“The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up”
Exfoliating our skin every few days is key to achieving glowing body parts in the summer months, especially when said body parts have not seen the daylight since the sunny season came to an end nine months ago.
The ingredients in exfoliating scrubs serve to buff our skin by removing dead skin cells and subsequently expose the layer of new skin cells underneath. Yes, it’s a chore and one extra thing to add to your shower-time ‘to do’ list, but the results are undoubtedly worth the effort. What’s more, it can combat the long term effects of aging and minimise cellulite. So grab yourself a mitt, sponge or brush and get scrubbing with our top 5 exfoliators!
1. Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub, 150ml, £24
If you’re looking for top-of-the-league skincare, then look no further than in Elemis’ range. Although slightly pricey, Elemis’ spa-worthy products can do no wrong, offering quality ingredients and skin-friendly cosmetics. This refreshing mint-infused scrub uses revitalising sea plant particles and antiseptic Essential Peppermint Oil to rid your torso of old skin.
2. The Sanctuary Radiance Exfoliator, 100ml, £10.20
The fine particles of this scrub promotes a non-abrasive and less harsh formula, combining apricot granules and grape seed for exfoliation purposes with natural pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts to renew. While this exfoliator is specifically stated for facial use, The Sanctuary’s Body Scrub employs orange oil and pumice particles for a more rigorous all-over exfoliation.
3. Simple Exfoliating Body Wash, 250ml, £2.05
For those of sensitive skin type, try Simple’s dermatologically tested and non-perfumed body wash. Pro Vitamin B5 softens and smoothes the skin, as natural loofah ensures pesky dead skin is washed away. Use alongside Simple Oil Balancing facial exfoliator of the same brand which incorporates witch hazel and zinc to exfoliate the face while simultaneously eradicating oil build-up.
4. L’Occitane Brightening Instant Exfoliator, 75ml, £24
For those who suffer from an uneven skin tone or mild Rosacea, L’Occitane’s offer in exfoliation is a good bet. The Bellis Perennis extract is responsible for evening out your complexion, while the pure and organic Immortelle Essential Oil stimulates collagen production and cell renewal for more youthful, healthier skin.
5. DIY exfoliator
The cheapest of the bunch and just as effective, a homemade body exfoliator can work wonders to enhance skin radiance. A Honey Cinammon scrub will work wonders for sufferers of mild skin conditions – mix 2tbsp of honey with 2tbsp of cinammon, apply in circular motions to the desired areas and wash off with warm water. Alternatively 2tbsp of white/brown sugar mixed with 4tbsp of olive oil, infused with an optional few drops of Essential Oil such as lavender, acts as another revitalising scrub.
Telltale tip: Always moisturise after exfoliating in order to lock in hydration and protect the new layer of skin from the drying effects of the summer weather