Just when we think we've finally developed a skin-care routine for our bodies that's both effective and practical, the seasons change and throw us all off-kilter. Although the temps have been slow to shift here in New York City, we all know it's coming with a frosty vengeance. In short, now is the time to take extra precautions against a winter full of rough, dry skin.
How? Upping the ante with your exfoliating routine is key to holding on to your glow over the next few months. By sloughing off dead skin, your skin will feel softer and absorb moisture better. Win-win!
To give you a head start (because staying prepared is always a good look), our editor's have rounded up a list of our favorite exfoliators, scrubs, and body polishers. From high-end grabs to drugstore staples, here's everything we plan on using until the first sight of spring.
If we were handing out awards for the “most Instagrammed beauty products of 2017,” Herbivore’s Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish would definitely be in the running. Aside from looking pretty in your shower, the millennial pink scrub delivers on its promise of leaving skin soft, supple, and smelling great.
Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish, $36, available at
This cult classic proves that brown sugar is, hands down, one of nature’s best exfoliants. Combined with a sweet array of essential oils, the body polish provides a subtle sheen while locking in moisture for hours at a time.
Brown Sugar Body Polish, $67, available at
The Seaweed Bath Co. knows its stuff — even
(!) is reportedly a fan. This particular scrub is formulated with antioxidant-rich ingredients such as seaweed, green tea, and coffee bean extract to instantly revitalize dull, tired skin for just under $15.
The Seaweed Bath Co.
Awaken Exfoliating Detox Body Scrub, $14.99, available at
The Seaweed Bath Co.
While it may be getting colder outside, this product — along with its crushed Tahitian coconut shells and premium coconut oil — will transport you straight to the beach. Don’t worry about feeling greasy: Unlike other brands, the oil is lightweight and absorbs quickly.
Coconut Crush Scrub, $38, available at
Back in April, indie brand Frank Body released a limited-edition, coffee-based Shimmer Scrub that reportedly had over
50,000 (yes, really) people waiting in line
to get their hands on it. Restocked and now with even more glitter than before, you can finally experience the hype for yourself.
Shimmer Scrub, $38, available at
If glitter isn't your thing, Lush has a scrubby face and body mask that shares a similar coffee scent, but with an added twist: cocoa! Simply leave the mask on for about 15 minutes. Then while rinsing, massage to reveal smoother skin.
Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask, $11.95, available at
Reviewers of this oil-free exfoliating gel claim it works miracles to remove dead skin cells
helps clear up troublesome bacne.
Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator, $28, available at
Transform your Sunday ritual into a more-luxurious experience with argan oil. Josie Maran's Sugar Balm Body Scrub is made with sugar crystals sized to gently refine your skin’s texture in an argan oil balm to restore the moisture balance.
Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub, $38, available at
If we’re being real (really, really) real, our butts rarely get the love and attention they deserve when it comes to exfoliating in the shower. That’s where Anese’s
popular Booty Scrub
comes into play. Walnut shell powder evens tone through gentle buffing, while vitamin E and several cold-pressed oils target dryness.
That Booty Tho. Booty Scrub, $28, available at
This powerful scrub uses both chemical and physical exfoliation to smooth bumps, patchy skin, and spots while reducing redness.
KP Duty Body Scrub, $46, available at
This scrub’s primary ingredients — almond milk imported from Spain and community-trade honey — protect dry, sensitive skin from being overworked.
The Body Shop
Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Scrub, $24, available at
The Body Shop
does wonders for naturally curly hair, but the brand also carries a line of amazing bath and body products for head-to-toe hydration. This scrub is a drugstore favorite thanks to its contouring, firming, and smoothing properties.
Superfruit Complex Hand and Body Scrub, $9.99, available at
Bliss brings the spa to your home with this self-heating scrub blended with sea salt, rosemary, and eucalyptus.
Hot Salt Scrub, $38, available at
Who needs a three-leaf clover when you can slather this orange and cedar wood blend onto your skin for good luck?
Good Luck Scrub, $29, available at
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