Body scrubs are a bit like toners or serums, they’re easily forgotten because seemingly, you can get by without them. But once you get scrubbing, you’ll find the whole process totally intoxicating. Not only is it super satisfying sloughing away all those dead skin cells to reveal glowing skin, but the scents and the feeling of how incredibly soft your skin is so addictive. Exfoliating is also so essential for summer; if you’re self-tanning, a full body exfoliation will help give you a smooth canvas for a flawless tan, but it’s also really important to do before shaving or waxing to improve the hair removal process and prevent ingrown hairs. Here’re our absolute fav body scrubs for all budgets that will give you the softest, smoothest skin ever!
Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub, $15
Using amazing natural ingredients like oats, honey, and bananas – it sounds and smells so good we could eat it – this sloughs away every last bit of dead skin. Oats contain amino acids that can heal damaged skin, while bananas and honey are incredible natural ingredients loaded with good-for-your-skin vitamins and anti-bacterial properties. With the added benefits of shea butter, almond oil, sea salt, and brown sugar, it’s basically a huge tub of food for your skin! Unlike some scrubs, which can leave your skin feeling oily, this one will actually exfoliate your skin and leave it crazy clean – plus it’s one of those that is SO easy to use! Shop it here.
Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub, $7.50
If you’re worried exfoliating will disturb your summer tan, this gentle exfoliator is not too harsh that it will ruin your golden glow, but still strong enough to get rid of flaky skin and impurities. It also contains salicylic acid, so if you’re prone to pimples on your chest, back or even your bum, this will help treat those pimples and prevent further body breakouts. Shop it here. Shop it here.
Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish, $23
It might not be as sexy as our other fav scrubs – it doesn’t smell like a tropical retreat either – but this formula is very unique. This high-performance body polish was actually created to help get rid of chicken skin – you know those annoying little bumps that can appear on the tops of your arms, aka Keratosis Pilaris. As well as physical exfoliators, it uses lactic acid (an AHA) to exfoliate your skin by melting the ‘glue’ that binds dead skin cells that clog hair follicles, while evening skin tone, and hydrating. Unlike other scrubs, you should apply this to dry skin, massage it in, and then leave for 5 mins so the AHAs can do their work, then rinse – your skin will feel SO soft afterward. If you have dry skin or need deep exfoliation, this scrub will come through for you! Shop it here.
Frank Body Shimmer Scrub, $20
This all-natural sugary, salty scrub packed with vitamin E, grapeseed oil (rich in antioxidants), roasted ground coffee beans, and mica (a pearlescent mineral) gives your skin the most amazing glow. It smells like a caramel macchiato, and the combination of a light oil and intoxicating coffee ensures there’s no icky, sticky residue left on your skin. It can be a little messy to use, but it’s worth it – the coffee is really invigorating, while it helps even out skin tone and smooth dry patches. Shop it here.
Body Shop Moringa Exfoliating Cream Scrub, $7
We love this fruity floral scrub, which uses 500 hand-picked Moringa flower pods to make the oil for each tub of this sensual body scrub. It’s super easy to use, completely mess-free and will leave your skin super smooth and smelling divine. We love that this comes in big and mini versions, so you can take it for your travels as well. Shop it here.
Anne Semonin Nude Body Scrub, $105
If you’re looking to take skincare to the NEXT level, then consider this your scrub. This luxurious, shimmering scrub contains energizing pink quartz powder and French Polynesian white sand (SO fancy), which is full of minerals and trace elements that stimulate cellular regeneration for glowing, supple skin. Botanical oils nourish and soothe skin, and exfoliating white hibiscus fruit acid polishes skin while detoxing sea salt sweeps away dead skin cells. The fact that this looks like a buttery bowl of gold, and smells like a spa is just an added bonus! Shop it here.
DIY Your Own Body Scrub
Mash up one ripe banana, and combine with half a cup of brown sugar, half a cup of oatmeal (or coffee granules), and two tablespoons of coconut oil. Jump in the shower, plaster your body with the scrub (go in sections: arms, body, then legs), and rub in circular motions. After a few minutes, rinse thoroughly with water and pat your skin dry. Follow with your fav moisturizer.