Sugar, rice and all things nice

Naturally exfoliating ingredients help to keep your skin soft, smooth and glowing…

Regular, gentle exfoliation will get your skin glowing all year round. That’s because a combination of dead skin cells, natural oils, make-up and everyday grime can clog pores; removing these helps your skin to look brighter and feel cleaner.

Sophie Rae-Martin from the Lush Spa Team says: “Our skin is in a constant cycle of renewal; we continuously create fresh new skin cells and shed the old. Exfoliation will encourage this process by removing the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing the new skin beneath.”

Exfoliators help to clear away all this dirt and debris, revealing the smooth skin underneath. As a result, your moisturiser will be more easily absorbed, and your make-up will apply more evenly.

Fresh face

There’s no need to use an exfoliating product every day (unless your skin really likes it); find out what your skin likes to find the right balance for you. You could simply add some extra oomph to your daily skincare routine by removing your usual cleanser with a soft flannel or muslin cloth which has been soaked in warm water. This works especially well with a gentle balm cleanser, such as Ultrabland.

Alternatively, naturally exfoliating ‘gritty’ ingredients will give skin a gentle but effective scrub as you wash your face and body. Herbalism contains rice bran and ground almonds, Dark Angels is made with charcoal and black sugar, and Let The Good Times Roll is packed with polenta and popcorn, to keep skin soft and glowing.

If you’re worried that your skin is too sensitive to scrub, fresh face masks containing natural fruit enzymes break down dead skin cells while you lie back and relax. Ayesha Fresh Face Mask has that effect, and uses the protein-dissolving enzyme actinidain, which is found in fresh kiwi fruit, to remove dull, flaky skin, grease and grime. Other fresh face masks contain gritty ingredients that smooth the skin as you scrub the mask off. Love Lettuce has ground almond shells, and Oatifix is made from an exfoliating base of oatmeal and ground almonds.

Ocean Salt is another invigorating cleanser, packed with lime, grapefruit and sea salt. Use it in the shower on your face and body for amazingly soft, smooth skin.

“Gritty exfoliators will definitely have a more stimulating and active effect on the skin, whereas fruit enzymes have a more gentle action,” explains Sophie. “Both types will give a good result, it just depends on which suits your skin’s needs at the time.”

Scrubbing up nicely

Exfoliating the skin on your body can help to smooth elbows and knees that need extra love, leaving your body ready for hydration.

“Exfoliating your body will help to make your skin softer and smoother. Skin will look also look fresher, and have a more even appearance,” says Sophie. “Exfoliation also helps to prevent ingrown hairs and increases circulation, encouraging a healthy glow.”

Sugar Scrub is a solid sugar scrub made from sugar, grated ginger and fresh fennel. It’s brilliant on bums and thighs, as it gently exfoliates while stimulating the circulation and encouraging lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness.

For an intensive treatment, massage Rub Rub Rub shower scrub onto dry skin before you step into the shower. It lathers up just like a shower gel, leaving you with smooth, soft skin all over, and there's a solid version too!

If you prefer a dewy finish, then rub a bar of Buffy body butter onto wet skin to exfoliate and condition in a single swipe.

Add some extra oomph to your daily skincare routine.

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