Tried, Tested and Recommended: Luscious Body Scrubs4 Comments

By SassyChic
Posted on 06 Mar 2011 at 8:19pm

 

There’s something about the sun sneaking out in the early days of  March that makes me want to start buffin’ and scrubbin’ away at my skin. The winter months can cause havoc on your skin making it look dull and lifeless. When the summer hits and you want to catwalk in your sassy demin shorts that didn’t quite get to make an appearance last summer I get put off by the look of how my skin appears.

My secret cheat to maintaining and preping my skin for the dull winter and bright summer’s is by using scrubs. For this weeks T, T & R I’ll be reviewing body scrubs and follow up on the face scrubs next week.

In all honesty I only ever use to use body scrubs before a beach holiday but I’ve made it a part of my weekly routine. An extra half hour in the bathroom with a sweet scented body scrub. If you’ve never used a body scrub before you’ll come to realise after trying one that having moisturised skin is very different from having vibrant and glowing skin. Only body scrubs used weekly can achieve this. If however you’ve tried a few scrubs and have seen some of the benefits then maybe choosing a different brand specific for your skin type could give you even more glow. No harm in trying right! And as always…it’s all about the samples!

WHY EXFOLIATE ?

Skin exfoliation is about both maintaining and buffing (giving your skin a glow/shine) your skin. Because our skin is continually producing new skin cells and as we age the process of cell production slows down. What then happens is the old cells start to pile up randomly on the skin’s surface, giving it a dry, rough, dull appearance. Your skin may have become rough, hard or darkened due to pollution or exposure to dust, you can use a body scrub to remove the rough skin layer leaving you with a soft and supple skin.

Exfoliation does this by removing the old dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. It’s this dead skin that causes your skin to feel dry and look duller.  Bathing and showering with sponges no matter how tough can’t achieve the job of a good body scrub. Exfoliation is so effective because it removes those dead skin cells that are hanging on unnecessarily.

All Body scrubs with all have the following three basic ingredients. These ingredients will determine the price of the scrub based of their quality and if they are natural or synthetic. As they say…in life you get what you pay for…most times!

  1. An exfoliant – An abrasive material that rubs away the dead skin cells hanging on the surface. The exfoliant may be sugar, coffee grounds, rice bran, walnut, salt, apricot kernels, oatmeal or jojoba beads.
  2. Oil –The oil holds the mixture together and is also for easy application onto your skin. Some body scrubs typical use macadamia oil and sweet almond oil.
  3. Fragrance – This tends to come from very good quality essential oils, such as rosemary or spearmint although some body scrubs of a cheaper brand will use more synthetic ingredients to fragrance the body scrubs.

HERE ARE MY TOP FIVE RECOMMENDED BODY SCRUBS:

 

THE BODY SHOP’S SHEA BUTTER BODY SCRUB £5.00

I’ve decided to start with my favourite body scrub and of course I am forever biased with body shop products but I have used this one for years.  It’s very rich in texture and smells divine.  I find that because it’s so rich you don’t have to use a moisturiser after if you were to use it at night. It really does leave your skin soft and gleaming. This particular scrub is for dry skin types but they have an assortment of scents and scrubs for different skin types. It’s also great value for money and will last up to a month if used weekly.

According to body shop this scrub uses Shea butter from Ghana and is one of nature’s great moisturizers. Ghanaian women have used it for centuries to protect their skin from the dry Saharan winds. Body shop sources the Shea Butter from the Shea Butter Association, Northern Ghana. An association of around 400 women from 10 villages

This reformulated oil-based soft textured body scrub contains loads of exfoliating salt grains and organic sugar. The addition of Community Trade shea butter and soy oil leaves the skin beautifully soft and supple.

 

BOTANICS ROUGH SKIN SCRUB £3.56

I decided to try this particular scrub because I use some of their other products and they have been great. However this did turn out to be a case of stick to what you know! I think because it’s called ‘rough skin scrub’ I was expecting the grains to be grainer but you hardly feel the grains and I felt the need to add more of the product. This scrub is a lot more creamier than it is oily so it left more of a shine and a smoothness. I can’t however fault the value so I didn’t feel to cheated.

According to Boots  the Botanics range combines active plant extracts in carefully balanced formulations to give you the right product for your skin type. After using Botanics Rough Skin Scrub the smooth skin is ready to absorb your moisturiser and your skin feels refreshed and energised, containing Ginger which invigorates boosts and energises tired skin, while crushed Apricot and Walnut shells exfoliate.  Plant extracts at levels that really work, combined and formulated for unbeatable product performance. This product is also authenticated by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew which can only be a good indicator in terms of the quality of ingredients used.

