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Yes – You Should Be Exfoliating Your Entire Body, Here's What You Should Know

The time to buff those rarely-seen limbs is now....

Is your body feeling flaky, dry, rough, or simply unloved? You need a body scrub.

We all take really good care of our skin—right? We harp on each day about all the serums, lotions, potions, peels, and masks we swear by. We get laser treatments, invest in chemical exfoliants, make appointments for facials, and sometimes opt for injections.

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For some reason, body scrubs are not talked about as much as they should be. These hardworking products deliver luxurious results, enriching spa-like feels as soon as they touch the skin. 

Lucky for you, we've not only rounded up the best body scrubs but we've also gone and answered all your questions about body exfoliation. 


Q: Why Do I Need to Exfoliate my Body? 

Exfoliating our body is just as important as it to exfoliate the skin on our face, and for the same reasons too. The process helps to remove dead skin cells sitting on the epidermis, to reveal beautiful, newly-generated skin cells coming up from dermal layers underneath. 

Q: is there such a thing as too much exfoliation? 

A: Again, as with your face, everyone needs to figure out the right way to exfoliate for their skin. Finding the balance will require experimentation – some people can tolerate the more abrasive products while others need more gentle formulation that won’t leave skin red and irritated. It's important to be mindful that the skin ranges in thickness in different areas of the body too, and so, can be more sensitive. Regular and gentle exfoliation is the best approach. 

Q: I Use Chemical Exfoliants On My Face, Is There Body Equivalents? 

Yes, using a combination of both physical and chemical exfoliation is the quickest way to see smooth-skin results. But if you're totally new to body-exfoliation, take it slow - going straight to an AHA acid-rich body serum after a harsh in-shower grainy scrub could leave you red raw if you're a novice. Grainy scrubs can have sharp edges too, meaning when they're rubbed over the skin they can create micro-tears or cracks in the skin's lipid layer, letting moisture to escape easily. 

Q: My Skin is Really Dry, Is It Ok for Me To Exfoliate? 

Absolutely! Dry skin is usually caused by a build-up of dead skin, where cell-turnover by the epidermis isn't quick or efficient enough as it should be. So, it's essential for those with drier skins to help the process along - glycolic acid-infused body care is perfect too, as it works to attract moisture while it exfoliates, without ever being too abrasive. 

q: what are the best body exfoliators 

Here's the deal: there are a lot of not-so-great body scrubs out there (think: harsh and overly scratchy), so if you want to start using one, save yourself the annoying trial and error and start with these 5 best body scrubs below...

This all-organic pick promises glowing, rejuvenated skin thanks to a combination of natural exfoliants like pink Himalayan salts, Hawaiian sea salts, sugar, and apricot seed powder. It also works into a really satisfying creamy lather to heighten your at-home spa experience.

Smoothing Body Scrub, €79, Tata Harper

Clear away dry, dehydrated skin with this exfoliator made with peach seed powder, sugar, and shea butter. Expect to spend your sweet time in the show thanks to its bergamot, peach, rose, and strawberry-infused scent.

Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Polish, €7.50, Boots

With a rich, creamy formula and gentle Himalayan salt particles, this one is ideal for anyone who typically finds body scrubs too rough. It emulsifies into a nourishing milk on contact with water, while the pumpkin enzymes and omega-rich fatty acids nourish and condition perfectly.

Renaissance Body Scrub, €55, Oskia 

This two-in-one body scrub contains salt crystals and nourishing cupuaçu nut oil to exfoliate and deeply moisturize your body all at once. Massage into wet skin while you're in the shower, then rinse and pat dry. Your skin will feel so moisturized, you'll be able to skip body lotion (but, don't).

Brazilian Cupuacu Scrub-In-Oil Nourishing Body Scrub, €25, The Body Shop

Expect a total skin refresh with this tub of shea butter-infused polish. It contains frankincense and myrrh for an extra boost of luminescence.

Argan Oil & Raw Shea Softening Hand & Body Scrub, €10, Shea Moisture

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