Beauty: Bril­liant body boost­ers

Buff, smooth and soften your way to a fab fig­ure

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Chances are that our bath­rooms are burst­ing with prod­ucts de­signed for faces, but what about our bod­ies? It’s the largest or­gan we have, so we should be treat­ing it with the same care we do our faces. Body­care with added ben­e­fits is eas­ier to find than ever, so now you can bathe and buff your way to a beau­ti­ful body…

1 Bath time

Even though baths are a time to chill out, hot wa­ter tem­per­a­tures and foam­ing for­mu­las can dry out skin. While bub­bles are tempt­ing, your skin will thank you for a dose of Ame­lio­rate Soft­en­ing Bath Milk Oil, £19. As well as soft­en­ing the wa­ter it­self, the com­bi­na­tion of sooth­ing col­loidal oats plus camelina and al­mond oils take care of the bumpy, rough skin that’s of­ten found on arms, legs and knees. Cleopa­tra would buy shares in this stuff…

2 Mask mar­vel

While you can use face masks on ev­ery part of you, body-spe­cific ones tend to be more con­cen­trated – ideal if you have a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem. En­larged pores and black­heads aren’t ex­clu­sive to our faces, with backs and the dé­col­letage known trou­blespots. The Body Shop Spa Of The World Hi­malayan Char­coal Body Clay, £18, draws out im­pu­ri­ties and, on con­gested ar­eas, will help break down se­bum for clearer skin.

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3 Buff your body

Up­grade your reg­u­lar shower gel for some­thing a lit­tle fancier. Liz Earle Cleanse & Pol­ish Body Gen­tle Mitt Cleanser, £19, mim­ics its cult clas­sic fa­cial cleanser, from the mois­tur­is­ing plant oils to the ac­com­pa­ny­ing wash cloth. This gets rid of grime and smooths bumps, while the eu­ca­lyp­tus scent is a sure-fire way to perk you up on a dark morn­ing.

4 Mois­turis­ers that do more

Body lo­tion is more of an af­ter­thought for most, of­ten for­got­ten about in a rush to get dressed. Choos­ing for­mu­las sim­i­lar to prod­ucts de­signed for your face will do more for the skin on your body than merely pam­per­ing it. Nip + Fab Gly­colic Fix Body Cream, £9.99, has a low dose of gly­colic acid that acts as a gen­tle ex­fo­lia­tor – ideal for bumpy thighs – while Neu­tro­gena Hy­dro Boost Body Gel Cream, £5.99, works won­ders on dry shins and knees.

5 Have a help­ing hand

Re­peated wash­ing, not to men­tion near-con­stant sun ex­po­sure, have a dry­ing ef­fect on our hands. If greasy, heavy for­mu­las put you off, you’ll love Su­per­drug Oat & Co­conut In­ten­sive Hand Cream, £4.99, which has all the nour­ish­ment of a cream thanks to the co­conut, but sinks in fast. Long-term, the oat­meal is an anti-in­flam­ma­tory that soothes and pre­vents sen­si­tiv­ity.

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