A good body scrub in my opinion is essential to use all year around to keep your skin smooth and moisturised. I don’t keep to this rule, but I do frequent spa’s often and usually on my list of carefully chosen treatments next to my massage is a full body scrub.
Back last year I visited one of Champney’s health spa’s in the UK which I had their Citrus Blush body scrub, after that treatment I decided I would go ahead and purchase the scrub and the oil they used so I could do the same thing at home.
So what exactly is in this tub of joy?
Now onto the scrub, you can buy the Champneys Citrus Blush Body Scrub for just £4.00 now from Boots which was part of the Champneys Spa treatment range. The scrub is made from cardamom, brown sugar and coconut fibres, lemon and Kukui nut oil. I really like the smell, some scrubs can smell really clinical but this smells very yummy and sweet although I wouldn’t recommend you try tasting it!
Although the recommendations on the tub are to use twice a week, If you have sensitive skin I would not use it more than once a week due to the consistency of the scrub. It’s a very coarse mix, which is great for removing the dead skin cells but you might over exfoliate if you use it too often.
How to use it like a spa?
Ideally you want to get a second pair of hands here or it’s going to take you a little longer. So you want to a small portion of the scrub on your hands topping up where required, rub the scrub into your skin in long sweeping motions concentrating on each area using your hands. To reduce mess you could do this in the shower or stand in the bath so you can wash down the grit afterwards. At the Spa they will exfoliate different areas in groups, so you arms, torso, legs then turn over and repeat.
Once exfoliation is completed you need to wash the product off using a shower or shower head, I would not recommend a bath unless you like the feel of grit below you. This scrub tends to leave a residue on your skin so you need to wash it off very well, you might even want to use an additional product to remove it like a good shower gel or the Champneys Spa Treatment Citrus Blush Shower Gel (£3.00).
Next make sure you skin is dry, then follow up with a good moisturiser all over the exfoliated areas. I recommend the Champneys Spa Treatment Citrus Blush Dry Body Oil (£4.00) which can also be found at Boots. This is the moisturiser that was used for my Spa treatment although I had the choice between oil based or cream based.
Having not tried an oil based moisturiser before I wanted to see how it felt on the skin, I often find cream based moisturisers can be a little heavy. I would highly recommend this product, you can spray it onto your skin focusing again area by area and it drys very quickly.
It smells just as divine as the scrub and has cardamom, lemon, sesame and rice bran oils which are really great at leaving your skin smooth and radiant. You can even use this just after the shower while your skin is still slightly damp, which means it spreads further and sinks into the skin really well.
An added bonus is that I think both products look great in your bathroom too 😉