Best Exfoliators for Summer

Current Favourite Exfoliators

I do love a good exfoliator and I’ve gathered up my favourites so I can tell you all about them. I recently went to a family wedding & so I wanted my skin to look its best – on my face, hands and body so I have been exfoliating like a maniac these past few weeks. Not to mention the fact the UK is experiencing a sustained period of gloriously warm weather which means my legs & arms are out a lot more than usual so having a good exfoliator helps remove all that SPF and keep them looking their best.

Current Favourite Exfoliators

Previse Marine Granules Skin Brightening Botanical Scrub

I reviewed this facial exfoliator recently so I won’t go on about it too much, it is a great Vegan, Green and Cruelty-Free option if that ticks boxes for you! It is also mineral oil, synthetic fragrance-free and contains no parabens or petroleum.

This gentle exfoliator blends fossilised algae with jojoba and botanical extracts to gently buff the skin. This has a gel-like texture with lots of very fine scrubbies which exfoliate away all the dirt and grime your skin clings on to from the day. It works wonders on my blackheads & leaves skin feeling smooth without being abrasive. I love using this in the morning as it leaves my skin so smooth and my makeup sits so well after using this. It also stimulates cell renewal and gives your skin a healthy, fresh glow.

Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator

This is one of my absolute favourite affordable skincare ranges, the Vitamin E range from Superdrug is incredible for hydrating, nourishing and preventing premature ageing. I have used up so many bottles of this Oatmeal Exfoliator and it is so good at keeping skin smooth and looking radiant. It is a great gentle option and oats are renowned for being calming and soothing too, so your skin is in good hands with this product. I always stock up when Superdrug have it on offer. All Superdrug own branded products are Cruetly Free and Leaping Bunny approved!

Merumaya Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel 

This peel doesn’t have any exfoliating scrubbies instead it smooths, brightens and removes dead skin with glycolic acid and pomegranate enzymes. I apply a generous layer once or twice a week as part of my morning skincare routine and leave it on for 15 minutes to work its magic (or should I say science).

Aloe Vera and humectants help maintain the right moisture balance, Allantoin and a high strength calming complex soothe the skin during and after the peel. This peel is amazing at refreshing and rejuvenating your skin and is a good product to use in the lead up to a special event.

• Reduce blemishes, congestion and blockages.
• Refine and reduce the appearance of pores.
• Re-texturise all skin types so it is smoother
• Soften signs of skin-ageing.
• Prevent ingrown hairs for men.

best exfoliators for summer

Tropic Body Smooth Refreshing Polish 

Not all exfoliators are created equal and let me just tell you that this Tropic Body Polish is out of this world – it is a pot of utter luxury for your skin. My body has never felt so smooth. I’m in love with this stuff. I use it a couple of times a week and as you can see from the photo I have used over half and I will be repurchasing it without question! Oh, Tropic products are all Vegan, Cruelty-Free & are Leaping Bunny approved so that is amazing, their range is also manufactured right here in the UK in their Surrey Beauty Kitchen.

It’s packaged in this lovely glass jar and comes with the cutest little bamboo spoon so you can scoop just enough product out without having to dip your fingers in (love the attention to detail). The first thing you notice is the uplifting zesty scent which is incredible and such a lovely Summer fragrance. It has a blend of invigorating, zesty essential oils, mineral-rich sea salts and exotic pure plant extracts. Enriched with vitamin e and lemon myrtlet.

It exfoliates away dead skin with ease and the blend of oils help nourish skin so it doesn’t dry out and it leaves it feeling unbelievably soft. If you like to treat yourself to nice skincare then this product has to be top of your list to try! Its ingredient list is short but jam-packed full of wonderful skin beneficial

Mineral Rich Organic Sea Salts, Organic Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Oil, Rosehip Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils of Australian Lemon Myrtle, Eucalyptus, Lime, Lemon, Bergamot and Peppermint

Jurlique Exfoliating Hand Treatment

One of my resolutions this year was to take better care of my hands. I mean I do a whole skincare routine for my face and always use body lotions and oils but my hands more often than not get overlooked and it has been nice really taking the time to look after them. I do a whole handcare routine when I am doing my at home manicure and this Jurlique Exfoliating Hand Treatment has a creamy texture with tiny exfoliating Jojoba beads which provide just enough scrub without being abrasive.

