We give a lot of attention to our faces. You probably tend to yours every single day with nourishing skincare products and top-of-the-line makeup. As skin-obsessed humans, it's important to remember the skin on our bodies deserves just as much of our time. Do you treat it with the same A-list attention? If not, this is where body scrubs come in. 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.
Is your body feeling flaky, dry, rough, or simply unloved? You need a body scrub.
Using a blend of A-grade ingredients, body scrubs wash away impurities and regenerate the texture of your skin to ultra smoothness. My favorite thing to do with a body scrub is massage it all over my body in the shower, allow it to seep into my pores for a few minutes, and then wash it away, which reveals a fresh, silky-soft layer of skin that almost feels new. If you aren't sure where to start, below are Byrdie-editor favorites. Trust, these will not disappoint.
"Sometimes scrubs are too harsh, but this creamy, gel-like exfoliator leaves my skin rejuvenated, smooth, and polished-looking. But probably the biggest draw is that it's infused with ingredients that reduce the thickness of hair regrowth between waxes. It's perfect for the summer!" — Maya Allen, assistant editor
"This blend of finely milled pumice, sage leaf, bamboo stem, and aromatic pine needle oil sloughs away all signs of a bad day (or night). It feels incredible, not too harsh but still does the job, and it smells even better. I use it when my skin is a bit scaly or dry (which happens all year round) or when I want to feel especially luxurious. All in all, it's a perfect, natural formula to wash away all the grime, dirt, and bad vibes from your body in one fell swoop." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
"Tata Harper's spa-strength body scrub offers biodegradable particles and an entirely natural formula. That, and it makes my skin look and feel amazing. Once applied, the scrub works into a shockingly creamy lather and, as it washes away, leaves your skin practically glowing courtesy of its argan oil, olive oil, and AHA-infused blend." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
"I've never grown out of my love for decadent, sweet-smelling scents—especially if an evening bath ritual is involved. (Sorry, I know this is offensive to some people.) That being said, this rich chocolaty scrub from Fresh veers way more mature than middle school, and I actually prefer it to the brand's more well-known Sugar Body Polish. (Though I still love that one too.) I'm in love with the experience and scent of this body scrub. It basically feels like you're dousing yourself in triple-chocolate cake, which is actually way more appealing than it may sound.
And thanks to crushed-up coconut shell, cocoa butter, and coconut oil, my skin is left supple, smooth, and insanely hydrated. None of that parched and scratched-silly business post-exfoliation you'll get with lesser formulas." — Erin Jahns, assistant editor
"Okay, this body polish from Meant is dreamy. Seriously, if you haven't tried anything from this indie brand, I recommend changing that stat. It's organic (amazing), multitasking (also amazing), and infused with finely milled sugar crystals, ground coffee, and skin-saving oils like avocado, argan, and monoï. Oh, and that's not all! The sheen-worthy elixir also features natural alpha-hydroxy acids, which boost cell turnover and in turn disrupt the appearance of cellulite and scars. Plus, the smell is downright intoxicating.
(My mom stole my first tube from me, and she abhors anything scented.)" — Erin Jahns, assistant editor
"Two things I especially love about this organic, seaweed-infused detox scrub: A) It's so affordable. And when the whole purpose of a product is essentially to wash it off—you literally watch the stuff circle the drain—it feels sad to spend an entire paycheck on it. B) It's so effective—which I attribute to the smart ingredient list and ultra-fine texture of the scrub itself. (If you don't like gloopy body scrubs, this one is for you!) Starring ingredients include the aforementioned seaweed, which is chock-full of vitamins and minerals to promote elasticity; French clay; crushed walnut shells; and green tea and coffee extracts.
It's never not by my side in the shower." — Erin Jahns, assistant editor
"As someone who's struggled with KP her whole life, I can genuinely say this is the only scrub that's made my bumps temporarily disappear, leaving super-soft, smooth limbs behind. The combo of heavy-duty physical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation with AHAs is exactly what my chicken skin needs." — Amanda Montell, features editor
"Kopari's all-natural, vegan, and cruelty-free scrub smells like vacation while effectively scrubbing dead cells to reveal super-soft skin without hurting the planet in the process." — Amanda Montell, features editor
"Frank Body's latest launch, Express-o Coffee Scrub, is similar to the brand's proprietary OG coffee scrub but instead comes in a mousse-like consistency for less particle fallout and mess in your tub. It's chock-full of cinnamon, roasted and ground robusta coffee beans, and sweet almond and macadamia oil, making for a sinfully delicious, ultra-moisturizing blend that smells just like a latte (no joke). You can use it dry or with water (I personally use it in the shower for an easier rinsing process) to slough away dry patches and bumpy skin, leaving you with an allover glow.
It's super user-friendly too—rather than dipping into a package like the first scrub, this blend comes by way of a squeezable pouch for easier application (and trust me, you're going to want to use it a lot)." — Lindsey Metrus, managing editor
"The combo of peppermint and ylang-ylang is so lovely, and I love that it contains pearl, which is great for visibly brightening up my skin. Also, my skin gets irritated really easily, so I love that this helps buff away dead skin cells effectively but gently." — Victoria Hoff, managing editor, The/Thirty
Now scrub your way to smoother skin.