Get soft and silky skin long before the moment to ditch trousers and tights and bare all arrives.

Don’t get lulled into a fall sense of security. Your limbs may not be seeing the light of day at the moment, cocooned in tights and loungewear, but spring is around the corner; a little TLC now and that reptilian, dull, uneven skin can be nourished back to glowing health in time for those bare-leg days. Our edit of skin-sloughing scrubs and clever exfoliating washes with do the trick. And to cap it all off, we also present a round-up of our favourite body creams and oils for super dry skin.

Bright Awakening Salt Scrub, £38

Tea and Tonic

This luxury invigorating scrub is filled to the brim with mineral-rich Halen Mon sea salt, hand-harvested from the Anglesey coastline. It’s mixed with skin-nourishing plant oils and botanicals and an uplifting blend of juniper, rosemary and bergamot. The perfect morning shower scrub that leave skin not only smoother, but softer, too. Buy it here.

Effaclar Micro Peeling Purifying Gel Wash, £15

La Roche Posay

Upgrade your shower gel to this impurity busting gel wash from La Roche Posay for clearer, cleaner skin. The salicylic acid and zinc decongest pores (bye, bye ‘backne’) and purge skin of daily pollutants. Be warned, it has a cooling menthol tingle so keep it away from more, ahem, sensitive parts. Buy it here.

Nourishing Body Wash, £12


We spend so long choosing the cleanser for our face, but when it comes to our bodies, we’re usually not so picky. And yet soaps and shower gels can be very drying, caused by a disruption of the skin’s pH, stripping it of its natural oils. Ameliorate’s rich, creamy cleanser replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier, with omega oils to soften and moisturise for up to eight hours. Great if your skin is feeling tight and dehydrated for instant relief. Buy it here.

SA Smoothing Cleanser, £12


Suitable for face and Body, Cerave’s SA Smoothing Cleanser is dermatologist-designed for dry, rough, bumpy skin. Rich in three essential ceramides, salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid, it is super gentle. Suitable for even sensitive skins, hydrates and protects as it smoothes. Buy it here.

Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment, £15

Dr. Dennis Gross

These snazzy sachets contain an all-over body towel, impregnated with a blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes to brighten and tighten skin, while anti-oxidant rich aloe and squalene help to strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier. A quick once over twice a week can help bring back the glow that’s gone AWOL over winter. It’s also great for reducing ingrown hairs, too. Buy it here.

Perfect Legs 100% Natural Scrub, £24

This Works

If your legs haven’t seen daylight for the last six months, chances are they could do with some TLC to bring them back to summer-worthy status. This Works Perfect Legs 100% Natural Scrub is just the thing to keep on the edge of your bath for a satisfying slough. The buttery balm is filled with detoxing pink Himalayan salt, as well as nurturing sweet almond oil, blackcurrant oil and crambe oils, meaning you can skip your moisturiser post-shower for a quick, effective two-in-one smoothing and hydrating treat for your pins. Buy it here.

AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum, £35


REN’s body serum harnesses the power of Lactic Acid to resurface skin by gently buffing away dead, dull skin cells. It’s great for brightening and lightening pigmentation, too. The skin refining formula also has probiotics to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and help it lock-in moisture for an overall boost in radiance and hydration. Buy it here.

TLC Glycolic Body Lotion, £21

Drunk Elephant

The TLC in Drunk Elephant’s body treatment lotion isn’t some a nod to self-care; it’s the tartaric, lactic and citric acids found in the super-charged formula. Brilliant for scaly skins, it’s packed with plant oils and butters, including passionfruit, apricot and shea for a deeply nourishing boost. There’s squalane, niacinamide and ceramides in there too, rounding out this powerful lotion into a skin-smoothing powerhouse. Buy it here.

Reve de Miel Melting Honey Body Oil Balm, £23


Pretty much as delicious as its name suggests, this oil-balm is like a huge hug for dry, itchy winter skin. Offering 48-hour comfort, the balm melts to a nourishing oil on contact with skin. It’s rich in antibacterial honey and botanical oils of argan and borage to promote elasticity, bounce and resilience to flaky, dehydrated limbs. Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
January 2022

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Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.