I like that this is a multi-benefit 2 in 1 treatment mask and scrub. Apply a generous amount to the backs of your hands, fingers and forearms, relax for 5 minutes then with a little warm water massage off making use of the Jojoba beads. It leaves your hands velvety soft, smooth and nourished. It includes,

  • Red & White Clay – to absorb impurities
  • Jojoba Beads – to gently exfoliate
  • Shea Butter – to soften and hydrate
  • Calendula Extract – to nourish and protect

A great product if you find your hands are taking the brunt of this warm weather, it is nice and luxurious to take the time to apply a mask to your hands and it leaves your hands feeling amazing once you’ve washed it off exfoliating away all the dead skin.

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Tropic Skincare Summer Releases

Tropic Sun Skincare

Tropic Sun Skincare

Tropic Skin Care has released some fantastic products for the Summer and I have been putting two of them to the test. Their Summer essentials include Mineral Sunscreens, a Self Tanning range, Shimmer Treats and a soothing Aftersun Lotion. So Tropic have everything you need to see you through the Summer.

Tropic Tinted Skin Shade

This is a tinted facial sunscreen and is available in two shades, Light to Medium and Medium to dark. This is a water-resistant SPF50 mineral sunscreen, it provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection whilst also giving your skin a healthy natural tint.

As we are all aware sun exposure can be dangerous and sunscreen is an essential part of preventing premature ageing, reducing sun spots and skin discolouration and of reducing your risk of skin cancer. So when I can find a sunscreen that also provides a little coverage I’m all over it. I like products that are a 2 in 1 and I love that this Tropic Tinted Skin Shade gives me a natural healthy tint of colour whilst not compromising on the quality of the SPF protection.

As I said I have the Light / Medium shade and have been enjoying using this alone as my base for a couple of weeks. It gives my skin a beautiful touch of colour and a healthy glow. It also evens out my skintone but still lets my freckles show through which I like. It feels comfortable on my skin, is very easy to apply, blend (I use my fingers) and to top up throughout the day. It is the perfect product for creating a lightweight, fresh Summer look and perfect for taking with you on holiday. I have been using a facial SPF daily for a couple of years now and having one that gives you the benefits of high SPF protection, is tinted and contains lovely skincare ingredients to just ticks all the boxes.

• Extracts of passion flower oil, high in omega 6, retain your skin’s natural moisture

• Australian aniseed myrtle and wild hibiscus flower extract actively eliminate free radicals and promote younger looking skin

  • –  100% mineral sun protection
  • –  Free from toxic chemicals
  • –  Broad spectrum (UVA/UVB protection)
  • –  Kinder to the environment
  • –  Gentle on sensitive skin
  • –  Water resistant

I’m so impressed with how lovely this looks on my skin and how nice it feels. It is one of those products you look forward to using every day.

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Tropic Summer Goddess Shimmering Body Oil

This shimmering body oil is 100% Summer in a bottle, it looks so pretty and smells beautiful too. It makes me wish I was heading to IBIZA on holiday but sadly that is not happening, although I do live in Cornwall so I have been slathering this all over my limbs to get that radiant holiday glow.

• With organic virgin coconut and golden jojoba oils to hydrate and nourish skin

• Scents from Tahitian and bourbon vanilla keep you smelling delicious

This won’t make you look like you have covered your body in glitter but instead makes your skin glisten with a subtly shimmery, golden glow and the gorgeous oil hydrates and nourishes the skin keeping it looking and feeling its best. I give it a quick shake to disperse the shimmer particles then I  massage a good amount on my arms, legs and décolletage. It instantly makes them look golden and gives them that sexy holiday glow and the

This is a limited edition product so if you want it you best be quick.

Tropic Skincare New Summer Releases

Tropic Skin Care are a Vegan and Cruelty-Free brand and their products are free from,

Parabens • SLS/ALS (sodium/ammonium lauryl sulphate) • unsustainable palm oils • formaldehydes • phthalates • alcohol • MI (methylisothiazolinone) • petrochemicals • mineral oils • gluten • lanolin • triclosan • beeswax/honey • harsh preservatives • toxic chemicals • microbeads

Tropic Skincare is available online at www.tropicskincare.co.uk

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Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Products

Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Products

Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Products

When it comes to bodycare there is one brand that I know I can rely on to work its magic and that is Vaseline. Having been around since 1870 it is not surprising that they’re such a household name and have such a wide range of great quality but also affordable products. I have been trying out a few products from their Cocoa Radiant Collection which is enriched with cocoa and shea butter and the whole collection smells incredible!

Vaseline say that:-

‘Our rich feel formula combines pure cocoa butter + stratys multi-layer moisture 3 penetrating deeply, infusing moisture at the top, core and deep down layers, igniting skin’s natural glow at the source’

Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Intensive Care Body Lotion £3.65

This body lotion is ideal if you suffer with quite dry, flaky skin. It is rich and quite thick in consistency but once massaged into your skin it leaves it feeling soft and hydrated. It gives you long lasting hydrating and I really like using this morning & night it leaves my skin feeling really nourished, very smooth and it gives it a healthy glow. I like that although this lotion is nourishing it isn’t at all greasy on the skin. Just be aware if you’re using this during the day it doesn’t contain SPF.

Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Spray Moisturiser £5.99

I know that a lot of people think these spray on moisturisers are a bit of a gimmick but it is super easy to use and the nozzle sprays out a good amount of product. The consistency is more liquidy than I thought it would be so I like to quickly rub it in after I have applied it absorbs very quickly and is a lot more lightweight than the lotion. This is fantastic to travel with as it is lightweight and takes up very little room and you can rely on it to keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated but not sticky or greasy.

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy £1.99

These Lip Therapy tins take me way back – I have owned so many over the years and I love getting my hands on the fun limited edition ones too. This Cocoa Butter one smells good enough to eat (although I wouldn’t recommend it). These are a great handbag staple for me and the tins are super durable and can get knocked about every which way in the bottom of your bag but the lid never comes off. I like to apply this to give my lips a pretty sheen and I have found them to be great on top of lipstick to give them a glossy finish. I find that if I have quite sore, chapped lips then this isn’t the best thing to put on them.

This Cocoa Radiant Collection is perfect for tackling dry skin, giving it a healthy, natural glow, with Summer just on the horizon it will be great at helping my legs in particular to be Summer ready.

I know that everyone has their favourite range from Vaseline and the Cocoa Butter Collection is my forever repurchase and next on my To Buy List is the Body Gel. Let me know which collection is your favourite.

Vaseline is a brand that is so easy to get hold of as it is sold in most leading supermarkets and chemists including Boots, Superdrug and Wilko. Products in this range start at £1.99.

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Limited Edition LookFantastic x Jurlique Beauty Box

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Jurlique Look Fantastic Beauty Box

I think as I’m writing this that the #LFxJurlique Beauty Box* has sold out – in record time. I can 100% understand why, this box is jam packed with skin loving treats from Australian skincare experts Jurlique. As with all the LookFantastic Beauty Boxes it was fantastic value for money and a great introduction to Jurlique as the box includes many of their best selling Rose Hydration products.

The luxurious contents of this box are worth over £85 but retailed at just £40. This box includes many of Jurlique’s best selling Rose products, which are all available individually too.

The products included in the box will give you the Jurlique hydration skincare ritual covering: cleanse, mist, serum, moisturise; plus a bonus treat for your hands.

ltd Edition Look Fantastic Jurlique Beauty Box

  • Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cleanser 100ml (Full Size)
  • Rosewater Balancing Mist 30ml (Deluxe Sample)
  • Rose Moisture Plus Restoring Serum 30ml (Full Size)
  • Moisture Replenishing Day Cream 15ml (Deluxe Sample)
  • Rose Hand Cream 15ml (Deluxe Sample)
  • Jurlique Drawstring Bag (Full Size)

Jurlique Beauty Box

I’m excited to see some of my favourite Jurlique products included in this box, the Rose Hand Cream is beautifully hydrating and leaves your hands feeling soft and smooth, I always have a tube of this on the go. Their Rosewater Balancing Mist is one of Jurlique’s best known products and is perfect for refreshing your skin (especially during the Summer) and giving the skin a boost of hydration. I leave this sat on my desk so I can spritz it throughout the day, its nice both under makeup or on top to refresh the skin.

I’m excited to try the Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cleanser It sounds very gentle and lovely for days when your skin is feeling dry and looking dull. The ingredients enhance cell turnover and dissolve dirt and impurities so this will work well as an evening cleanse to remove all that pollution and dirt from the skin and enhance skins radiance.

All the products in this box are luxurious and have a list of skin loving ingredients, of course at the centre are the beautiful roses which are grown on Jurlique’s biodynamic, organic farm which is nestled in the Adelaide Hills of Australia. The farm uses steam, water and fire to extract the intense hydrating properties of roses for the Rose Hydration Range. If you’re ever lucky enough to be Adelaide you can book a tour of the Jurlique Farm to see and learn about the nature and science behind our skin care products.

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If you tend to shy away from Rose scented products because you think they are a little old fashioned or smell too floral don’t let that put you off. Jurlique’s Rose Collection is delicate and light in scent and smells a lot more modern and dewy. If you have the chance you must try it for yourself I think you will be surprised at how lovely and fresh the scent is.

Did you manage to get your hands on this Beauty Box? I would love to hear what Jurlique products you love and use in your skincare routine. Oh & Jurlique are running a competition to win the Jurlique Iconic Collection worth £152 – more details below.

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