IT’S fake-tan time and good prep is the key.

I’ve been testing body scrubs that use exfoliating acids and physical grains to see if they can deliver baby-soft skin and help me get a streak-free finish.

Nip+ Fab is an underrated high street brand

BUDGET

NIP+FAB GLYCOLIC FIX BODY SCRUB (£12.95, nipandfab.com): Nip+ Fab is one of the most under-rated high street skincare brands.

Owned by celeb-favourite brand Rodial, it uses much of the same tech but at a lower price, so I had high hopes for this exfoliator.

It’s super-fine so won’t scratch your skin, which is great if you’re prone to irritation or sensitivity, but there aren’t as many exfoliating beads as I’d hoped, so it doesn’t have the instant smoothing effect I look for in an exfoliator.

Plus, I found the exfoliator quite drying, which isn’t ideal pre-fake tan.

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MID RANGE

First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA, (£26.90, feelunique.com): I don’t have “chicken skin” (keratosis pilaris) but do have some rough, dry patches.

Even after using this every other day for a fortnight they hadn’t completely gone.

If you have keratosis pilaris (KP) you’d have to use it every shower for a few weeks to see improvement.

But while not its intended purpose, I found it was great for removing week-old patchy fake tan.

Yet this has a high percentage of glycolic acid. So if using it before the beach, wear plenty of sun cream as it makes your skin more prone to burning.


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LUXURY

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Resurfacing Body Scrub, (£48, katesomerville.co.uk): Combines physical, chemical and enzyme ingredients – apply it like any other exfoliator then leave for three minutes while the exfoliating enzymes and acids get to work.

I was put off by the forest-green hue, but once massaged into the skin it turns white.

The sand-like texture is deceiving, as it doesn’t feel rough enough to remove dead skin, but it left my skin feeling super-soft.

The first time I used it, I fake- tanned afterwards and it didn’t stick on my knees or elbows.

Apply it in the shower to avoid making a mess of your tiles – it works best on wet skin anyway.

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CHRISTINA Aguilera’s sell-out tour came to the UK this week, and after seeing her on stage at the O2, I came straight home and ordered Christina Aguilera Signature Eau De Parfum, £16.

Celeb fragrances get a bad rap, but this nostalgic, fruity-floral number is instantly uplifting and lasts for ages.

Who said you had to spend hundreds to get a good perfume.

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