Giving our skin some care is essential, but we all make the mistake of letting it get a little dry from time to time.
Exfoliating our bodies is key to maintaining scaly skin, especially during the summer when our extremities tend to show up more frequently. For many of us, having pins that fit into shaving ads may seem like a dream, but with the right tools, it’s certainly possible.
“Exfoliation refers to the use of chemical, granular substances or exfoliation tools that remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin,” explains Dr. Osman Bashir Tahir, a plastic surgeon at Halcyon Aesthetics.
“Exfoliation is important because it can improve the appearance of your skin in several ways. Your skin sheds dead cells, but it doesn’t always get rid of them all.”
In addition to the body, you can get tools that work for the face. Whether you need a scrub to encourage a more even skincare or cosmetic application or a smooth base for a flawless fake tan, it’s essential to find a great product that works for you.
“Exfoliation will help your skin look brighter, but it also helps absorb topical skin care products, making them more effective.” Dr. Osman adds.” It can help prevent clogged pores, which can lead to fewer breakouts.
“As we age, exfoliating helps because it helps prevent skin from looking dull.”
We’ve rounded up the best products, from an electronic facial buffer that works with your skincare routine to a good old-fashioned exfoliating brush.
Face Halo Active Skin Set + Washbag
If your skincare routine needs an overhaul, check out this Face Halo 3-piece set.
This three-piece set includes a makeup remover pad, a deep cleansing tool, and a light exfoliating pad, all in a stylish wash bag.
If you’re a fan of eco-friendly products, all of Face Halo’s packaging is fully recyclable, and the products are non-toxic, pH neutral, and reusable for up to 200 machine wash cycles.
Using the brand’s proprietary HaloTech fibers, this three-step set guarantees a clean and healthy complexion without harsh chemicals.
Suitable for all skin types, lifestyles, and locations, it removes, cleanses, and exfoliates with just the addition of water, leaving skin smooth and radiant.
For a one-stop shop that covers both face and body, look no further than the Skingredients Cleanse Off Mitt.
The bargain mitt, which will only set you back £6 (or £20 for a pack of four) is a microfibre pre-cleansing and makeup removal tool.
It makes quick work of lifting away all of the makeup, SPF, oil and pollution that’s settled on your skin throughout the day.
It can even remove stubborn mascara without using any additional product, and you can also use the mitt in the shower to exfoliate your skin all over.
Bare by Vogue Williams Luxury Exfoliating Mitt
If you prepare your skin before faux tanning, you don’t need to spend much money on a good glove.
Bare by Vogue Williams is an excellent brand for fake tanning and its accessories fit the bill.
The double-sided exfoliating glove is used with tanning products (obviously) and will prepare your skin perfectly before home bronzing.
It will scrub away the dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling very clean and smooth, making for a smooth tanning base and avoiding the dreaded tiger bread effect.
Unlike many scrubbing gloves, it also has a thumb, which makes it easier to move around your body as you exfoliate.
VOYA Exfoliating Body Brush
For a more traditional exfoliation brush which will really get at the tougher dry patches all over your body, VOYA is the brand to know.
Made with cactus bristles, the natural body brush allows you to remove the dry skin cells and exfoliate effectively, stimulating the skin to leave it feeling renewed.
The VOYA brush targets the appearance of cellulite and ingrown hairs too, and will improve the overall texture and tone of the skin.
Coco & Eve Glow Figure Jelly Massage Mitt
This massaging mitt from Coco & Eve is slightly different from your average mitt as it’s made from a lightweight jelly silicone.
With a gentle yet intense exfoliation, it will prepare your skin for any occasion, and takes a different approach to your pre-tanning routine.
It gives a great, intense exfoliation to the typically very dry areas such as elbows, knees and feet, so you can really go at it.
It also boosts your circulation, in turn helping to tone and tighten the skin.
This product is a bit of a multi-use wonder as it can also double up as a dry body brush to remove dead skin cells.
FOREO Luna 3
Take your beauty routine into the realm of technology with the FOREO device. The Luna 3 is a high-tech 2-in-1 cleansing and firming tool that exfoliates and leaves skin feeling fresh.
Made of velvety soft silicone, the device is anti-bacterial and 35 times more hygienic than nylon brushes.
It removes impurities deep within the pores, thus reducing the chances of breakouts.
While its massaging surface will boost microcirculation and give you a brighter, healthier complexion, the silicone contacts gently exfoliate the face, expelling dead skin cells with zero abrasion.
Tangle Teezer Scalp Exfoliator & Massager
When it comes to exfoliating, we always think of our bodies and faces, but our scalps need the same care and attention too!
The much-loved brand Tangle Teezer has its scalp exfoliator at the bargain price of £8 and is known to many as the ‘scalp cure.’
The International Congress of Trichology recommends it for all hair types, and its innovative technology combines two tooth lengths to ensure the whole scalp is exfoliated.
The longer teeth provide an invigorating scalp exfoliation, removing dead skin cells and product build-up, leaving hair feeling refreshed and shiny, while the shorter teeth hit the spot when it comes to pressure points.
PMD Personal Microderm Classic
If you want to take the salon home, it’s worth investing in a device like the PMD Personal Dermabrasion Machine.
This handheld device offers the same exfoliation and skin purifying results as dermabrasion treatments in medical spas and salons, but at a fraction of the price.
The device is straightforward, and its technology combines deep exfoliation and vacuum suction to make the skin look brighter, smoother, and more vibrant than ever before.
It chooses the same aluminum oxide crystals used in professional machines, forming a flat, rough disc that profoundly exfoliates the skin.
The vacuum of the device instantly removes dead skin cells, thus activating the skin’s innate healing mechanisms and stimulating cell renewal and collagen production in the upper layers of the skin.
The kit also has special body discs so the device can be used on legs and feet.
Ecooking Derma Roller
If you’ve not tried out derma rolling, you need to give this Ecooking one a try. The exfoliating skincare device is anti-ageing and works to improve tone and texture.
Suitable for use on the face, neck and décolleté, it works on all skin types, stimulating circulation and improving elasticity for a firmer and more youthful-looking facial contour.
Lightweight and easy to use, the roller helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, tighten sagging skin and reduce the appearance of pores, scars and pigmentation.