How often do you exfoliate? I like to think I do it once a week, as recommended by most beauty experts, but it tends to be a step I skip. To be honest, I don’t even own a body scrub. Sometimes I buy the bars of soap with small beads in them, but I find that to be too abrasive for an everyday cleanser. And now that my winter clothes are back in their storage containers for the next six months, I am reminded of how badly I need to exfoliate my body.
My skin is far from soft; it’s dry and a little dull, despite my juicing and healthy eating. So in an effort to rejuvenate my skin, I set out to find the best products for the sensitive areas that really don’t need too much exfoliation such as hands and stomach; a product for a good all-over scrub; and products for the heels, knees, and elbows, areas that could always use a little more attention. I’ll save facial exfoliators for another day, because today it’s all about the body, baby.
For those sensitive areas
Darphin Perfecting Body Scrub
Application: Apply on dry or damp skin and rinse off – 1-2x/week
Key Ingredients: Apricot seed flakes for exfoliation and skin circulation, coconut oil for hydration, and shea butter for moisture.
And the verdict is: I liked this product! I felt like the apricot seed flakes were gentle enough to use for sensitive areas like my hands on a pretty regular basis.
Susanne Kaufmann Body Scrub
Application: Apply to damp skin and rinse off – 1-2x/week
Key Ingredients: Pumice powder to cleanse and promote circulation. St. John’s wort and black-eyed susan derivatives promote a soothing effect. Honey to nourish the skin.
And the verdict is: Such a lovely product. I enjoyed the whipped cream texture and the small exfoliating beads since I have sensitive skin.
For an all-over exfoliation
& Other Stories Madapollam Body Scrub
Application: Apply on damp skin and rinse off – 1x/week
Key Ingredients: Cottonseed oil – high in vitamin E.
And the verdict is: This was a fun product to play with! I liked how dense the texture of the product was because I could really spend more time in certain areas that needed some extra attention. My skin felt very hydrated – I would use again!
Application: Apply on dry or damp skin and rinse off – 1x/week
Key Ingredients: Aragonite and conchiolin proteins gently remove dead skin cells, Ylang Ylang and Geranium oil improve texture of skin, and peppermint and sandalwood create rejuvenating scent properties.
And the verdict is: I really appreciate how natural the ingredients are in this line – makes me feel better knowing there are no artificial fragrances, paragons, paraffins, skin-aging toxins (the list goes on). And I really liked how my skin felt afterward, healthy and radiant!
Susanne Kaufmann Detoxing Oil Scrub
Application: Apply on dry skin and rinse off – 1x/week
Key Ingredients: Apricot kernels used for exfoliation and to help the skin retain the natural pH of the skin, poppy seeds to invigorate the skin circulation, sesame oil as a base for soft skin.
And the verdict is: This was my favorite! The different size beads were super stimulating and my skin felt very velvety afterwards. I applied this all over my body and woke up in the morning with baby soft skin that felt nourished!
For those rougher areas
Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub
Application: Apply on dry skin and rinse off – 1x/week
Key Ingredients: Packed with 5 biodegradable exfoliants including Himalayan and Hawaiian Sea Salts, Cranberry Fibers, Organic Sugar and Apricot Seed Powder (I am noticing a trend here..)
And the verdict is: Another natural product – free from synthetics, toni, fillers, artificial fragrance and colors! I liked this one – it was dense and best for tougher areas.
Application: Start at the base of the body, brushing in an upward motion towards the heart – every day
Key Ingredients: Cactus Sisal bristles (all natural!) intensely stimulate, tone, and even skin.
And the verdict is: I was skeptical of this brush at first because the bristles are pretty rough, but much to my surprise, my skin wasn’t irritated by it at all! It stimulated my skin and got the blood circulating, and I’m sure it took off an initial layer of dry skin. I’m open to trying this more… I hear people love it!
Application: Apply on wet skin and rinse off – 2-3x/week
Key Ingredients: Roasted and ground robusta and green coffee bean blend for exfoliation, brown sugar and sea salt to cleanse and clarify, vitamin E and aloe vera to soothe and moisturize, sweet almond and olive oils to hydrate, and peppermint to rejuvenate muscles.
And the verdict is: This was such a fun product – I loved the dark coffee bean color and had a blast spreading it on my skin. It turned my bath water brown, so I’d recommend using this in the shower. Once the product was rinsed off my skin, it left a bit of silky film and the water ended up beading up on the skin after, which definitely made me laugh.
After a few nights of experimenting with these products, my skin felt refreshed, hydrated, and even. I’m convinced that I should invest in an exfoliator this season! My favorite product was definitely the Susanne Kaufmann Detoxing Oil Scrub, which felt like it catered to my sensitive skin and balanced my pH levels. I love taking the time to care for my skin and love anything that’s an excuse to take longer baths! Plus, having silky smooth limbs is worth the extra effort.
Now, I want to hear from you – what exfoliating techniques do you like?