An Amazon best-seller, this mud mask works double time to improve brightness and visibly reduce blackheads – albeit gradually. Wipe it on, leave it to dry for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off. You may get a slight tingly sensation, but it’s not unpleasant, and you’ll soon notice your skin’s appearance is smoother and more refined. Clay, mud, grapefruit and exfoliating willow bark are what makes this so effective – in fact many testers have called it a professional-level spa treatment.
We were recommended this to treat yellowing nails – and it works. Created with keratin protein (a main component of the natural nail) it works to strengthen both the nail and surrounding skin to prevent further infection. Jojoba and sweet almond oil are key ingredients, both of which work to reduce peeling, yellowing or white spots for healthier-looking nails. You’ll notice a difference within a week – providing you stick to the usage guidelines of twice a day for two weeks.
First Aid Bump Erase Body Scrub, £20.50
Think of this like a micro-dermabrasion treatment for your body. Formulated with 10% AHA, it uses glycolic and lactic acids to help loosen the top layer of skin and decongest pores for visibly smoother limbs. The results are impressive, with 95% of testers reporting it got rid of their flaky skin after just 10 days. Great for those who suffer with keratosis pilaris or anyone that gets red, under the skin bumps – though always check with your pharmacist if you see any reaction or inflammation post-use.
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This mask’s clarifying abilities are second-to-none. The impressive formula removes excess oil, traces of pollution and deep-seated grime – making it ideal for city dwellers looking to restore a smooth complexion. It’s packed with antioxidants too, which form a protective barrier on the skin, ensuring external factors (like pollution, sunlight and smoking) can’t break through the dermis and trigger the production of new, free radicals. An investment, but worth it for the results.
Even the most dry, cracked skin is no match for this hard-working balm. If regular pumices and scrubs aren’t working, try a slick of this. It works fast, with exfoliating salicylic acid removing hard skin that sits on the surface. Feet get extra hydration, too, thanks to nourishing urea which replenishes moisture deep down in the dermis for visibly soft results.
Now is best time to try these exfoliating socks. We’re not exaggerating when we say they cause your foot skin to shred. Leave them on for 60 minutes, and let the mandelic acid-formula sink in. After about four days, the peeling and shredding will begin, revealing super-smooth skin underneath. Just don’t be tempted to peel anything off yourself – leave it to flake naturally, instead.
When is a scrub so much more than a regular exfoliator? When it’s designed by skincare experts to discourage heavy legs and promote deeper drainage of toxins. Formulated with sea salt, diuretic Himalayan pink crystals and lemon peel, this product battles fluid retention and in turn, subtly contours the legs. Seeing is certainly believing, but the rave reviews and heady scent have us hooked. Rub it into skin dry, starting from your ankles, before sloughing it off in either a warm bath or shower. You’ll notice how thorough the exfoliation is straight away, with scaliness reduced to a thing of the past – even if it's only temporary.
There are many foot files on the market but some are quite abrasive and don’t always yield immediate results. Ped Egg has been an Amazon best-seller for years. Easy to use, efficient and affordable, this cheese grater-style file uses steel micro files to gently remove calluses and dead skin, while trapping the excess shavings – it’s quite shocking to see how much comes away. Just remember to use it little and often to prevent sensitivity.
This is the only brow growth product that’s worked for us. Don’t expect overnight results, but you will see an improvement after about a week. A favourite of industry insiders, keratin, biotin and fruit cell extracts work to add bulk and improve shape. The only downside is when you stop using it, hair growth returns to normal. But given the cost of more permanent brow treatments, a regular investment in this serum is, in the long run, much more affordable. Stick to using it twice a day for the best results.
Cutting or biting your cuticles is never a good idea – instead, invest in an exfoliating treatment like this one from Sally Hansen. It quickly softens, loosens and removes excess cuticles and skin with zero pain. Formulated with aloe vera, chamomile and vitamin E, it deeply conditions while keeping your nails neat and tidy.
This thorough, exfoliating gel buffs away dead skin, leaving layers (yes, really) of dirt in your sink. It sounds gross, but it’s incredibly satisfying. Lactic acid and hylasome (five times more hydrating than hyaluronic) come together to dispel dullness, plump skin and refine texture – ideal for a quick pick-me-up but also to get rid of any roughness. No wonder Gwyneth Paltrow loves it.
Heated hair masks may sound like a gimmick, but this one is anything but. Heat it up for 30 seconds to melt the oil, then massage it onto your scalp, working it down your mid lengths to the ends before putting the cap on and leaving it for as long as you’d like – we left it overnight and noticed a huge improvement in both silkiness and shine. The blend of superfoods and coconut oil – the latter of which is proven to penetrate the hair shaft for stronger, smoother strands – is suitable for everyone, but particularly good for those with frizzy or dry hair.