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July 2022

You Want a Piece of Me

I lazered. I exercised. I stretched and massaged. Still, my legs don’t feel ready for summer exposure. Help!

AskMelissa loves a good product pick, and over the years, we’ve experimented with just about everything to make our stems sexy. We like to scrub, self-tan, then oil up with our Best Kept Secrets.

Whatever order you prefer, you’ll feel great about showing a little leg—or a lot—at the beach this summer.


Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish

Say good-bye to alligator skin with this AskMelissa favorite, Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish. Like treating ourselves to a decadent dessert, we use it several times a week, luxuriating in its combination of pure brown sugar with almond, apricot kernal, jojoba, evening primrose and exotic citrus oils.

Price: $63.00

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Thymes Essentials Body Scrub

We feel baby soft with this body scrub by Thymes. Gentle enough to use every day, it incorporates sugar crystals with soothing sunflower oil and vitamin E. And we love its heady fragrance—Italian citrus, red currant, jasmine and cyprus, with a touch of musk.

Price: $36.00

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GlowFusion Micro-Nutrient Face & Body Natural Protein Tan

Occasionally, we’re willing to undertake a do-it-yourself project. For example, the spray tan. We love to spray this clear self-tanner with its all-natural, colorless, odorless, sugarcane-derived mist. No stains, no streaks and perfect for even for those of us with lily-white complexions.

Price: $58

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Neutrogena Build-a-Tan Gradual Sunless Tanning

We’ve all been there—a little self-tanner that went a little too far. But Neutrogena’s “Build-a-Tan” mysteriously leaves us with just the right amount of color after each application. So, we can decide just how bronzed our goddess look should be. Oh, and did we mention it will only set you back about ten bucks?

Price: $9.52

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ESPA Soothing Body Oil

It’s easy to be kind, unwind, with this London import. ESPA’s essential oils, including rose, geranium and myrrh, relax our aching muscles while moisturizing our skin. Works wonders!

Price: $40.00 for 50 ml bottle
$61.00 for 100 ml bottle

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Fresh Sugar Body Oil

Who doesn’t like to be a little fresh on occasion. We love to rub on Fresh’s Body Oil, which uses the same mix of moisturizing oils found in our beloved Brown Sugar Body Polish.

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Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil

The price is right for this organic body oil from Weleda. This AskMelissa Best Kept Secret uses sweet almond and sesame seed oils to soften skin, while its light lavender scent de-stresses us.

Price: $16.90

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