Hair & Body

Smooth Moves

Whilst the beach might not be calling your name just yet – it’s never too early to look and feel the part. As the saying goes, summer bodies are made in winter. Though that makes me slightly roll my eyes, I do like the idea of making small but manageable adjustments. And one such is to use an exfoliating scrub regularly, even when there is no body skin on show.

I used to neglect my body in winter – seeing as it’s all hidden away, I worked from the theory “out of sight, out of mind”, only to go into panic mode when faced with scaly winter skin. I remember once interviewing Elle Macpherson and she told me she exfoliated in the shower every day, so she doesn’t need to beach-prep as she is year-round ready. That stuck with me and once I overcame my ‘can’t-be-asked’ attitude, I started doing my own version – I’m not a supermodel who needs to be able to slip on a bikini at the drop of a hat, so thrice a week exfoliation is enough. And though it’s only a teeny thing – this tweak has made a big difference about how I feel about myself (and am kind of loving having perma-soft skin). Here’s my round up of the best body exfoliators:

1. L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Scrub

This is hands-down the best scrub for very dry skin – thick and nourishing, thanks to generous dose of shea butter and apricot oil.

2. Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish

Exfoliates rough patches including those tiny keratosis pilaris bumps on the backs of your arms with its effective lactic acid formula, combined with ultra-fine microdermabrasion granules.

3. Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream

Completely gets rid of rough skin and the minty scent is so crisp and refreshing. Great for everybody, including oily skins.

4. Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub

For Smooth Skin Satisfyingly grainy without being scratchy – it practically melts away flakiness.

5. Bliss Hot Salt Scrub

Brace yourself – this super invigorating salt scrub heats up as you rub it over dry skin and then cools down when you rinse it off – leaving your skin softened and revived.

6. Vita Liberata Super Fine Skin Polish

An ultra moisturising gooey cream that leaves skin so soft and hydrated – perfect to even out skin in between self-tan applications.

7. Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub

So luxe. The buttery soft paste gently buffs with smoothing sugar and salt, plus softening wheat-germ, avocado and olive oil, which stays on skin, obliterating the need for a body moisturizer.

8. Ole Henriksen Rub’ n Buff  Salt Scrub

The smell is so heavenly – sweet and lemony and it leaves skin baby fresh.