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The dog days of summer are officially here, which means you’re most likely baring more skin than usual thanks to, ahem, sweltering hot temperatures. But if you’ve been remiss about exposing rough dry skin, don’t fret. These body scrubs offer solutions for uncovering soft, smooth skin, all while addressing a host of other concerns like body acne and scars.
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1. For combating dryness: Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Body Scrub
Sol de Janeiro’s body care products up the ante in any skin care routine, and the brand’s $42 Bum Bum Body Scrub offers similar luxury. It uses a blend of crushed cupuaçu seeds and sugar crystals to exfoliate and coconut oil to moisturize dry skin. It’s also infused with the brand’s Cheirosa ‘62 scent, a “warm and sweet gourmand” fragrance that consists of notes of salted caramel, pistachio and vanilla.
“So worth it,” one Sephora reviewer writes. “My skin feels so smooth after using. I use this everyday in the shower and can definitely tell a difference because my skin is no longer dry nor rough. It smells so good, and I always use the Bum Bum Cream after. Highly recommend.”
2. For alleviating bumps: First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA
If pesky red bumps—known as keratosis pilaris—are your primary body concern, the First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub may be able to help you out. Its formula features both glycolic and lactic acids to brighten and smooth skin. Pumice “buffing beads” aid in the exfoliating process as well. Meanwhile, vitamin E “helps condition and soothe skin and stave off environmental aggressors.”
“I struggle with ingrowns on my legs, arms and bikini area sometimes,” an Ulta customer writes. “This changed everything for me. My hair grows healthier, no dead skin creating ingrowns and the old ingrowns that I did have are now hardly there and/or gone.”
3. For controlling acne: Neutrogena Body Clear Acne Body Scrub
Body acne—especially on hard-to-reach areas like the back—is undoubtedly one of the hardest skin concerns to tackle. The Neutrogena Body Clear Acne Body Scrub tries to make conquering this skin woe less of a burden with its formula that’s designed for use on the back, chest and shoulders. The scrub's main ingredient, salicylic acid, claims to absorb deep into the skin to slough away dead skin cells, treat existing pimples and curb future breakouts.
“Works for me great,” one Target reviewer says. “I have been using it for about two years, and it completely made my back acne and scarring go away! But once I stop using it, I do break out, so I just have to make sure I’m always stocked up.”
4. For silky skin on a budget: Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub with Crushed Macadamia and Rice Milk
Silky, soft skin is only a swipe away with the drugstore-available Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub—or so the brand claims. Using Dove’s “1/4 moisturizing cream” as well as crushed macadamia shells, it promises to reinstate “skin's natural nutrients as it exfoliates,” paving the way for smoother skin.
“The skin between my ankles and knees is extremely dry and always looks ‘ashy’ even after moisturizing,” an Amazon customer writes. “I knew that if I could get a good exfoliation, I would be able to moisturize properly. This does the trick. Smells great, is not harsh and feels wonderful. This is a bargain for sure. I'm addicted.”
5. For smoothing scarred skin: Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub
Even though the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub may look as if it could be popped into your coffee maker, think again. The body scrub, which uses actual coffee grinds—of the Robusta variety, by the way—is meant to aid in reducing the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and body scars. It promises to help breakouts fade away as well. The coffee in the formula is said to promote blood circulation and collagen production, while the inclusion of antioxidant-rich sweet almond oil provides moisture. Exfoliating sea salt aims to buff away dry skin without irritation.
“I really like this product,” says one satisfied Amazon reviewer. “I bought this after having my daughter, and I was hoping to reduce the appearance of my stretch marks. I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture, but I can say that it is definitely working. They are less red and don't look as obvious to me.”
6. For sensitive skin: Nécessaire the Body Exfoliator with Bamboo Charcoal
For folks with sensitive skin, the thought of rubbing a coarse, grainy scrub against their skin may not sound very appealing. That’s where Body Exfoliator from Nécessiare could come in. This sensitive skin-friendly body scrub uses chemical exfoliators salicylic acid and glycolic acid as well as fine-grit charcoal to treat breakouts and gently smooth rough skin. The body scrub comes in three scents: “Unscented,” “Eucalyptus” and “Sandalwood.”
“This scrub is incredible,” a Sephora customer writes. “Beautiful scent [‘Eucalyptus’] is not too strong and a gentle but effective exfoliator. I have sensitive skin, and it’s just amazing! Highly recommend. You only need a small amount so the tube will last you! I can’t say enough!”
7. For the body and scalp: Ouai Scalp & Body Sugar Scrub
If you’d rather reach for a multipurpose body scrub that can tend to all of your body’s skin, the Ouai Scalp & Body Sugar Scrub may be your pick. The scrub claims its sugar crystals can remove product buildup from your scalp and slough off dead skin cells everywhere else, while the coconut oil ensures that your skin is looking and feeling smooth. It has a rose scent that features traces of bergamot, lychee, cedarwood and white musk.
“Amazing scalp and body scrub,” a Sephora customer says. “It’s very soft and lightweight, and it makes my skin and scalp feel very refreshed and smooth. It smells amazing as well! If you love the smell of roses, you’ll love this beautiful scent.”
8. For bar-soap enthusiasts: Glossier Body Hero Exfoliating Bar
It may look like any old bar of soap, but Glossier claims that the Body Hero Exfoliating Bar is a body scrub in solid form that you can use directly on skin. Its bamboo powder exfoliates, while sunflower seed oil and aloe leaf juice seal in moisture. Hints of pear, mandarin and cypress compose its sweet-smelling scent.
“Everyone should have this bar of soap,” one Glossier customer says. “It’s amazing! I initially bought this with my teenage son in mind, and he showers too often without a washcloth. However, it is now a bathing routine staple in our house.”
9. For preparing for a body shave: Tree Hut Bare Shave Prep Sugar Scrub
To ensure that your next shaving experience is free of bumps and ingrown hairs, try exfoliating with the Tree Hut Bare Shave Prep Sugar Scrub. It’s specifically designed to “remove dead skin and lift hair for the most efficient shave possible.” Lime extract sloughs away dead skin cells, sugar exfoliates and coconut oil and shea butter moisturize. Palm leaf, lime and coconut provide this pre-shave body scrub with a scent that’s evocative of a tropical paradise.
“My skin is prone to ingrown hairs so this has been helping a lot,” writes an Amazon reviewer. “I love a scrub that is very grainy so you can really feel your skin getting that deep exfoliation. The scent is very pleasant and provides a good amount of moisture.”
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