounds act as a gentle exfoliator, with the caffeine stimulating blood flow and minimizing the appearance of cellulite. See, coffee is good for more than just that morning jolt!
The high level of antioxidants in the scrub helps minimize the appearance and signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. Both scrubs are sustainable, vegan, and cruelty-free, so they’re good for you and good for the planet, too!
Because they contain healthy and natural ingredients, you can use our coffee scrubs up to three times per week. And they’re easy to use when you do.
All you have to do is:
- Shake the coffee scrub well before you open it up
- Apply it to your damp skin in circular motions with either your hand or a natural loofah for even better results
- Give it a few minutes to work its magic
- Wash off thoroughly with warm water
The natural loofah is an excellent sustainable exfoliator to clear your body of dead skin cells as the scrub loosens them, leaving you feeling silky-smooth. Our coffee body scrub and natural loofah are a one-two punch to those pesky strawberry legs!
How to Get Rid of Strawberry Legs with High-Quality Shaving Products
On top of DIY leg masks and exfoliation, we recommend picking up some high-quality shaving products. Traditional, plastic-based shaving products can be ineffective or even damaging to your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.
These products scrape, drag, and rip your hair follicles and skin before ending up in a landfill soon after. Once in the landfill, they stay there for a very long time, potentially for hundreds of years. We can do better.
And let’s be real here – what are the benefits of choosing shaving products that are bad for your skin and bad for the planet? Sure, it might look like you’ll save money upfront. But when you look at the long-term, that’s no longer the case.
Sustainable, eco-friendly shaving products like our rose gold safety razor, replacement blades, and organic shaving soap last longer and work better. Because they’re more effective and last longer, they’ll end up saving you money, time, and frustration. And they’ll help you create a beauty routine you can be proud of, too.
An Eco-Friendly Shaving Experience
Our shaving products are plastic-free and delivered in recyclable packaging. The blades are stainless steel for a sturdy, long-lasting finish. The rose gold safety razor contains zinc alloy and stainless steel for a high-polished finish that protects from corrosion.
And the organic shaving soap is made of natural ingredients, including organic coconut oil, avocado oil, citrus essential oils, and lavender. On top of being much better for your skin, these eco-friendly swaps are also much better for the planet. It’s a win-win.
Did you know that two billion single-use plastic razors get thrown away each year? You read that right: 2,000,000,000 single-use plastic razors. It’s time to shave guilt-free. The double-edged blades of the light and durable safety razor will leave your skin silky and smooth, with less of a chance of hair getting trapped under your skin – a major cause of strawberry legs.
The handle is ergonomically designed to make it easy to get a clean and super close shave, no more clunky and sharp plastic disposables. You can use this razor for high-quality results whether you have normal or sensitive skin. And the same goes for the organic shaving soap.
Our organic shaving soap is a delicious mix of citrus and lavender notes enriched with shea and cocoa butter. Choose a foamy treat for your legs that also helps reduce plastic waste. To make the most of your rose gold safety razor:
- Clean it thoroughly with warm water after each use
- Dry it off with a towel or wipe
- Store it in a dry place, or at least a space that has less moisture than the inside of your shower or tub
If you buy the natural loofah, you’ll also want to rinse that thoroughly after each use. Once it’s clean, leave it out to air dry outside of the bathroom. Damp bathrooms prevent certain products from fully drying out, making them less hygienic and shortening their life span.
Shaving in the Right Direction
It might sound silly, but there is a wrong way to shave. The right way to do it is to shave in the direction of your hair growth. Shaving against the grain can lead to razor burn or bumps, ingrown hairs, irritated skin, and, you guessed it, strawberry legs.
When most of us were growing up, we were taught to do the opposite. We shaved up and against the natural direction of our hair growth. And our skin paid the price for it. But now we know better, and it’s an easy habit to break, especially once you witness the results.
Shaving against the grain might feel like the natural order of things, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You don’t need to forgo it entirely if you don’t want to. You just need to change the order to improve your results and clear up your strawberry bumps.
Going With The Grain
Shaving with the grain first allows you to give it a solid first pass. It also gives your hair the time it needs to soften up for what comes next. Once your shaved hairs are shorter and more hydrated, you can move on to the next step. Give them a swipe in the opposite direction like you’re used to.
Doing things in this order gives you the closest shave possible. But keep in mind that if you have sensitive skin or are prone to recurring strawberry legs, you might want to stop after the downward pass or proceed with caution at the very least.
Treat your legs well, and they’ll treat you well back! Only you can know what works for your legs and what doesn’t. Everyone is different. Once you start following this list, you’ll have a better idea of what your skin needs and how to make that happen.
When you’re done shaving and drying off, lather on some moisturizing cream. This will help keep your skin happy and healthy until next time. We have a couple of suggestions for that in the next section, too.
Finding the Right Moisturizing Cream
After scrubbing, shaving, or exfoliating, moisturizing can help you stay silky and avoid excessive dry skin buildup before the next round. We have two incredible eco-friendly options for this category: vegan body cream and our solid lotion bar.
The lotion bar is available in two fresh and friendly scents: chamomile and lavender and cacao and calendula. This zero-waste bar is an all-over, daily rich moisturizer. It helps keep your skin nurtured while supporting healing and regeneration.
Just one balm bar helps keep at least four plastic lotion bottles out of our oceans. And it leaves your skin feeling soft, deeply hydrated, and more flexible with a smooth layer of protection. With continued use, you’ll see small wounds and scars start to fade.
You can use the balm bar over your whole body, not just your legs. And the same is true for the vegan body cream. The vegan body cream is an ultra-hydrating, super-rich body cream that helps nourish and protect the skin with a unique blend of calming ingredients.
It features shea butter, linseed, olive oil, and the anti-inflammatory extract of leftover date seeds. That’s right, on top of all its other benefits, it also reduces inflammation and redness. The vegan body cream leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth, and supple. Either the balm bar or the vegan body cream is an excellent option for all skin types.
Waxing vs. Laser Hair Removal
Now, we know what you may be thinking: what about waxing or laser hair removal for getting rid of strawberry legs? If you’re like most of us and dread the thought and task of shaving, these can both be appealing options. But they’re not ideal for everyone.
Waxing is effective for all hair types, skin types, and skin tones, and it can be done at home. Waxing can give you smooth skin for much longer than shaving, lasting weeks rather than days. But if you have sensitive skin, waxing can be problematic and painful.
Similarly, laser hair removal can be problematic and painful if you have sensitive skin. There are also more limitations. Certain hair types, skin types, and skin tones eliminate laser hair removal as an option. But if you are eligible and can tolerate the pain, enough treatments can give you permanent results.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. There are benefits and downsides to each hair removal method, including shaving. We recommend starting with our product list, healthy shaving techniques, masks, and exfoliation to see how your skin and strawberry marks react before moving on to more extreme measures.
EcoRoots Products for Happy, Healthy Skin
There you have it – how to get rid of strawberry legs! With regular use of masks, gentle and natural exfoliation, high-quality shaving and moisturizing products, and the right techniques, you can get rid of those strawberry legs for good this time.
Make a positive change today. Choose to shave with EcoRoots and help us beat plastic pollution. We proudly donate a percentage of each razor sale to Ocean Conservancy to protect and preserve our planet. And we look forward to helping you make your beauty routine more eco-friendly, sustainable, and natural! A healthy beauty lineup is a happy beauty lineup.