Why you need to scrub up now
There’s no shortage of luxurious exfoliants—exotic body polishers fragrant of island vacations and rich blends of sugar crystals in aromatic oils. But while the need for a scrub down against weather-bitten winter complexions need no explanation, the joys of a pre-and-post summer holiday scrub can be as rewarding. And like its cold-weather counterpart, this scrub requires adequate forethought. First, identifying what’s right for your skin type is essential, and then comes the part about tailoring it to your down time.
For sensitive skin, finer polishes work best to sweep away build-up whilst preventing redness and irritation. Dry or dehydrated skin benefits most from sugar-based scrubs, which help retain moisture alongside eliminating dead skin cells from the surface. For oily skin or more stubborn areas of concern, granulated seasalt-esqe textures work best to slough away persistent patches of dry, flaky skin.
Getting your regular exfoliation ritual right surely means revealing your rosy glow, but during the summer season it’s also a great way to ensure skin tans gradually and evenly in the sunshine. Pre-holiday; opt to use a grainy exfoliant twice a week over your whole body. Gently buff it into the skin in firm circular motions—paying close attention to your elbows, knees and heels. Always follow up by massaging with a nourishing body lotion.
Whether it’s the sun and sea of your vacation or simply the dry summer heat of your staycation, a change in weather conditions can dehydrate skin significantly, causing flakiness, fine lines and an uneven tone. Scrubbing down post-holiday calls for particular attention to be paid—especially as skin can also be sensitized from exposure to UV rays. For gentle yet effective results, use a mild formula daily to lift away surface dullness and expose the refined, youthful complexion beneath. Seal in moisture with a light oil to finish; as well as preventing dryness—body oils are ideal to enhance suppleness and soothe skin post-exfoliation.