6 Exfoliators You Need Right Now For Glowing Skin

As I contemplate braving bare legs in the hope that warmer weather is just around the corner, I begin my yearly Spring ritual of attempting to transform them from dry and flaky to scrubbed, buffed and glowing. To help me through this process I have managed to find the perfect products that never fail to deliver. Here is my favourite selection of exfoliators to help give your skin a Spring Glow.

Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant £38– Cocoa extract, cocoa butter, crushed cocoa shells and coconut oil- cocoa-loco-licious. I love Fresh products and this is one of my absolute favourite exfoliators, it smells divine and moisturises and scrubs your skin at the same time. A little pot of chocolate heaven which is worth every penny.

Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish at SpaceNK £32– I first discovered this beautiful brand on my honeymoon in Hawaii a few years ago and and at that time they hadn’t launched in the UK yet. Now, much to my glee they doing incredibly well in the UK and being stocked in Space NK and Liberty in London. The Coco Rose Polish delivers on exfoliating, polishing and moisturising your skin all in one, with coconut oil, moroccan rose, pink clay and Shea butter. Use twice a week on your legs to leave them glowing and super soft.

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff Smoothing Scrub N’ Mask £21– A glorious scrub to divide the crowds- it’s thick, a bit messy, takes a while to wash off and might leave a slight yellow tinge if you don’t manage to get it all off- for some this is quite off putting but I think it’s worth it. It smells sublime and works a treat, particularly if your skin is on the dryer side. Packed with cupuaçu (coo-poo-assoo) butter and clay both from the Amazon, one to moisturise and the other to exfoliate along with Brazilian quartz and Açaí. Perfect for a home pamper session, leave it on for about 10 minutes before jumping into the shower and see it work it’s magic.

Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub £13.95– This Melbourne based company has boomed since launching a few years ago, the miracle super coffee scrub with a great price tag. The goodness of roasted ground coffee beans? Caffeine stimulates blood flow which can help with scarring, dark circles and pigmentation problems, it’s also rich in vitamin B3 and chlorogenic acid (CGA) which helps reduce inflammation of the skin and also has anti-bacterial properties which can help with skin conditions like eczema and acne. So in a nut shell (or a coffee bean), a pretty amazing substance. They have a whole range of products for the face and body- this one with added grapeseed oil, coconut oils and jojoba beads is my favourite. For rave reviews search #thefrankeffect on Instagram.

Now onto a different type of exfoliator- acid’s for your skin, more specifically AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acid’s)- you may have heard of gylcolic acid and lactic acid. These bad boys help break down dead skin cells making the skin softer and smoother without being abrasive. There are lots of products available for your face which I will hopefully cover in another post, but these two in particular are body exfoliators which will give your skin a real glow.

REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum SpaceNK £35– This body serum has a lovely light texture with a citrus fragrance, it’s rich in lactic acid and xylitol which both work together to exfoliate and lock in moisture. I would use it a couple of times a week before bed on your legs and arms through the spring and summer months. (P.S remember your SPF!)

Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish at Cult Beauty £17.50– This body exfoliator also uses lactic acid along with biodegradable bamboo granules to gently exfoliate the skin with the addition of Shea and Cocoa butter and coconut oil for hydration. Apply and leave on for a few minutes and then rinse off in the shower- it’s particularly good for rough and dry skin and again I would recommend using it 2-3 times a week.

Hello Winter Skin

This is my first skincare post and I thought it was apt to start with the woes of winter skin.

Having suffered with eczema and dry skin for most of my life, I know my skin will start being truant when the temperature drops, central heating is at full blast and the days are blustery and windy, not to mention one too many late nights filled with a little bit more wine and a little less water leading to all those pesky dry, flaky & itchy spots. A notable mention also goes out to two wonderful cold weather wardrobe staples- Woolly jumpers and tights adding to irritation and skin dust (it’s a thing)!

This is the time of year that I see the most amount of skin complaints as a GP, whether it’s affecting your face, hands or body- there hundreds of products available with so many different ingredients and it can often be confusing trying to pick the right one. With the coldest weather just kicking in, here is my curation of wonderful products to help you change your winter skin to a winter glow.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion- £5.00 from Amazon but widely available everywhere- I simply can’t live without Aveeno, I have been using this lotion for years now and I can’t actually remember how I coped without it! This oat based product is great at locking in moisture and creating a protective barrier, it is also perfect for sensitive skin. Aveeno is generally the first lotion I recommend to my patients with dry skin complaints! You can use this on your hands face or body but Aveeno also has a wide range of products specifically for your face, hands or body as well as bath and shower products

CeraVe Moisturising Cream available in Boots £8.50– this is another great moisturising cream which I like to recommend to patients, it is particularly good for very dry skin and eczema prone skin, it can be use on your body or face. It is also widely available in most local pharmacies and as well as online. CeraVe is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, both of which are great for maintaining skin hydration and locking in moisture.

Both CeraVe and Aveeno can also be described as an emollient which you may or may not have heard of, it is a more medical term used to describe a moisturiser. Where normally you might just moisturise once a day, in the winter months if you skin is dry and irritated you should try and increase this to at least twice or even three times a day. I generally say to patients, apply lotions generously and work it into your daily morning and evening routine

Clinique Moisture Surge Facial Cream £36– Clinique has a whole moisture surge range which includes this brilliant pot of facial moisturiser. It is a gel based cream which contains aloe water, the texture is wonderfully light and non greasy leaving your skin feeling soft and plump.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream £70– This cream has won many beauty awards and was originally developed as a pick me up for models with tired and dry skin during fashion week. Its is jam packed full of lots of wonderful ingredients that your skin will love including aloe vera, vitamin C & E, essential oils, Shea butter and not forgetting hyaluronic acid. You might find that its worth switching your daily moisturiser in the Winter months and then changing back in the Spring.