 

MOLTON BROWN’S WARMING EUCALYPTUS BODY SCRUB £28.50


The issue with this scrub is it’s so pricey it HAS to do a good job! I do believe that most of the time we do need to pay for good qualify in beauty products. This however does not always guarantee you will get this quality. Well Molton Brown is hardly likely to disappoint but however way you look at it, it would be crazy to buy this brand of body scrub only to hate it and have to give it away or leaving it to expire amongst all your other tried and tested products.  To avoid this I asked for a generous sample so I knew what I was getting.

I had knew when I saw eucalyptus as the main ingredient it would smell medicinal.  Although not as strong as I thought I found this scrub to be just perfect. The grains are not too strong or too fine. Not only did my skin feel so soft and smooth, I felt relaxed and calm. I didn’t find it as rich as the body shop scrub but the smoothness of my skin was really amazing. I’ll be investing a tub or hinting for this as a gift!

According to Molton Brown this scrub is a potent new body treatment from Molton Brown, containing pure Australian eucalyptus leaf oil, ginger root and exfoliating Atlantic sea salts. This stimulating scrub enlivens the body and senses, exfoliates the skin, relaxes muscles and helps to detox. What you are paying for here is the quality of the ingredients and the added function of calming and soothing the senses. So you come out not only with smooth skin but your skin is buffed and you feel relaxed and calm.

JASON’S ORGANIC BODY EXFOLIANT £5.99

I chose to review this one as a matter of recommendation. I haven’t myself tried this one but my colleague has and she mentioned it as she knows I am a sucker for all things organic! This one made it into the reviews as it came highly recommended and I do plan on trying it when I next go to my local organic food store. Like the boots range I have used quite a few products in this range but didn’t set eyes on the body scrub.

I think this is good value for a natural organic product and of course the main selling point being that this product is Petroleum Free, No Animal Testing, No Animal By-Products and Paraben Free (a class of chemicals used as a beauty product preservative. It’s controversial, because they have been found in extremely low concentrations in breast cancer tumors.  Also for your knowledge, Parabens have also displayed the ability to weakly mimic estrogen (a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancer). However it should be noted however that no causal link between parabens and cancer has been established.

What my collegue said she loved most about this product is the amazing scent and the fact that it is not too greasy!

According to Jason their body exfoliant uses Walnut Shell Powder combined with deeply moisturizing Organic Cocoa Butter which helps smooth rough, dry skin. Organic Sunflower Oil nourishes skin, while Chamomile soothes.

 

 

 

Tips!

  • As with all products, check the ingredients if you may be allergic to anything.
  • Choose a scrub with granules that are not too harsh that is causes irritation or not to fine that it does not remove the dead cells.
  • Hold off on any shaving the day you want to use the scrub. Some scrubs can irritate just-shaved skin.
  • Use on slightly damp skin as oppose to very wet skin, the granules will work better to smooth away the dead cells. Avoid using scrubs on dry skin as this can cause irritation.
  • Rub it gently over your skin in a circular motion, working up from the feet and legs to your body and arms. Especially over particularly dry skin on your heels and elbows.


 

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  • maame

    My skin can never look good no matter what i do soo i gave up a long time ago lol so too late sassy chic.

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  • http://www.9javatar.blogspot.com 9javatar

    @Maamme, girl that isn’t true read the post entitiled Bone Cover on my blog, email me if you like and I assure you that you can have skin as beautiful if not better than the model in that picture. Start off with black soap. I have used it on and off for years and it works, get one that contains Shea butter and start with that also if u can access Holland & Barratts but their HRI clear complexion, it treats skin ailments from within and it is a herbal supplement so it has no side effects. Start off with this and see the different also invest in Rosehip oil pure/tincture or tablets as you like. This is good for getting rid of blemishes. I hope thus helps.

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    Sassychic Reply:

    I’m not sure about the black soap, I find it can be too harsh on the skin unless as you said skin is used to it, although with the shea butter this might calm it down. I think i’ll check out the HRI complexion from H&B that sounds interesting. Thanks for the contributions 9javatar! 

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  • http://www.9javatar.blogspot.com 9javatar

    Ignore the typos, I’m in a hurry!

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