Reviewed: Dove's Exfoliating Body Polish Is a Miracle Scrub for Sensitive Skin

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4.7

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish

Donecia Pea/Design by Cristina Cianci

What We Like
  • Lightweight and lightly scented

  • Super gentle and non-abrasive, including on sensitive skin types

  • Doesn't leave residue

  • Leaves skin soft and smooth

What We Don't Like
  • Adds more time to your shower routine

  • You need to scoop out quite a bit in order to cover your whole body

Dove's Exfoliating Body Polish is affordable and easy to find, but it far exceeded my expectations. Effective for softening and gentle enough not to cause irritation or breakouts, this is a great option to try if you have an extra five minutes for your shower and want an exfoliator that works on sensitive skin types.

4.7

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish

Donecia Pea/Design by Cristina Cianci

We put the Dove Exfoliating Body Polish to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.

I’m all about keeping it simple when it comes to my shower routine. It’s soap and water only for me. And that’s not so much because I don’t like to try new things. The problem is whenever I dabble with anything other than plain soap, it tends to break me out, especially if it has a fragrance. So when I had a chance to try out Dove’s Exfoliating Body Polish, I was both excited and nervous.

First and foremost, what are the benefits of exfoliating? According to board-certified dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, as we get older the cell renewal cycle of our skin slows down, and dull skin accumulates. "Exfoliation can encourage the removal of these older cells on the surface, revealing smoother, fresher skin cells," Nazarian explains. "Exfoliation can also help improve skin tone and texture while minimizing the risk of pore-clogging and therefore decreasing the risk of acne pimples. Exfoliation also allows for better penetration of topically applied products, making them more effective."

The brand's Beauty Bar is a staple of mine, so I thought the exfoliating scrub could complement it well. Or, given my track record with bath and shower products, was I headed right back to the land of breakouts? Well, it turns out that after using the product for a week, I was definitely surprised by the results. Keep reading for my full review.

Meet the Expert

Rachel Nazarian, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She specializes in cosmetic treatments, skin cancer, and dermatologic surgery.

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish

Best for: All skin types. 

Uses: This product sets out to gently remove those dead cells that cause roughness and dullness in order to reveal softer, smoother skin.

Potential allergens: Limonene

Byrdie Clean? Yes

Price: Around $6, but can vary depending on the retailer.

About the brand: Dove specializes in creating hair and skincare products that provide effective care while promoting an authentic, confidence-oriented version of beauty.

About My Skin: Sensitive and prone to breakouts

My skin type is pretty normal in general, but it tends to get a little sensitive when it comes to using scented body soaps, washes, scrubs, or any other products with fragrances. Plus, I have a little eczema on my legs that especially flares up during the winter and summer months. 

Because of this, I keep my routine gentle and consistent by sticking to Dove’s White Beauty Bar as my body soap when I shower. Afterward, I follow it up first with Gold Bond's Ultimate Rough and Bumpy Daily Therapy Cream to soothe the itchy skin on my legs, and then I moisturize with ButtersRx After Shower Honey Almond Body Butter.

Dove says its product is safe for all skin types and recommends applying the Exfoliating Body Polish in a circular motion all over your body, three to four times a week in the shower or bath prior to cleansing with soap or body wash. For this review, I maintained my routine and for one week, I added in Dove’s Exfoliating Body Polish in Crushed Almond and Mango Butter as the first step in my shower routine prior to washing.

The Feel: Light, gentle, and creamy

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Texture

Donecia Pea/Design by Cristina Cianci

When I dug into the jar to try my first scoop of Dove's Exfoliating Body Polish, I was pleasantly surprised by the texture. It’s easily the creamiest body scrub I’ve ever used. 

The polish was super gentle, with only the slightest hint of that grainy feeling that typically comes with an exfoliating scrub. I’d say it was just rough enough to get the job done, but not so harsh and abrasive that it feels like you’re rubbing sandpaper on your skin. And I loved that the scent was light and not overpowering at all. 

The instructions say to rub the product in a circular motion all over your body, which sounds simple enough. Except it didn’t take long for me to realize that it would take me more than a couple of scoops to get enough to cover my entire body. I could easily see myself having to re-up on this jar sooner rather than later if I used it consistently. 

The Results: Soft and breakout-free

When I began rubbing Dove's Exfoliating Body Polish all over, I was thinking there was no way something this light and gentle could make any real difference on my skin. Well, it turns out I was wrong.

As I ran my hand over my body to rinse the scrub off, I was instantly blown away by just how soft my skin felt. Because I moisturize daily, I always thought I had decently smooth skin, but this introduced me to a whole new level of softness. I was literally thinking “OK, so this is what baby soft feels like on me.” I honestly don’t remember the last time my skin ever felt that smooth. Even after I got out of the shower and applied my moisturizing cream and body butter, I noticed my skin absorbed the products much more easily than it normally would prior to using the body polish.

However, the biggest win for me was that it didn’t break me out. I just knew I would start seeing those familiar red bumps pop up across my chest and back area, but after day four, I realized it just wasn’t going to happen. There wasn’t a single bump on my body. 

Overall, I estimated that this whole experience added an additional five minutes to my shower routine, and while that may not sound like much, when you’re on the go and pressed for time every second matters. So you’ll definitely want to plan ahead to get this in during your routine. 

It's worth stressing that you shouldn't exfoliate every day. "If you exfoliate the skin too often, or too aggressively, you can actually weaken your skin barrier, leaving you prone to inflammation, infection, even scarring," explains Nazarian. "Early signs of too much exfoliation include redness, burning, or itching."

The Value: Great bang for your buck

Prior to this review, I wouldn’t have even considered taking a chance on any kind of body scrub without fully anticipating a breakout. So the fact that I can get this kind of smooth skin without irritation using a product that costs less than $10 is mind-blowing for me. At $0.57 to $0.86 per ounce, Dove’s Exfoliating Body Polish is a steal, especially compared to pricier brands. Just keep in mind that it takes a big scoop to cover your entire body, so you’ll probably have to re-up after a couple of months.

Similar Products: You've got options

Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish: This bergamot and rose-scented exfoliating scrub from Soap & Glory ($15) uses shea butter and sugar to transform those rough and dry layers into soft-to-touch skin. Like Dove’s Exfoliating Body Polish, this product is ideal for all skin types. However, it’s a little pricier, comparatively speaking.

Tree Hut Tropical Mango Shea Butter Scrub: A whopping 18-oz. jar of Tree Hut's vegan, cruelty-free exfoliating scrub ($9) makes for an even better deal than Dove's polish. It combines an array of oils with shea butter, sugar, and mango puree to help you get that skin glow-up.

Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub: If you’re a coffee lover, you will definitely want to try this unique vegan, cruelty-free scrub from Frank Body ($17), which combines actual coffee grinds with Vitamin E and antioxidant-rich oils to give smooth, flawless skin while fading scars and marks. It's a bit pricier compared to Dove’s body polish and contains nuts due to the sweet almond oil, but if you aren't allergic and are looking for an indulgent pick-me-up, this may be the pick for you.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for an affordable, gentle body exfoliator, Dove’s Exfoliating Body Polish is a promising choice. It far exceeded my expectations and proved to me once and for all that you can actually get a gentle, effective exfoliator for less than $10 without the risk of irritation, even if you have sensitive skin like mine.

Specs

  • Product Name Exfoliating Body Polish
  • Product Brand Dove
  • Price $6
  • Weight 10.5 oz.
  • Full Ingredient List Water, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Stearate, Fragrance, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauric Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Tallowate, Synthetic Wax, Sodium Isethionate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Cocoate, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Nonfat Dry Milk, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

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