YOU SCRUB UP AL­RIGHT

To max­imise the ben­e­fits of hy­drat­ing creams and serums, make sure to in­clude ex­fo­li­at­ing in your pre- wed­ding beauty regime.

New Zealand Weddings - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten and styled by PAMELA MCINTOSH

Add ex­fo­li­at­ing to your beauty regime

WHAT IS EX­FO­LI­A­TION?

Ex­fo­li­a­tion, also known as skin pol­ish­ing or body scrub­bing, is es­sen­tial for dewy, glow­ing skin. It works sim­i­larly to how sand­pa­per re­moves the outer layer of the ma­te­rial it’s rubbed over. But be­fore you screw your nose up – we promise you – skin ex­fo­li­a­tion is far more gen­tle (and re­ward­ing!). Beauty prod­ucts that boast ex­fo­li­at­ing, pol­ish­ing or scrub­bing prop­er­ties of­ten in­clude in­gre­di­ents such as jo­joba beads or wal­nut shells, which are able to gen­tly buff away dead skin cells from the sur­face of your skin (that’s the part that al­lows any good­ness you put in to re­ally work). Ex­fo­li­a­tion also as­sists with skin re­ju­ve­na­tion, elas­tic­ity, cir­cu­la­tion and col­la­gen pro­duc­tion – and can help to clear up con­gested skin on the face, back and chest.

HOW DO I EX­FO­LI­ATE?

It doesn’t need to be a lengthy or messy process. Prior to your shower or cleans­ing your face, ex­fo­li­ate clean skin with an ex­fo­li­at­ing prod­uct spe­cific to your need – face or body. Be mind­ful that a more gritty ‘scrub­bing’ in­gre­di­ent doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean a bet­ter re­sult. It’s about what works best for your skin and your re­quire­ments.

If you’re keen to call on the pro­fes­sion­als, ex­fo­li­a­tion gets a bit more in­tense; mi­cro­der­mabra­sion, en­zyme ex­fo­li­a­tion, chem­i­cal peels and body scrub ser­vices are all avail­able. A pro­fes­sional ser­vice will be costly com­pared to your at-home hand­i­work, but it’s the per­fect pr e - wedd i ng treat and dou­bles up as a wel­come time for some rest and re­lax­ation.

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We love: (From left to right) L’Oréal Paris Smooth Sugar Scrubs Glow Scrub, 50ml, $20; Kiehl’s Gen­tly Ex­fo­li­at­ing Body Scrub, 250ml, $59; De­signer Brand Lip Cock­tail De­li­cious Lip Scrub in I Want Candy, $13; Nellie Tier Body Scrub in Ylang Ylang & Berg­amot, $41; Bees Bril­liance Ex­fo­li­at­ing Cleanser, $32; Co­corose Pink Grape­fruit + Mint Body Scrub, $19; Sugar Cube Co Pink Grape­fruit Glow Or­ganic Sugar Scrub, $28; Natio Well­ness Body Scrub, $23; NZ Spa Wild Daisy Body Scrub, $32; Kather­ine Daniels Gen­tle Oil and Salt Ex­fo­lia­tor, $65; Avène Gen­tle Ex­fo­li­at­ing Gel, $46.

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