Fresh Face Friday: Scrub Before You Sun

June 17, 2011

It’s that time of the year again when everyone I know happens to have a gorgeous tan. With natural olive skin, I tend to be very cautious with how much time I’m directly in the sun. I can spend a quick hour tanning and already be the slightly more golden shade of myself. Some think it’s hard to burn darker skin but believe me it’s very easy! (Especially when you fall asleep on a boat, on the water, in the early hours of the afternoon.)

Before you start slathering on your tanning lotion, remember to prep and prime your skin by getting rid of the dead skin cells with a pre-sun scrub-down! Using a scrub on your whole body will ensure that you tan safely and evenly. (No one wants a tan to look splotchy!) I’m a loyal scrub-aholic and I can honestly say that using a weekly scrub has helped to even my skin tone and moisturize dry areas.

Here are a few of my favorite face and body scrubs that I’ve used and loved – numerous times! Enjoy and remember to scrub before you sun.


REN | Micro Polish Cleanser

I received a sample of this with my last Sephora purchased and I’m in love! Upon first application, I felt the mousse foam on my face as I gently scrubbed the amber microbeads to buff and polish. The scent isn’t too much and I usually hate scents but this is very clean smelling. Right after my skin looked instantly brighter, felt softer, and wasn’t overly dried out – which happens to be one of my biggest issues. Plus it’s gentle enough for daily use!

Kate Somerville | ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment

After going through a terrible skin season, I took a chance on ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment after hearing how it was great for skin trying to get back in shape. I’ve never had “sensitive” skin but at that time everything was affecting and I was just trying to get back to norm. Dead skin is whisked away by microbeads while papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin extracts take care of reducing pore size and improving oxygen flow in the skin so that it clears up gently and safely.


DERMAdoctor | KP Duty Body Scrub

Delivering “medi-exfoliation” at its best, KP Duty Body Scrub mixes the magic of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion into one easy treatment. Synthetic microbeads get rid of dead skin cells leaving your skin free of dry skin, flaky patches, and bumps of all kinds. During the winter my tends to dry out A LOT – this wonderful scrub gets rid of thirsty, dead skin and leaves my body even, smooth, and clear. It’s a truly deep cleaning exfoliator for your body.

Caudalie | Merlot Friction Scrub

Speaking from experience, believe me when I say that this scrub is perfect for when you have a terrible day. I’ve used it on many manic Mondays post-gym and it’s like my body takes a quick vacation. Full of antioxidants like crushed grape sees and essential oils, the Merlot Friction Scrub melts luxuriously into your body like no other scrub I’ve felt. Once only available at the Caudalie Spa in Bordeaux, France – you can now get conveniently via

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