Egyptian Magic £29– A multipurpose cream that can be used anywhere! It’s great for rubbing into small stubborn spots of dry skin and is made from all natural ingredients- including olive oil, honey and beeswax. Tip- use it before bed and allow it work overnight

Decléor Neroli Hydrating Night Balm £45– This is one of my favourite products that I have been using for over a year now. It has lots of essential oils and plant oils including neroli, tonka bean, basil, camomile and hazelnut. I noticed a huge improvement in how my skin looks and feels, not only in terms of hydration but also in calming skin irritation and acne. This little pot goes a long way and worth every penny!

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve £15– Hand cream is a must all year round but especially in the Winter. I normally always keep some in my handbag, on my bedside table and in my car- if you’re like me and blasting your car heating straight onto your hands while your driving your hands must be suffering! Kiehl’s hand salve is luxuriously thick and perfect for extremely dry, rough and peeling hands with a blend of avocado, sesame and olive oil

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm £23– Another hand cream I love and it smells amazing with mandarin rind and rosemary leaf in it. It’s soaks in without leaving any greasiness on the skin, leaving your hands feeling supple and soft

Caudalie Lip Conditioner £5.50– All Caudalie products are wonderful but this lip conditioner is something I keep re-buying over and over. It is super soft, great for repairing chapped lips and each application lasts a long time so you don’t have to keep applying it every couple of hours

Purple Tree Miracle Balm £3.99– I first discovered this in Topshop and took forever deciding which one to buy because they all smelled amazing, I eventually chose the grapefruit. This is another multipurpose balm which is great for your lips but also for other small dry spots on your body. Products are made in the UK and are certified as 100% vegan friendly and animal cruelty free

The Organic Pharmacy Rose & Jasmine Body Oil £36– Body Oils are also a really good way to treat dry skin and give your skin a healthy glow. I use a range of Organic Pharmacy products as part of my daily routine. I love fragrance of the Jasmine and Rose in this and massage it after exfoliating my skin in the shower. It also contains Jojoba, Carrot and Rosehip oils

Nuxe Multipurpose Dry Oil £29.50– French pharmacy brand Nuxe is best known for this multipurpose oil, you can use it on your face and body or spritz it through you hair. Key ingredients are vitamin E, Camelia, Hazelnut, Macademia and Sweet Almond which all help to nourish and hydrate the skin. It also contains Tsubaki oil which is gaining huge popularity in skincare products, known for being rich in vitamins A and E, omega fatty acids and antioxidants which help protect as well as repair the skin.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil £19– Moisturising in the shower is also important for skin when it is dry and irritated, I would try switching your normal shower gel to a shower oil in the winter months to lock in more moisture. This Almond shower oil does a great job and smells divine

Miller Harris Rose Silence Bath Oil £38– Winter soaks in the bath tub are such a treat after long day. When my skin is feel particularly unhappy, I love soaking in this fragrant bath oil with vitamins A & E and Moringa, Argan and Almond oil

Neom Intensive Skin Treatment Candle £36– If you fancy mixing it up and trying something alternative, I would highly recommend this wonderful candle. Burn for 30mins and let the oil pool, cool for a few minutes and then pour it onto your skin and massage it in, it feels amazing and also works to help you feel calm and de-stress. There are 24 essential oils blended together including Jasmine, Lavender and Rosewood. If you’re not convinced head to a Neom store for a demo- you won’t regret it!

So in summary, if you made it this far- Your winter skin loves- water, essential oils, vitamins A, C & E, omega fatty acids and hyaluronic acid which boosts hydration! You now know what to look for in skincare products to help your skin through the winter months

Your Curated Guide to Style & Skincare

After much procrastination and deliberation I have finally entered the world of Blogging (eak)!  Style & Glow will bring you a curated style and skincare guide in the hopes of making life a little bit easier! With so much on offer in both of these categories it can be difficult to pick out what it is that you really want and for many – hard work trawling through shops and endless websites for that perfect item. Lucky for you, I actually love doing this and have decided it is time to share!

So, who am I? Just your average 30-something-Londoner who loves all things related to fashion and style, oh and I’m a GP who loves Dermatology and Skincare. So I thought, why not combine the two things that make up such a huge part of what I spend my time on. As a person who has always been slightly introverted, I have always used my sense of style to express myself and boost my confidence. After many years of my friends and family telling me I should explore my options in the world of fashion (not so easily done during 12 years of medical training), I finally have the time do it, funnily enough life as a doctor doesn’t really give you great networking contacts in the fashion industry, however, we all have to start somewhere and I’ll start with this!

I see so many patients with different skin care complaints, particularly with regards to Acne and whilst I can offer help with prescribable treatments, I always get asked what other products I would recommend that can be bought to try.  There are literally thousands of magic potions and lotions available and picking the right one can often be very confusing. Your skin is as unique as everything else is about you, something that works for one person may not work for another and so there is an element of trial and error involved. I hope that I can be your guide to buying the right products for your skin and I welcome any questions that you have!