‘My mum and aunties encouraged me to take care of my overlay from a young age,’ says All Ages model Ola Adeyemi



Ola and the appearance scrubs he has tested

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‘My mum and aunties encouraged me to take care of my skin from a prepubescent age,’ says All Ages model Ola Adeyemi

By Weekend’s All Ages archetype Ola Adeyemi, 24

I’ve been modelling for two years, and it has made me more purposeful of looking after my skin. My mum and aunties encouraged me to take grief from a young age, advocating natural products and showing me how to neaten up scrubs, which I occasionally still do, from coconut oil, sugar and lemon. I use a make an appearance wash daily and occasionally a scrub, especially in the summer. I equal to research the products I use. Some scrubs contain sodium laureth sulfate which can be a lamina irritant, so I usually try to avoid it.


Ola’s selfie. Photograph: courtesy of Ola Adeyemi

Band Shop Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub (£7.50) felt cool and buff. My skin felt clean hours later. It smelled strongly of tea tree, which I absolutely like, but some people might find off-putting. It positively offers value for money.

St Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub (£4.19) whiffed lovely. The “scrub” particles are noticeably larger than those in the other produces I tested, but they’re not painful. The price is great, too. It wouldn’t be my leading choice, but it definitely gives you good results.

I was impressed by the Lqd Meet with Scrub (£35), which is SLS-free, easy to rub in and feels very benign. I would definitely use it again.

My overall winner, though, is the SLS-free Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub (£24), because it is surely light – you can hardly feel the scrub bits – but my skin was motionless noticeably smoother. It’s at the higher end of the price bracket but not the most priceless, and personally I think it’s worth paying a bit more for the right ingredients.

Next week: Pam Lucas on facial fuels