Bodycare With Benefits: 7 Hard-Working Buys |
Once the overlooked cousin of skincare, bodycare has had a makeover of late – borrowing savvy innovation and science-backed ingredients from the skincare world, this new breed of body prep products are anything but basic. From hydrating cleansers to exfoliating serums, and everything in between, these are the new-generation buys we’ve tried, tested and seriously rate…
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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Body & Gentle Mitt Cleanser, £19.00

Forget simple shower gels, a hard-working body cleanser is the quickest way to baby-soft skin; minimal effort required. Inspired by Liz Earle’s bestselling cleanser of the same name, Cleanse & Polish™ Body is enriched with pure plant oils to leave skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturised for 48 hours. It also comes with an exfoliating mitt – the bodycare version of Liz Earle’s famous muslin cloths.

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff Smoothing Scrub 'N Mask, £21.00

From the brand that brought us Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – a global sell-out and veritable cult beauty buy – comes a two-in-one scrub and mask with the same addictive scent (a so-delicious-you’ll-want-to-eat-it blend of pistachio and salted caramel). Whether used as a scrub in the shower or on dry skin as a mask, it leaves skin ultra-soft and smooth.

DCL C-Scape High Potency Body Lotion, £45.00

Suffer from severely dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or keratosis pilaris (those little bumps on your arms known as ‘chicken skin’)? This high-performance formula is one to try. It’s packed with a potent vitamin C complex, exfoliating lactic acid and DLC’s signature collagen-boosting technology, which work to dramatically even skin tone, soothe irritation, improve elasticity and minimise rough texture.

Susanne Kaufmann Anti-Aging Body Serum, £72.00

When it comes to anti-ageing, bodycare is finally getting a look-in. Enter Susanne Kaufmann’s organic Body Serum – created especially for mature skin, this gentle-yet-effective elixir tightens and smooths connective tissue whilst promoting the breakdown of fat cells and helping to fight against problems with metabolism, thanks to the brand’s potent patented ingredient, ‘Contur’ (caffeine, tinger grass and boldo).


Frank Body Peppermint Coffee Scrub, £14

The bodycare equivalent of a shot of espresso, this coffee and peppermint oil scrub is invigorating and refreshing in equal measure. And when it comes to skin, the coffee bean extract is a triple threat: it stimulates blood flow, sloughs off dead cells and encourages collagen production. It’s also infused with olive oil to help reduce the appearance of scars and stretchmarks, and aloe vera to nourish and moisturise.

REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum, £35.00

Thought serum was just for your face? Think again. This body serum from clean skincare favourite REN harnesses the power of exfoliating AHAs to increase cell turnover, probiotics to improve skin’s natural barrier, and vegetable bark extract to optimise hydration. It’s a powerhouse formula, so ideal for getting luminous limbs ahead of big events, but like some AHA-based face serums, may irritate very sensitive skins – try a patch test first to be sure.


Herbivore Rose Quartz Illuminating Body Oil, £38.00

No all body oils are made equal, as this product from Insta-famous US brand Herbivore proves. Now finally available to shop in the UK at Space NK, this deeply hydrating formula sinks in in a matter of moments and gives skin a subtle, party-ready shimmer (no sparkly glitter here). Plus, it gets bonus points for the shelfie-worthy packaging and mood-improving rose and jasmine scent.

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