Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Shine up those Shins!

Smooth legs are sexy--and good for your health. "Cuts, scratches, and scrapes below the knee take a long time to heal and can be prone to infection, since they're an easy entry point for germs," says Doris Day, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University Medical Center.

Prevent the little cracks that allow bacteria to enter your skin by smoothing on a moisturizing cream every night; to prevent nicks, use a razor with built-in moisture strips (we like the Venus Embrace, $11.50, amazon.com); and don't shave your legs for two or three days before a pedicure (salon whirlpool footbaths can be a breeding ground for bacteria).

- Women's Health Magazine online, www.womenshealthmag.com


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