Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish and Origins Clear Improvement Detoxifying Charcoal Body Scrub

Two great scrubs. Two quite different great scrubs, but they landed on our desk at the same time so we thought we’d share them at the same time. First up, a powerhouse of a product from Origins, with an Origins-ishly divine aromatherapeutic scent that wakes you right up – fresh yet ‘grounding’ at the same time, with essential oils of clove and wintergreen. The active ‘scrubb-y’ particles are from bamboo charcoal as well as salt and sugar, so it’s on the gritty side – not one for baths, but great in the shower. And if you're a gardener, it's completely brilliant for scrubbing hands clean after a getting-your-hands-grubby session of weeding or digging.

If you’re the sensitive type, though, opt for Ameliorate Skin Soothing Body Polish, from a renowned gentle-to-skin range – and so this new scrub of theirs is accordingly kind, but nevertheless sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin, while nourishing with kind-to-skin ingredients. (90% of users said it felt ‘non-aggressive’ when applied to skin, which is a major boon for anyone with touchy skin, eczema or psoriasis.) It’s also said to be particularly beneficial for anyone suffering from Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin); if this is your experience, let us know.

So: whether your skin is touchy or can easily take a power-buffing, these two should help you scrub up very nicely indeed.

UK readers find Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish at£19.50 for 150ml

Find Origins Clear Improvement  Detoxifying Charcoal Body Scrub at£25 for 150ml