There’s nothing like a good exfoliating scrub to perk up dull and often chronically neglected winter skin. No longer may it hide blissfully behind oversized knits and jeans; summertime is our skin’s time to shine (and let’s hope not in the literal greasy sense). Exfoliating is a crucial stage in preparing skin for its big summer debut. It removes the dead and dry skin cells on the surface, revealing brighter, healthier, more evenly-toned skin. It will unclog pores, fade the appearance of scars and blemishes and leave a clean base for any moisturiser or (if you’re anything like me) false tan product you may intend to PLASTER on before you don your summer dress.
When scouring the shelves of Boots in search of the perfect summer scrub I was met with, as always, too much choice. A vast array of prices, polishes and pongs, each eager to rid me of my unwanted skin cells (ew). My main three contenders were Soap & Glory, Sanctuary and Burt’s Bees, all ranging between the £8-£12ish mark. I’d read about Soap & Glory’s ‘Flake Away’ and ‘Pulp Friction’ exfoliators being impressive, and I’ll be trying those out next, but it was Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub (£12.99) that won me over, almost entirely because of its gloriously summery smell.
This. Smells. Divine. And the smell lasts on your skin long after your shower. It’s fruity but not overpoweringly sweet; perfect for summer. The scrub itself is quite rough on the skin as it’s made with sugar and seeds, but the best part about this formula is that it’s oil-based, so your skin is left feeling utterly soothed and silky-smooth. It leaves a thin layer of oil on the skin which soon sinks in, locking in hydration and eliminating the need to moisturise post-shower.
Although this little tub proved impossible to unscrew once hands became wet in the shower, I think the packaging is rather cute and certainly suits the ‘100% natural and organic’ image of the brand. I find some of the Soap & Glory packaging a bit garish and tacky; this looked nice on the bathroom shelf. For the price, however, I had expected to get more scrub – it didn’t last as long as it should have for £12.99. But then again, I’ve been using it to remove stubborn fake tan (which it has been fantastic at) at least once a week.
I’ve seen such a difference since using this product and will certainly repurchase. Just like their lip balm (which is the best lip balm I’ve ever used), Burt’s Bees products seem to really work. It’s just a lovely bonus that they’re packed with natural goodness, too.