Body scrubs are like the skin-care dessert world. Hear me out: They're not meant to replace your go-to body wash. If you skip a body scrub in your shower routine entirely, you're missing out on a big treat. Might we point out, for the sake of this cheeky comparison, that many scrubs have the same ingredients as your favorite baked goods, including but not limited to brown sugar and coconut oil.
Not only do exfoliators of the human body look and sometimes smell like an indulgent treat, they often slough away dull, dry skin to expose a cleaner decolletage and over-radiance. On another note, which is less sensual but equally significant, body scrubs are an amazing way of holding hair at bay.
Keep scrolling to find out our top picks to add more space for body scrub on your shower.
If this is the case, we encourage you to judge a product by its packaging. It happens that the Instagram-ready Herbivore Crushed Amethyst Exfoliating Body Polish is as powerful as it is magnificent. The light lavender paste is brimming with Epsom salt and virgin coconut oil, as well as ground and tumbled amethyst gemstones to improve the luminosity and smoothness of the skin instantly, making it an easy choice for a Best of Beauty Award 2019.
This 2019 Best of Beauty winner relies on a range of natural ingredients to dust off rough patches: French clay to draw impurities out of the skin, fine ground walnut shells for gentle exfoliation, and green coffee beans for skin revitalisation. All are covered in a soothing minty fragrance of rosemary and stored in The Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating the stylish black tube in Detox Wash.
This buttery balm is infused with Himalayan pink salt crystals to delicately buff off dead skin cells, and its combination of blackcurrant, sweet almond, and crambie oils will penetrate deeply to provide a smoothing burst of moisture. A Best of Beauty Award nominee from 2019 also happens to be The This Works Great Leg Scrub, and it comes highly recommended.
This scrub works with some significant physical and chemical exfoliators, including glycolic and lactic acids, to treat keratosis pilaris (i.e., "chicken skin" caused by keratin overproduction). Since this stuff is so potent, you're going to want to use it as a weekly treatment instead of a daily body buff.
Not only does the impossibly cool-looking Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish smell like just-cracked coconut and freshly picked roses, it's also 100% natural. We love how it includes a good dose of detoxifying pink clay, plus teeny minute sugar granules, which create a non-irritating scrubbing experience that is ideal for sensitive skin.
As you can use an acne cleanser for breakouts on your skin, the lathering formula of the Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub is mixed with blemish-busting salicylic acid and tiny exfoliating beads to prevent body defects and keep new ones at bay. Plus, the use on the reg is gentle enough.
The Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish was introduced nearly two decades ago, but unlike frosty eye shadow, it is as common today as it was in the early aughts — and probably the inspiration for every brown sugar body scrub ever since. This fan-favorite harnesses the exfoliating strength of scrumptious brown sugar crystals, but thanks to an unexpected hit of essential oils from ginseng and peppermint it smells more like a spa than a bakery. A combination of skin-loving nocturnal primrose, jojoba, sweet almond, and apricot kernel oils leaves skin feeling soft — not greasy.
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