The shower is my escape after a long, busy week. There’s nothing better than coming home on a Friday night, running a hot shower, and washing away the day with a handful of my favorite scrub. The steam and the fragrance create my own little spa-like experience. Here are a few of my new faves:
This scrub hits all the right notes: magnolia, sandalwood and mandarin. It has an oriental fragrance, and it caught the attention of my friends and even scored me a few compliments.
So this one’s a bit of a splurge but this scrub’s results make it worth it. The bamboo powders slough away dry, rough skin while the hydrating shea butter moisturizes my arms and legs so they look glowy and polished. Plus a little goes a long way so it lasts a long time.
One whiff of this mouth-watering fragrance and you’ll do a double-take at the price tag. The spicy vanilla rum scent feels sultry (like some pricier options) and the sugar crystals mixed with sweet apricot and almond oils make it a real treat for your skin.
—Jessica Carter, beauty intern
Dry, dead skin is our summer glow’s kryptonite. From the sticky gym to grimy subway rides, we run our complexion into the ground. When our faces are nearly as flaky as our mom’s apple pie crust, we turn to exfoliators to reveal young, radiant skin. We hit up Beverly Hills dermatologist Debra Luftman to give us the scoop on how to safely slough during sunny months.
New Skin + Sun = Damage Exfoliating reveals a brighter complexion, but you can actually do more harm than good if you’re not cautious about staying out of the sun. “One needs to be careful during the summer after using peels and scrubs,” Luftman says. “Skin can often be inflamed or more sun sensitive.” She warns that because it is new, previously unexposed skin, permanent hyper pigmentation and/or scarring may occur.
Physical (And Chemical) Education There are a couple of ways to smooth your skin. Dr. Luftman breaks down the options:
Physical exfoliators: Srubs that physically remove the dead skin with beads, salt, sugar or a granular material. Choose a scrub with rounded, non-irritating beads, which won’t tear or abrade the skin. Luftman’s pick: Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
Chemical exfoliators: These contain acids like glycolic, salicylic, lactic and malic. These ingredients loosen and lift dead cells, leaving new, vibrant skin behind. Editor’s pick: Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel
Make A Weekend Of It “It’s best to do a peel when there is an opportunity to stay out of the sun for at least two days, like on a weekend,” Luftman says. “Even after the wait period, it’s important to continually protect the skin with sunscreen.” She recommends slathering a broad spectrum SPF 30 or above on all exposed areas daily. You can’t overdo it!
—By Cody Marick, beauty intern
Categories: Beauty On the Go, Skin Savers | Tags: Beauty On the Go, Beverly Hills dermatologist Debra Luftman, brown spots, chemical exfoliator, dermatologist advice, Exfoliating, hyper pigmentation, peel, physical exfoliator, Scrub, SPF, summer beauty, sun damage, sun protection
After a long, hard week, there’s nothing better than a relaxing hot shower. To make your experience more like the a spa treatment, try lathering up with Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash. This cleanser contains nine percent glycolic acid to exfoliate rather than beads or granules, so it leaves your skin feeling as smooth and your tub clean— and also helps to even out discolored patches.
Tell us: What’s your favorite “treatment” body wash?
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern