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.

Mitchell and Peach Kentish Cobnut Scrub – contains crushed cobnut shell polishing grains, lavender and palmarosa oils for tough love body buffing.

The Pre-Holiday Scrub Up
Exfoliating regularly not only helps to keep skin soft and glowy, but in the summer 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:

Legology Exfo-Lite Stimulating Salts For Legs – a two-salt mix of Himalayan pink salt crystals and sea salt in an oil base, this delivers double softening and glow benefits.

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

Mio Double Buff – a dual-action enzyme exfoliator uses natural non-abrasive skin smoothers like papaya and pineapple enzymes to buff away dead skin whilst organic shea butter hydrates skin.

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 Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Mitt.

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