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  • Writer's pictureSharron Jenkins

How to get smooth skin for summer

Skin is the largest organ in the human body and has many functions including:

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  • Allowing us to sense touch, heat, cold and pain.

  • Regulating our body temperature,

  • Eliminating toxins and minerals when we sweat, and

  • Protecting us from the UV rays from the sun.

So, it’s well worth making some effort to look after it your skin.

Skin cell renewal by Mother Nature

We get some help from nature as our skin maintains itself naturally by constantly shedding dead skin cells from the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) and replacing them with younger cells every 28 days or so.

But, as we age our skin cells take longer to renew (up to 40 days) which can leave it looking dull, ashen and flaky.

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Why you should exfoliate your skin

According to L’Oreal Paris, everyone including men, should add a weekly exfoliating session to their skincare routine whatever your skin type. Exfoliating will help to unclog your pores, clear off any flakes and leave skin looking brighter.

Your skin will thank you for it by making it feel softer and smoother.

As an extra bonus, when you exfoliate before shaving your razor will effortlessly glide over your skin which can reduce the appearance of ingrowing hairs, as well as little nicks from the razor.


How to exfoliate your body

By exfoliating, you can speed up the natural freshening up of cell renewal without visiting a salon. Remove dead skin cells manually by gently brushing all over with either a natural body brush or applying a lightly abrasive skincare product made with small natural granules e.g. either sugar or salt.

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TIP: It's best to exfoliate before shaving to minimise the risk of irritation


But before you reach for your razor give this homemade and vegan friendly moisturising Tropical Citrus Body Scrub a try just before you shave your legs.

You’ll find everything you need for this DIY pampering treat on your next trip out for groceries.

Homemade Sugar Body Scrub Recipe


125g sugar

30g olive/sunflower oil

2 tsp lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon/lime)