5 powerhouse exfoliants to prep your summer tan
We've all been there. You're about to rush out the door, you comb up your brows, dab a little Skin Illuminator in Shimmer on your cheekbones, some Lip-To-Cheek in Burgundy on your lips and you see it: a dark, bronze smear like a coffee stain all over your wrist. Then - oh no, it's on your jawline, the crease of your underarms, your knees, your feet! "If only I'd had time to exfoliate!" you cry. Well guess what, we've scrubbed up on the best, immediate exfoliants around to save you the time and torture of a less-than-perfect tan. Because summer is for fun and free-spiritedness and we want you to boast your best Biarritz bronze... even if you haven't left the house.
1. Go-To Exfoliating Swipeys for the face, neck and décolletage.
These single-use wipes are a godsend for those of us (all of us?) who are constantly on the go. They give a really thorough cleanse and exfoliate with the use of naturally-occurring AHA and BHA's that thoroughly remove dead skin cells, refine your skin's texture, minimise the appearance of fine lines and deeply moisturise your complexion. They are super gentle so your skin will be well prepared to receive your Tanning Lotion, Mousse or Gel, or even your LB Cream if a smooth and seamless base is what you are after.
2. Our very own Double Sided Exfoliating Mitt.
The latest edition to our Tanning folio, this malleable mitt is the perfect travel companion: use it wet to lather and scrub, or dry to brush and boost, this little mitt aids lymphatic drainage, plumps your complexion and sloughs away dead skin. Gentle enough for the face but powerful enough for the body, once you're done simply rinse it with clean water and hang it out to dry. Because when it comes to preparing for your best ever tan, two sides are always better than one.
3. Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial.
A testament to modern-day multitasking, this mask resurfaces your complexion while you sleep! Make a note the day before you tan to clean and apply a thin layer of this transforming overnight treatment to your face, neck and décolletage and allow the glycolic and lactic acid to soften fine lines, hydrate and refine your skin's texture and reveal a glowing, renewed complexion by morning - just in time to apply your favourite Tanning Lotion, Gel or Mousse. Twice the glow in half the time.
4. Josie Maran's Sugar Balm Body Scrub.
Proof that natural skincare can often pack more of a punch, this formulation boasts incredible hydrating properties from its rich Argan Oil content. Add a little polishing effect from the organic sugar crystals suspended in the mix and what you have is a deliciously nourishing balm that promotes overall skin health as well as a jar of potent tan prep. Oh, and it even comes with a little wooden spatula that calls to the unbridled sense of "Hygge" in all of us.
5. Frank Body - The Original Body Scrub.
They don't call it "The Frank Effect" for nothing. The original exfoliant has garnered a following of 690k devoted instagram followers - and with good reason. This caffeine infused mechanical scrub boosts circulation, improves blood flow, skin tone and overall texture while it sloughs away dead skin cells. And did we mention it actually combats cellulite? Plus: coffee. What else is there to say.