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Body Scrubs: My Top 13 Picks


Exfoliating weekly will keep a dull complexion at bay. Nothing is better than dewy skin. See "How to Exfoliate" for more information.

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Kiehl's Exfoliating Body Scrub


You can get these scrubs in a variety of scents, which are delicate and not overwhelming. At $28, this scrub is not cheap, but it is a favorite of models, actresses and It Girls and seems to make every list I ever read about someone's "Must Have Product." This scrub is gentle enough for the face, leaves skin super soft and won't make a mess of your shower.

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Me! Bath Shower Sherbet - Gotta Have it Pomegranate

Perhaps the most divine-smelling of the scrubs I've tested, this fun sugar scrub (or "shower sherbet") comes in 16-ounce ice cream pint (yes, I'm not kidding) and has jojoba oil and Vitamin E. Some may find the scent a bit strong, but I like it for late-night baths. It's gentle enough to use every day.

One of the reasons I love this product is because of the fun factor. These scrubs are so unique, they make amazing gifts for teens and adults. Also, I believe in supporting small businesses and I love the concept behind the company, "to do simple things exceedingly well."

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

For the price, you won't find a better scrub around, but some people may find St. Ives scrubs to be a bit too abrasive and drying to skin. I say try it out and if you don't like it, return it. Just make sure your store has a good return policy.

Extra tip: Smooth on moisturizer after your bath when skin is still damp, it keeps the moisture in.
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Red Flower Japan's Ohana Gingergrass Bamboo Scrub

If you can afford a luxury body scrub, this is the one to get.

A completely unique body scrub, it contains teeny granules that exfoliate skin without tearing (a tendency of cheaper salt scrubs). This is a spa-quality scrub at a spa prices ($62 for a large tub). The good news is you don't need a lot of it to exfoliate the entire body.

This scrub won't tear at skin and leaves skin feeling supple and soft. Only downside is the price and the fact that it leaves the bathtub a mess (think fine, coffee grounds).

Sugar Scrub: Vitabath Spring Green Sugar Scrub

I am currently addicted to this sugar scrub. Apply some to a scrub mitt and massage all over. You're left with silky, creamy skin and no more dead skin cells. My #1 pick for any bath.
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Murad Activating Body Scrub

Use this scrub with a dry brush or loofah for best results.

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub

Packed with both salt and sugar, this product will scrub away all your dead skin cells while leaving skin totally hydrated thanks to the mango seed oil. This scrub is best for super dry skin.
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Ojon's Tawaka The Brown Ball Treatment Scrub

The first time I tried this strange, amazing smelling ball, I was covered in brown, velvety...love. I had tried it in the bath and I thought, "Will this ever get out of my tub?" A quick rinse under the shower did the trick and I was left with amazingly soft skin. Some reviewers have found the mess in the bathtub too much to take and one complained her husband went "skiing" in the shower from the oil slick, which I thought was funny. But this wasn't my experience. I find this works best in the shower with the water off. I put in my conditioner and rub the ball all over and then rinse everything off.
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Dead Sea Bath Salts: Ahava

Of the many bath salts out there, we feel the best ones contain 100% salt from Israel's Dead Sea. People with skin conditions flock to the Dead Sea for it's almost 'miracle' abilities to calm skin problems. Ahava's bath salts are the best ones on the market. Pour a few tablespoons into your bath & watch your stress melt away.
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Origins Incredible Spreadable Scrub Ginger Body Smoother

This is perhaps the most popular scrub I've seen on the market. Origins ginger body scrub contains white and brown sugars that buff roughness away while dead sea salts (made up of mostly minerals and very little sodium) help soothe skin. This scrub also contains olive oil to hydrate dry skin. I've seen positive reviews of this product on many Websites.

Extra tip: Make your own milk bath Don't want to splurge? Make your own milk bath by pouring 3 cups pure buttermilk and 3 tablespoons of honey in the tub. Stir it up and enjoy.
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