Beauty buzz: body scrubs
Body scrubs are as much about exfoliating the skin as stimulating blood circulation for brighter, smoother skin. No matter which one of our picks you go for, make sure you massage areas which tend to be dry and tough, such as elbows, ankles and knees.
Crabtree & Evelyn’s Skin Invigorating Deep Cleansing Body Scrub (HK$275/175ml) from the brand’s Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus and Sage collection is a mild gel-like product. The round, soft sunflower-wax granules exfoliate gently, which makes the scrub suitable for frequent use. Vitamin C-rich Tarocco blood orange, eucalyptus and sage extracts are said to cleanse, detoxify and deodorise the skin.
Malin + Goetz’s Peppermint Body Scrub (HK$260/220ml), an amino acid-based foaming gel scrub that combines peppermint, bamboo and pumice, has the finest grain of these four products, but is a highly effective exfoliator. The scent is a little grassy but the antiseptic peppermint really wakes up the senses and leaves skin feeling cool and smooth, without being greasy.
Pangea Organics’ Brazilian Brown Sugar with Cocoa Butter Body Polish (HK$219/ 226ml) claims to be good for all skin types, including sensitive ones. The clear, whitish product has a subtle, soothing scent, courtesy of its essential oil aroma blend of grapefruit, lavender, geranium and thyme. The sugar feels good on the skin, while antioxidant B vitamins and minerals such as calcium and potassium soften and condition. The cocoa butter promotes skin elasticity.
Fresh Line’s Kyveli Royal Sugar Scrub (HK$369/500ml) is infused with oils, essence oils and butters derived from natural ingredients such as avocado, sweet almond, cinnamon, patchouli, rose and ylang-ylang to renew, soften and hydrate the skin. Its sugar has the coarsest texture of these products, making it best for removing dead skin. Pat dry your body afterwards to retain the scrub’s moisturising oils. The downside is it has a little too much glitter.