The Best Summer Scrubs
Rub a dub dub, we love a good scrub! When SPF, sweat and daily grime need more than a little rinse off (sorry, swimming doesn’t count), polish away the gunk with these delights and soft, glowing skin will be revealed like magic.
Josie Maran Argan Powder Exfoliator, $49, Sephora
Buff away dullness and get glowing with a supremely cleansed, renewed complexion. An effective, non-irritating deep clean, Josie Maran has graciously graced our faces with our new favourite exfoliator in a genius powder formula. When poured into wet palms, this magic potion turns into a luxuriously creamy paste that can be used to polish skin and lips. Created with crushed Argan shells and rice powder, this scrub is gentle yet super effective and feels absolutely amazing to use. Throw in the fact it packs a potent natural punch of antioxidants and skin soothing and clearing ingredients and we’re thrilled to say this will be a year-round must have.
Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub, $22.95, Cosmetics Now Canada
Delicate lips need a special formula to exfoliate in a gentler way. Buff away dead skin (read: flakes) with the creamy, luscious Sugar Lip Scrub, which gently buffs with finely granulated sweet sugar, almond and walnut shell while itnourishes with jojoba seed and olive oils, shea and cocoa butters and vitamins A, C and E.
Clarins Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream, $34, Clarins
For the most fun you’ll ever have while exfoliating, sweep on Clarins’ creamy peel off formula. Natural clay ensures skin is renewed, while Primrose extract soothes while restoring skin’s ideal pH balance. After thoroughly washing your face, apply a thin layer and wait one minute. Then, with gentle, sweeping motions, work from the centre of the face outwards to remove the mask. Hold skin taught with one hand to avoid pulling, and keep your face over the sink: this stuff (and dead skin) comes off in a million tiny little bits.
Dr. Perricone Blue Plasma, $115, The Shopping Channel
This unique, popsicle-coloured treatment is gentle yet super effective and unlike any other formula. Non-acidic (read: no redness or irritation) and easily applied simply with fingers, the “cutting edge liquid treatment works with Bio-specific Peeling to attack only dead skin cells, Micro-extraction to lift surface debris, unclogging and purifying the skin of build-up and finally Hydro-fusion to rebalance skin’s hydration with enrich water.”
Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, $45, Sephora
Step one in nixing dullness is a good scrub. Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish is as yummy as it sounds: gently exfoliating skin with — you guessed it — real brown sugar crystals, this scrub smells and feels supremely divine. Start at your toes and work your way up in circular motions, buffing away all signs of dull, dry skin. Invigorating, revitalizing and brightening ingredients, like a cocktail of precious oils and ginseng root, leave you with the smoothest skin you’ve ever had in your life.
Bliss Hot Salt Scrub, $44, The Shopping Channel
Scrub away all signs of stress with this spa-strength (and scented!) potion. Spiked with rosemary and eucalyptus oils and a self heating formula make for a close-your-eyes-and-inhale-deeply sort of transcendent experience, while the super softening glycerin and algae extract leave limbs deliciously smooth.
Clarisonic Velvet Foam Body Brush Head, $36, Clarisonic
This little wonder brush doesn’t stop at your face: in fact, there are a few varieties of brushes for the body. The supremely soft bristles on the Velvet Foam Body Brush Head smooth skin thanks to their ultra long, tapered filaments. Flexible and extra cushy, it creates a beautiful foaming lather for an ultra clean, exfoliated result.
Alterna Caviar Clinical Exfoliating Scalp Treatment, $45, Sephora
Scalps need a good scrub, too! Especially in the summer heat when there’s extra sweat and product (dry shampoo, anyone?) buildup. Really give your head a good, deep cleaning (and weekly after that) by indulging in Alterna’s Exfoliating Scalp Facial treatment to exfoliate and cleanse away product buildup. First of all, this stuff feels absoluely incredibly and truly soothes, cleanses, and moisturizes for the healthiest scalp possible. The formula features tiny exfoliating microbeads that are distributed with a unique brush-like applicator. Massaged into small sections in a circular motion, this is the most relaxing and enjoyable way to rebalance and really cleanse your scalp for a completely comfortable result.