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We know the importance of using alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy (BHA) acids on our face, as these exfoliating skincare ingredients can help smooth out uneven texture and unclog pores. Until recently these were mostly reserved for the face, but now brands are catching up with the fact that many people want buttery smooth skin from head to toe.
Enter: Body scrubs. Sure, we can always rely on body scrubs to physically remove the bumps, but leave-in products work for hours to chemically smooth and clean out clogged pores. These come in the form of lotions, wipes, and serums, and there are plenty of them. You will find formulas containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and more. Here, find the best body scrubs to use all year round.
1. Best body exfoliant in the drugstore:
Salicylic acid is best known for unclogging pores to treat and prevent acne, and it’s also a lifeline for smoothing out uneven texture. This formula includes nourishing ceramides and hydrating hyaluronic acid, so it doesn’t overly dry out your skin like exfoliators sometimes can.
2. Best clean body scrub:
“Honey, honey, how that makes me vibrate!” »Prepare to dance the night away in your shortest skirt after using this exfoliating serum. The formula rich in AHA and BHA comes in a creamy formula that penetrates quickly into the skin to prevent feelings of sticky or transfer to your sheets or clothing. Plus, it makes your skin super smooth with ingredients like shea butter, prickly pear leaf juice, and a proprietary honey blend.
3. The best exfoliating wipes for the body:
If you don’t like using physical scrubs on your body, try these Beauty Crush Award-winning Body Scrub Wipes with AHAs and BHAs instead. “They made my skin so soft,” noted a 2021 award tester. “The rough, bumpy skin on the back of my arms is smoother than ever.”
4. Best body scrub for dark spots:
If you love mood-boosting scents in your skincare routine, this brightening scrub is for you. It’s packed with vitamin C and AHA, which means it will help even out hyperpigmentation while smoothing out any roughness. Plus, it smells like citrus, almost like tropical fruit, yum!
5. Best Glycolic Acid Body Scrub:
Paula’s Choice is still one of the creators of breathtaking smoothing products, and this body lotion is no exception. Its light formula glides easily on the skin and penetrates in less than a minute. It contains AHAs to dissolve the build-up of dead skin cells, green tea to reduce redness and inflammation, and shea butter to revitalize and hydrate the skin.
6. Best vegan body scrub:
Keep your skin care routine cruelty-free with this product. Its award-winning formula gently smoothes rough, frizzy skin and nourishes it with nourishing coconut oil to keep it hydrated and plumped. We love its effectiveness in keeping chicken skin at bay and its subtle lime scent.
7. Best CBD Body Scrub:
Boost skin cell renewal with this powerful yet gentle resurfacing serum. It is formulated with a blend of four acids (salicylic, glycolic, malic and lactic), ceramides and full spectrum CBD, making it smooth and soothing product.
8. Best body scrub for keratosis pilaris:
Free yourself from ingrown hairs forever with this lotion formulated specifically for people with sensitive skin. The AHA based product is designed to keep strawberry legs at bay, and the colloidal oatmeal will keep the skin calm, even if ingrown hairs are involved. For better and faster results, combine this lotion with its accompanying scrub.
9. Best Light Body Scrub:
Treat your skin to a delicious treat with this whipped formula. It uses hibiscus AHAs to smooth the skin, watermelon seed oil to soothe the area, and hyaluronic acid to keep your body hydrated and healthy. Moreover, we also like that it is an Asian brand.