Body scrubs are the skin-care equivalent of dessert. They can not be used in place of your favorite body wash, but you’re missing out on a major threat if you don’t include a body scrub in your showering routine at all. For the sake of this amusing analogy, consider that many of the best body scrubs contain the same ingredients as your favorite baked goods, such as brown sugar and coconut oil. Physical body exfoliators not only feel and often smell like an indulgent treat, but they’re also an important part of skincare, according to New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Howard Sobel, MD. Scrubs clear the skin of buildup and dead skin cells, leaving it smooth and soft.
The only snag? Determine the best frequency for your skin and don’t go overboard. Loretta Ciraldo, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, told Allure that she advises patients to exfoliate on a regular basis, anywhere from once a week for everyone to once or twice a day if they have issues such as acne, rough elbows, and dry skin.
What is Body Exfoliator?
Nicole Saunders, our beauty editor, considers Nécessaire’s body scrub to be one of her favorite skincare discoveries during the pandemic after more than a year of regular use.
“When I want to recreate a spa-like environment in my shower, I use Nécessaire’s Body Exfoliator.” “I had eczema as a child, so when I’m not testing products for a story, I’ll use the brand’s gentle body wash and scrub to keep clean,” she says.
“When I first used the gel-like scrub, I was most impressed by how fine the charcoal, pumice stone, and bamboo exfoliants were — they’re so tiny, they look like ground black pepper.”
Ouai’s Scalp & Body Scrub is effective at removing dead skin cells from limbs but gentle enough to use on the scalp. Jen Atkin’s luxe exfoliator is made with sugar crystals to remove product buildup, excess sebum, and dry patches of skin (including flakes on your scalp) without drying out your hair. It also contains probiotics to help balance your skin’s natural bacteria levels — the good bacteria — and moisturizing coconut oill.
2. Body Scrub Neutrogena Body Clear
The Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub’s lathering formula is laced with blemish-busting salicylic acid and tiny exfoliating beads to thwart body blemishes and keep new ones at bay, just like an acne cleanser. It’s also gentle enough to use on a regular basis.
3. Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub
This Brisbane body scrub looks and smells like ground coffee, but it won’t make a good cup of coffee. The Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub contains coffee grounds (which act as exfoliants), but it is also infused with almond oil, sea salt, and vitamin E to nourish the skin. Because this stuff is loosely packed, it can get quite messy.
4. Arabica Coffee Scrub
Dead Sea salts and Kona coffee in a raw cocktail The deep exfoliant does not contain butter, but it does contain olive oil, sweet almond oil, and shea butter to soothe the skin with each use. The power blend works hard on the body to slough away cellulite and dead cells, reduce age spots and hydrate dry patches.
This exfoliating drugstore body wash is a longtime favorite of GH beauty editors, and it’s so luxurious you’d never guess it costs less than a fancy coffee. According to one editor, “the rich, creamy formula smells like sweet coconut and feels incredibly soft and pampering on skin.” “It adds a special touch to your everyday shower.” Furthermore, the generously sized bottle lasts a long time.
6. Apricot Face Scrub for Clean Skin
This classic St. Clements cleanser, which won the GH Beauty Lab’s face scrubs test for removing impurities and oil, is also suitable for use on the body. With a combination of walnut shell powder and cornmeal, it deeply exfoliates the skin. “Not only does it work wonders for the face, but also for the body,” one reviewer confirmed.
7. Avene Gentle Scrub
Anyone with sensitive skin is familiar with – and probably adores – Avene’s gentle skin- and body-care formulations. The brand’s signature thermal water is an important soothing and hydrating ingredient, and cellulose provides gentle physical scrub that can be used on a weekly basis.
8. Sea salt scrub
Salt contains antibacterial properties that can be beneficial for certain skin conditions. Because salt is also a preservative, the sea salt scrub will be able to preserve itself naturally.
Because coarse sea salt can be too harsh on your skin, use ground sea salt. For sensitive skin, sea salt scrubs may be too abrasive. Also, if you have a cut on your skin, use caution because the salt can sting.
9. Body Scrub for Smoothing
Scrubs do not have to be rough: For example, Tata Harper’s exfoliant is 80% organic and 100% soothing. It’s especially good for dry, rough skin that’s crying out for hydration. It contains a multi-particle polishing complex made of pink Himalayan and Hawaiian sea salts. Cranberry, sugar, and apricot seed powder, as well as argan oil and the brand’s proprietary beauty complex. It also functions as a pre-shave exfoliant, opening the pores and softening the hair to prevent irritation.
10. Hawaiian Body Scrub
There are numerous salt-based scrubs available, but many of them have harsh formulas that dry and irritate the skin. However, Alba Botanica’s invigorating sea salt scrub soothes your skin with a hypoallergenic and hydrating blend of jojoba, macadamia, avocado, and sweet almond oils. Furthermore, this 100 percent vegetarian formula is ideal for people with sensitive skin.
11. Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish Exfoliator
Every time I applyFresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish to my body, I get a craving for homemade cookies. It melts into my skin with a few motions. Making it an irresistible choice when my body needs a little refresh.
12. Buff Ryder Exfoliating Body Scrub
With this exfoliating body scrub, you can achieve a Rihanna-like glow. Its formula is a gentle blend of tropical exfoliants. Fruit enzymes, and oils that work to refresh and brighten your complexion. Among the ingredients is a vitamin C-rich Barbados cherry extract, which gives the skin a healthy glow and a soft-to-the-touch feel.