Dead skin not only looks unsightly, but it can have an impact on how well your moisturiser is absorbed, as well as how well fake tan sits on the surface. It's essential to exfoliate your limbs, paying close attention to knees and elbows, 2-3 times a week to remove any dull skin from the surface. Letting the brighter skin beneath shine will not only look great, but feel much better too. It's quite a challenge to find a body scrub that does the job effectively - you need to ensure you're using a scrub with enough texture to buff away dry skin, while not being over-zealous and causing yourself a mischief in the shower. These are my top 3 body scrubs that do the job perfectly.
1. Palmer's: Cocoa Body Scrub (£4.99 for 200g)
If there's one brand known for their simple, yet effective, formulas then it's cocoa butter lovers Palmer's. Using the benefits of the cocoa and shea butter found in their body lotions, this body scrub smells like chocolate and works like a dream. The scrub is thick enough to grip in the shower, while the cocoa beans are effective at gently exfoliating away dead skin. There's no residue left on the body afterwards, plus skin feels smooth and supple.
2. Soap & Glory: Sugar Crush Body Scrub (£8.00 for 300ml)
Known more for their Flake Away scrub, Soap & Glory also have a less sickly sweet sister product. Sugar Crush contains almond oil and brown sugar to really buff and moisturise the skin, without the OTT pinkness and vomit-inducing qualities of Flake Away. This is jam-packed with sugar to melt away dry skin, perfect for exfoliation virgins who aren't sure how much product to use or how hard to buff. The only downside is that the oil residue does need gently washing away.
3. Melvita: Dry Skin Body Scrub (£16.50 for 150g)
The most expensive of the three, but totally worth the investment. This scrub is almost like a thick cream, perfect for hydrating skin without leaving any residue behind. The kernels are big enough to really buff the skin and get rid of dry areas, even around the elbows and knees, giving skin a good work-out. Because the kernels are so effective, you need such a small amount of this to really exfoliate limbs and leave them feeling smooth.
What are your favourite body scrubs? Do you make sure you exfoliate regularly?