Exfoliating is a really important part of any personal care routine. It removes dead skin, dirt, grime and exposes a fresh and polished layer instead. Simply rubbing over your skin with a shower gel or body wash is okay for everyday use, but at some point you are going to have to treat your skin with something that’s going to give it a cleanse. If you think about everything that touches you skin on a daily basis, it makes sense to just gently remove all of that pollution maybe once or twice a week. Another great benefit of exfoliating is that it can help with some of the harsh impacts of shaving like ingrown hairs, dark spots and bumps. It also provides a clean surface for your razor to glide against, giving you the smoothest results possible!
Below are my top exfoliators for face and body:
The Body Shop 3 in 1 Tea Tree Scrub – £8.50
This is one of those cult products that I have been using for years. You can use this simply as a face wash, as a scrub or as a face mask. To use it as an exfoliant, you apply a small amount to your face and rub in circular motions for a minute or so. Your skin will tingle a little but that’s just the tea tree working its magic. When you wash this off, you’ll notice a difference in your complexion and the texture in your skin. This is also my number one spot rescue. Applying this to any spots I have on my face and leaving it on for a good 15-20 minutes honestly makes the spot completely disappear. It’s amazing!
Elemis Skin Buff – £31.50
This exfoliator is a lot finer than others I have tried. The granules are tiny so you can really feel it working every inch of your skin. It contains extracts of bilberry, hops and chamomile. I would never use this if I was having a really bad skin day as it’s not the kind of exfoliator that’s going to clear up your skin. However, it will draw out any impurities from your pores and it honestly leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft.
The Body Shop Exfoliating Body Scrub – £15
This smells great, isn’t too thick and does exactly what it says it does. Rubbing this all over your skin once or twice a week will leave it feeling soft, smelling fresh and feeling touchably smooth. This and my Soap and Glory sugar scrub are my go-to exfoliators to use before shaving. The granules are large enough for you to feel at work and they both just feel so nice on the skin. Not all scrubs do. They also come in pretty large tubs so will last you a good month or so and that’s without using sparingly!
Ren Salt Exfoliating Body Scrub – £25
This actually isn’t one of my favourites, but I thought it was worth mentioning for anyone who needs a scrub that is a little more clinical. It has a very medicinal scent, barely there and it feels more like a thick cream with very fine granules in it. It contains Guerande sea salt, peppermint oil and Tuscan olive oil, so it’s very natural. You can really feel the salt in this one. I have to be honest and say that it’s not the most pleasant thing to put on your skin. Whenever I use this one it actually irritates my skin more than it helps it, but I think it’s worth trying because it’s cruelty free, vegan and it’s just a simple does what it says on the tin kind of scrub.
Sanctuary Spa Salted Caramel and Macadamia Scrub – £6
This is the scrub that I use when I know I’m going somewhere special. If it was date night for example, I would use this scrub. It smells delicious and the packaging is so cute I love it. If you’re going anywhere you want to feel attractive and sexy, this is your step one. Boys are not very advanced, all you need to do is make a few key links to get them from A to B. Linking a delicious smell like this one to your body is one of those key links. You’re welcome 😉