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Body Scrubs & Exfoliants

Exfoliants and body scrubs make excellent additions to anyone’s skincare routine. Men and women of all skin types and tones benefit from chemical exfoliants and body scrubs for the body. Whether you have dry, oily, mature, combination or sensitive skin, the best exfoliant for the face should leave your skin feeling soft and smooth without leaving the skin dry and tight. Exfoliants and body scrubs can also improve your skin by allowing your other products, such as serums and lotions, to absorb more easily, thus increasing their effectiveness. 

While our skin naturally sheds the outermost layer of cells around every 30 days, a buildup of makeup, oil, dirt and other impurities can still accumulate on the surface of the skin. For most of us, an exfoliant is necessary to facilitate our skin in shedding this excess buildup. When we don’t exfoliate our skin as often as we should, this buildup can lead to skin concerns such as clogged pores, acne, dull and dry skin, flaky skin, skin discoloration and an overall lackluster complexion. At Editor’s Pick, we offer the best exfoliants for the face and the best body scrubs. You will find exfoliants from DermaDoctor, exfoliants for sensitive skin from Alba Botanica, exfoliants for dry skin from Clarins, the best body scrubs from Hempz, exfoliants for mature skin from Eminence, exfoliants from Jan Marini, body scrubs for self tanner from St. Tropez, exfoliants for acne-prone skin from Elemis, exfoliants for combination skin from CeraVe, body scrubs from Kai and body scrubs from The Seaweed Bath Co. 

FAQs on Body Scrubs and Exfoliants

Can I use an exfoliator every day?

Exfoliants for the face and body should not be used every day. Daily usage can be too harsh and compromise the health of your skin by stripping it of its natural oils. Ideally, you should exfoliate 1 to 3 times per week with an exfoliant that is suited to your skin type. It’s important to give your skin a break in between exfoliation to prevent over-exfoliation. 

What are chemical exfoliants?

Chemical exfoliants refer to exfoliants that use acids and enzymes to initiate skin cell turnover and slough off the dead cells on the surface of the skin. Physical exfoliants are exfoliant like scrubs which have microparticles that physically scrub the outer layer of the skin to remove dead cells and buildup. 

Which exfoliator is best for sensitive skin?

Chemical exfoliants are the best exfoliants for sensitive skin types, since they can be formulated with a wide variety of ingredients, many of which are gentle enough for sensitive skin. Physical exfoliants, on the other hand, contain microparticles that are too abrasive.

Which exfoliator is best for acne prone skin?

The best exfoliants for acne prone skin are physical exfoliants that can gently break up the dirt, oil and bacteria in clogged pores that contribute to acne. Chemical exfoliants are also good exfoliators for acne prone skin as these are formulated with acids such as salicylic acid that penetrates the skin to dissolve oil and promote skin cell turnover.

Which exfoliator is best for mature skin?

For mature skin types and those who wish to combat signs of aging, the best exfoliator for mature skin is a chemical exfoliator with AHAs such as glycolic and lactic acid. AHAs, also known as alpha-hydroxy acids, are water-soluble acids that penetrate the skin more gently than other acids, to initiate skin cell turnover. In doing so, they promote smoother, firmer skin that’s brighter and more even-toned.