GLOW RIGHT: how body scrub has come of age

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There's no shortage of exfoliators on the market – everywhere you look there are different ones from exotic body polishers with a scent that evokes island vacations and rich blends of sugar and salt crystals in skin-softening aromatic oils. And while the need for a scrub down against weather-bitten winter skin needs no explanation, the joys of a pre-and-post summer holiday scrub can be rewarding too. Max up the benefits of a buffer by matching it to your skin. Here's the science:



The Lowdown on Scour Power
For sensitive skin- some areas of the body (shins, chest, hands) where skin is thinner tend to be more sensitive than others – finer polishes are the best option for sweeping away build-up while preventing redness and irritation. Dry or dehydrated skin benefits most from scrubs with a rich base to cushion skin while shifting dead skin cells. More stubborn areas of concern where skin is thicker and flakier respond best to seasalt-based exfoliants.

Best for the job:

Ameliorate Skin Softening Bathing Powder – the perfect skin-softener for sensitive skin, this buffs without abrasion, gently soaking off dry skin. Use with Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Shower Cream for optimum results.

Connock London Kukui Oil Hawaiian Sea Salt Scrub – fine sea salt that gently eliminates dead skin whilst monoi an kukui oil soothes skin, leaving it conditioned and soft. .

The Pre-Holiday Scrub Up
Exfoliating regularly not only helps to keep skin soft and glowy, but it's also the key to getting an even and lasting tan – fake or real. Pre-holiday, use a grainy exfoliant twice a week over your whole body. Gently buff it into skin in firm circular motions – paying close attention to your elbows, knees and heels. And always follow with an application of body lotion.

Best for the job:

Evolve Beauty Tropical Blossom Body Polish – a natural oil-based sugar polish to exfoliate dry skin, together with sweet almond oil which is rich in Vitamin A, E and B, for a more moisturising formula.

Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish – a multi-action exfoliator, this retexturises, polishes and conditions skin.

Bean Body Coconut Coffee Scrub –an organic scrub that uses Demerara sugar, Himalayan salt and ground coffee beans to remove dead skin cells whilst caffeine stimulates blood flow, reducing the appearance of cellulite, age spots, stretch marks. It's base of coconut oil means it isn't scratchy or drying either.

The Post-Holiday Buff Down
Holiday sun and sea and the dry summer heat at home both dehydrate skin significantly, causing flakiness, rough skin and scaliness. When you buff after a holiday, go gently as skin can be tender and sensitized from exposure to UV rays. For gentle but effective results, use a mild formula daily to lift away surface dullness and expose refined skin. Then seal in moisture with a light oil.

Best for the job:

Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion – formulated to combat 'chicken skin', and dry skin, this works brilliantly, especially after a gentle buff with the Ameliorate Exfoliating Body Mitt.


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