When I'm getting ready for the summer months (which I am now - only 12 weeks until I go to Crete - eek!) I start preparing my skin for its first outing in months. I want seriously smooth skin and for me, just using a body scrub is not enough.
I absolutely love using a chemical exfoliant on my body. Combined with a really effective salt scrub I can get my skin in to its best condition. This past winter especially I have noticed has taken a huge toll on my skin, particularly on my legs and arms. I need a quick way to shift dead skin cells and smooth out and destroy any clogged pores and little bumps.
Enter Neutrogena Body Clear, a body wash containing one of my favourite exfoliants, salicylic acid.
This product has 2% salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid which helps to break down dead skin cells and clear out pores. It is used to treat acne and keratosis pilaris amongst other skin conditions.
This product comes in a large 250ml plastic bottle, and is a thick orange gel. It has a nice-ish scent, not too medicinal smelling and actually reminds me of a basic shampoo kind of smell. I'm pretty sure this comes in Pink Grapefruit scent as well, but I used the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit face wash once and really didn't like that smell.
It lathers in the bath or shower and rinses clean away. The results are not immediate but rather a gradual improvement in the skin's surface and the elimination of little bumps and clogged pores. It also prevents any new breakouts on the body and stops pores becoming clogged again.
I don't find it drying but use a body lotion afterwards anyway (preferably another skin-smoothing product - reviews on those to follow). This is really effective but gentle at the same time.
Unfortunately you can't buy this in drugstores in the UK but I bought mine on ebay for less than a tenner :)
Can you recommend any other washes with BHAs or AHAs? I'm always looking out for new ideas...