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How Do I Choose the Best Body Exfoliator?

Amanda R. Bell
Amanda R. Bell

When choosing the best body exfoliator, it is important to pick the best granules for your skin type. The base of the exfoliator is also important, especially for those with dry, oily, or sensitive skin. If you want more from your product than exfoliation, look for ingredients that can provide other benefits, such as treating acne or improving cellulite. As with most body products, smelling the body exfoliator before purchasing can also be beneficial, especially if you plant to wear any fragrance after using it.

Body scrubs come with different types of exfoliating beads. Products with natural, grainy granules tend to work best for those with normal skin or on areas that are especially rough, such a knees, elbows, and feet. If you have sensitive skin, these natural products may be too rough and could cause irritation. In this case, it is typically best to go with manufactured granules. These tend to be uniform in size, reducing the roughness, and typically melt more easily into the skin when rubbed. Manufactured products tend to be gentler, though they may not provide the same amount of exfoliation.

A body scrub.
A body scrub.

Outside of the type of granule, the base of the product is also important when choosing the best body exfoliator. Scrubs that are oil- or cream-based, typically marketed as moisturizing, tend to work best for people with dry skin. If you have oily skin, you will likely want to look for a product that is oil-free. This information is usually on the packaging near the ingredients and may be marketed as invigorating or refreshing. If you have sensitive skin, look for a body exfoliator that is labeled as hypoallergenic and avoid anything that is strongly-scented, as it may be irritating to your skin.

A body scrub.
A body scrub.

While standard body scrubs are useful on their own, it may be a good idea to look for a scrub that does more than just smooth your skin. Many different body washes have exfoliators inside of them, providing a two-in-one product. If you have acne, look for a scrub that contains salicylic acid, as this can help to treat any exiting acne on your body and to prevent new breakouts. A body exfoliator that contains caffeine, often advertised as firming, can also help to temporarily tighten your skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Sugar is an inexpensive, natural, and very gentle body exfoliator.
Sugar is an inexpensive, natural, and very gentle body exfoliator.

The vast majority of body exfoliators are scented. For most, this is something that is desirable, although those with sensitive skin should typically avoid scented scrubs. If you plan to use perfume, cologne, or any other scent after using the body exfoliator, try to pick a scent that compliments what you plan to wear. Using two opposite fragrances together can often result in either too much fragrance or an odd smell depending on what is mixed.

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      A body scrub.
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      Sugar is an inexpensive, natural, and very gentle body exfoliator.
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      Several body washes have exfoliators inside of them.