5 Best Body Scrubs to Buff Away Autumn Dullness
Dryness is a common cause of dull skin. That’s because it creates cracks in the skin’s surface and causes the buildup of dead skin cells, making skin appear dull and lackluster. Aside from the obvious — moisturizing — one of the best ways to combat autumn dullness is by exfoliating regularly.
Exfoliation is the process of removing dry, dead skin cells, revealing fresh, glowing skin while creating a clean canvas that allows skincare products to penetrate better. But exfoliation shouldn’t just be reserved for the face. Remember, the rest of your body needs a little buffing every now and then, too.
Here are the five best body scrubs to buff away autumn dullness and reveal your smoothest, glowiest bod.
#1: EXFOLIATE Body Scrub
Exfoliate Body Scrub is a delicious, fruity blend of mango and glycolic acid that work in tandem to buff away uneven texture, rejuvenate stressed out skin, and brighten. A base of high-grade salt intensely exfoliates skin to lift dead skin buildup and support the regeneration process for a healthy, natural glow.
Since mango is packed with vitamin C, it’s a powerhouse ingredient for fighting free radicals, reducing inflammation, and boosting skin’s glow while fading the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. Glycolic acid aids in the exfoliation process, gently sweeping away dead cells for a silky smooth, blemish-free, and line-free body. Plus, it smells like a freshly blitzed mango smoothie. Yum!
#2: ANTI-CELLULITE Body Polish
This exfoliating body polish harnesses the plumping powers of watermelon and vegan collagen to repair UV damage, lighten hyperpigmentation, and fill in dimpled skin for a smooth and radiant body. It provides gentle exfoliation while nourishing the skin with vitamins for irresistibly smooth skin.
Watermelon is a fantastic hydrator with exfoliating properties to buff away dead cells and impurities. Vegan collagen lends its collagen-boosting powers to smooth out cellulite. The formula also contains vitamin E to alleviate dry skin and rough patches, and strengthen skin barrier function.
Anti-Cellulite Body Polish suits all skin types. Even the most sensitive skin can reap the rewards of this polish without enduring redness and irritation.
#3: SMOOTH Body Scrub
Rich and strawberry-scented, this exfoliating body scrub intensely hydrates, firms sagging, and leaves skin feeling super smooth. Formulated with AHA-rich strawberries, hydrating niacinamide, and exfoliating sea salt, this body exfoliator can be used anywhere on the body for instant smoothing effects.
Strawberries are chock full of antioxidants and AHAs (chemical exfoliants), making it a go-to ingredient for soothing redness, boosting brightness, and reducing signs of aging. Niacinamide deeply hydrates while spurring skin’s natural collagen production for improved suppleness. And with its salty base, this salt scrub smooths uneven texture while preventing breakouts for clear, radiant skin.
#4: ILLUMINATE Body Polish
Brighten up your body with this tropical swirl of skin-buffing pineapple and cell-regenerating retinol, which work in tandem to smooth rough skin, boost glow, and eliminate discoloration. A physical exfoliant a la sea salt, Illuminate Body Polish removes dirt, sebum, and dead skin for a smoother, more even skin tone and texture.
Pineapple contains naturally exfoliating enzymes to slough away dead cell buildup. Retinol is an anti-aging elixir that enhances collagen and speeds cellular turnover for springier skin and clearer pores.
Include this body polish in your weekly skincare routine to keep skin sparkling. You can also use it before shaving for a smooth, irritation-free shave without razor burn and ingrown hairs.
#5: BOOBIES Polish
Perk up your pair with this resurfacing boob polish formulated with a nourishing blend of coconut, hibiscus, and vanilla. This made for your boobs formula helps to restore skin’s moisture and firmness while reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
Coconut deeply hydrates skin for silkier-feeling breasts. Hibiscus is packed with vitamin C, brightening skin and tightening connective tissues for a firmer chest. Vanilla is also antioxidant-rich, aiding in bringing back skin’s youth.
With its exfoliating base of high-grade natural salt, this firming boob polish helps to gently remove dead skin and clear clogged pores for your clearest, perkier pair.
HOW TO USE OUR BODY SCRUBS
Found your favorite formula? Here’s how to use it for the best possible outcome.
Step 1: Start in the Shower
When using a body scrub, always start in your shower or tub. Use your daily body wash to cleanse away impurities and prep skin for exfoliation. The warm water will also open up your pores for deep cleaning.
Step 2: Apply
Scoop out a generous amount of scrub or polish, then mix it with a little water to create a lather. Massage into your skin, using circular motions to buff.
Step 3: Let it Sit, Then Rinse
Leave the formula on your skin for a minute or two so that those nourishing actives penetrate skin. Then rinse off and pat dry.
Step 4: Moisturize
Once you’ve finished exfoliating your body, apply your favorite body lotion. One of our faves is our Hydrate Body Butter, which contains a restorative blend of shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and cocoa butter.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT FORMULA
When it comes to finding your perfect body scrub or polish, it’s really all about the ingredients. If you’ve got dry skin, opt for hydrators like hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. Those with acne-prone skin, however, would be better off with salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid. And if you’ve got sensitive skin, try choosing soothing ingredients like aloe, rice milk, apricot, virgin coconut oil, and shea butter. Most importantly, look for natural ingredients proven to treat, soothe, and nourish skin.
From sugar scrubs to coffee scrubs, salt scrubs to chemical exfoliants, there are plenty of body exfoliators on the market. For the face, you’re better off with an exfoliating serum, which is less abrasive on delicate skin. For the body, look for physical exfoliants made with a base of white or brown sugar or dead sea salt. Avoid formulas with large granules or aggravating tools like pumices, which can cause microtears on the skin. Try to avoid essential oils too, which can irritate sensitive skin. That includes lavender and peppermint oil.
Besides brightening skin, the right scrub can also ease skin conditions like keratosis pilaris (KP). Speak to your dermatologist if you have any questions or concerns.
You don’t need to head to the drugstore or your local Ulta. You can get all the scrubs above online at Walmart and CVS.