Khadija Horton

Even though I only use an acid-based chemical exfoliant on my face (I live for a good peel), I prefer to use a physical exfoliator — aka a full body scrub — from the neck down. There’s something gratifying about equipping my body with tiny dirt particles to get rid of all the rough patches and flaking that will definitely appear on my skin at the end of the day. But here’s the deal: There are plenty of body scrubs that aren’t so great (think: harsh and too scratchy), so if you want to start using them, save yourself a copy. Trial and error and get started with these 10 best body scrubs below.

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The best daily body scrub

Dove Macadamia & Rice Milk Body Scrub

I’m obsessed with this Dove body scrub—indeed, I wrote a love letter to it. It uses Ultra-finely ground macadamia nuts for gentle exfoliation, make it’s gentle enough for daily use, plus moisturizing rice milk (which smells delicious btw) to leave your skin silky smooth.


Best body scrub for dull skin

First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub

If you’re dealing with stubborn body breakouts, KP (aka keratosis pilaris) or inflamed hair follicles, it’s time to start using an exfoliator. this whole body. It helps to remove dead skin cells and increase cell turnover (TY, glycolic acid, lactic acid and small buffer particles) to make your skin less swollen over time.


Best Microdermabrasion Body Scrub

Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Body

This body scrub is the closest you can get to professional microdermabrasion from a home dermatologist. It’s made with professional-quality, ultra-fine crystals to remove dead skin cells and rough patches without the crazy price tag of an in-office treatment.


The best sugary body scrubs

Sephora Collection Sugar Body Scrub

PSA: Sugar is one of the best ingredients available when it comes to physical exfoliation (it’s effective, but not irritating). Try it out in this body scrub from Sephora — it’s brown sugar mixed with moisturizing moringa oil — and get ready to be shocked by how smooth your skin feels.


The best crystal body scrub

Body scrub with crushed amethyst

Crystals are not only cute and trendy – they actually work as a great exfoliator. Proof: This one Amethyst body scrub from Herbivores. It eliminates dryness, flakiness, and dullness — and you’ll look great in the shower, too.


Best body scrub for sensitive skin

SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Body Scrub

Sensitive skin types can also use a body scrub — just use this gentle formula from Shea Moisture. Inside the tube: exfoliating rice flour and mild purple rice water. Use it once or twice a week to Removes dullness without making your skin red or irritated.


The best body scrub

The Body Shop Brazil Cupuacu Scrub-In-Oil Nourishing Body Scrub

This two-in-one body scrub contains nourishing salt crystals and cupuaçu seed oil Exfoliate and deeply moisturize your body all in one. Massage onto wet skin while you’re showering, then rinse and pat dry. Your skin will feel so moisturized you can skip the body cream (but, like it, don’t).


The best body scrub before showering

Skinfix Resurface + Glycolic Renewing Scrub

Okay, so this body scrub is a little different. It’s part chemical exfoliator (which has glycolic and lactic acids in the formula) and part physical exfoliator – which means you’ll need Absorb it into DRY skin for a few minutes prior to you dance in the bathroom so that it does its job of exfoliating without being neutralized by water.


Best natural body scrub

Follain Sugar & Shea Body Scrub

Made with cruelty-free shea butter, vegetable oils and exfoliating sugars, this all-natural body scrub is Perfect choice for anyone who likes clean green beauty and also wanted to say hello to their rough, dull skin.


Best body scrub for dry skin

C & The Moon Malibu Made Body Scrub

Although it with just nine simple ingredientss, this organic body scrub has a serious exfoliating effect. The combination of brown sugar and vegetable oils (like coconut and jojoba oils) makes dry, flaky skin silky smooth.

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