For smoother skin, Jennifer Lopez pours sea salt into a cut lemon and grinds it into her elbows, heels and knees. Eva Longoria rubs herself down with a mixture of sugar and olive oil. The sugar, a natural exfoliant, leaves her skin gleaming. Smooth, satiny skin is sexy, and the key always is good exfoliation. A regular buff-up removes dead cells from the surface, exposing skin that’s more even in colour, smoother in texture and brighter in tone. If you are in the mood for luxe, try Lalicious’ Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub in Sugar Lemon Blossom ($ 69), a gentle exfoliant with enough grunt to reduce rough patches on the elbows, knees and feet. Why buy? Leaves skin feeling and smelling delicious.
A world in which chocolate is good for you — not only capable of lifting you out of the doldrums but positively brimming with health and beauty benefits — is a happy place indeed. Choc-full of antioxidants, proven to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, capable of decreasing the risks of cancer and depression, the list of chocolate’s attributes are as long as the queue of people lining up to get their recommended 30g a day. But chocolate’s benefits for skin are also legendary. High in flavonols, it’s linked to significant improvements in tone, texture and hydration. In the US, Hershey has even opened a chocolate day spa dedicated to it, with luxe treatments celebrating the benefits of virgin cocoa butter. You’ll find cocoa butter in many products, including Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil Lip Balm ($ 21).
Why buy? Perfect summer salve to keep in your handbag/glove compartment/office drawer.
Beauty is even skin tone. Reducing pigmentation and dullness makes everyone look younger, fresher and more vital, as well as lessening a dependency on foundation and concealer. A key ingredient in Antipodes Apostle Skin Brightening & Tone Correcting Serum ($ 65) is Vinanza Performance Plus, an antioxidant blend drawn from sauvignon blanc grapes and kiwifruit skin that helps target and reduce pigmentation. It also contains Vinanza Oxifend, from pinot noir grape seeds, a proven anti-inflammatory. In-vitro lab tests showed the serum effectively defends human skin cells from free radical damage and inhibits oxidative stress by up to 90 per cent.
Why buy? Natural, New Zealand-based, effective and subject to scientific inquiry.