We love it when we come across a product that’s so good it transcends to cult status and becomes a hero beauty essential. This type of buy is often disguised in fairly unassuming packaging, which is why it frequently flies under the radar, but also means they’re usually on the affordable end of the scale.
To become a ‘hero’ product though, it has to do one (or more) things exceptionally well, such as treat a particular skin issue or beauty concern. And Ameliorate Smoothing Body Exfoliant is undoubtedly one of these products.
Heralded as a miracle-worker by beauty and skin experts, this £17.50 body scrub is excellent at treating keratosis pilaris, more commonly known as chicken skin. KP is a common skin condition that causes reddish, rough-textured bumps on the skin, which are actually hair follicles blocked up with dead skin cells, a result of a build up of keratin (hair protein) inside the pores. KP is most commonly found on the upper arms, thighs, buttocks and cheeks.
A quick scroll through the Amazon reviews of this body scrub tells you everything you need to know about it. One reviewer wrote: ‘I swear by this stuff for my KP (chicken skin on the upper arms). It’s the only thing that even makes a little bit of difference (I’d say it’s reduced it by 50 per cent). I use this plus the body wash and the moisturiser and I find using all three products the most effective. The only thing is that it doesn’t smell amazing but the scent doesn’t linger and the product does the job so who cares!’
Another satisfied customer said: ‘Lovely product and will definitely buy this again, had trouble for years with ingrown hairs and this sorts it well without being too harsh on my skin.’
Made from biodegradable bamboo granules and alpha hydroxy therapy, the combination of physical and chemical exfoliators is what makes this product so effective at sloughing away that build up of dead skin cells to reveal exceptionally smooth and radiant skin. It even scooped up the award for Best Body Scrub in the Glamour Power List 2016, so it’s recognised across the industry as a product that really delivers.
It’s still an abrasive, so recommended usage is 2-3 times a week. Unusually, it requires massaging into dry skin before showering or bathing and then leaving it on for a couple minutes before rinsing off.
There’s also a whole range of other products by Ameliorate, all designed to work together to achieve beautifully smooth skin. We’re sold.