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15 Best Body Scrubs in 2023 for Smooth, Supple Skin

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The best body scrubs are like the decadent dessert of the skin-care world. While they shouldn’t replace your go-to body wash, you might be missing out on some serious benefits in your skin-care routine. Not only do physical body exfoliators feel — and often smell — like an indulgent treat, but they’re also a vital part of taking care of your skin, New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Howard Sobel, MD, previously told Allure. Scrubs “rid the skin of buildup and dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking brighter, smoother, and healthier,” he says. Just apply it in circular motions and you’re set.

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The only catch? It’s key to figure out the frequency that works best for your skin — and don’t go overboard. Board-certified dermatologist Loretta Ciraldo, MD, told Allure that she advises patients to exfoliate regularly, anywhere “from once a week for everyone to once or twice a day if you have issues such as acne, rough elbows, and dry skin.” You’ll also want to follow up with a rich body lotion or cream to seal in moisture post-exfoliation.

Keep scrolling to check out 15 of the best body scrubs — which include past and present Best of Beauty Award and Readers’ Choice Award winners — to add to your tub (or shower) time, and wave goodbye to dull skin.

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  • Best Overall: Nécessaire The Body Exfoliator

    Why It’s Worth It: For a gentle exfoliation that’ll instantly tackle rough skin and ingrown hairs, grab a bottle of Nécessaire’s The Body Exfoliator. This intensive formula contains a slew of skin-refining ingredients, including bamboo charcoal to polish skin and a combination of salicylic, lactic, and glycolic acids to remove blackhead-inducing sweat, oil, and dirt. Nécessaire’s impressive exfoliator comes in two scents (Eucalyptus and Sandalwood), but there’s also a fragrance-free version that’s great for sensitive skin types.

    Editor Tip: It’s powerful, so use it once or twice a week for the best results.

    Key Ingredients: Volcanic pumice, niacinamide, alpha hydroxy acid | Who It’s For: Everyone

  • Best Drugstore: Tree Hut Ocean Glow Shea Sugar Scrub

    Why It’s Worth It: The aisles of the drugstore are basically a beauty treasure trove that’s filled with skin-enhancing goodies, this TikTok-famous sugar body scrub included. This scrub won a 2023 Best of Beauty Award for its skin-polishing effects, thanks to a mix of sugar and pumice beads buffing away dead skin and rough patches. Its formula also goes beyond polishing with the help of pore-penetrating alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that target and remove acne-causing bacteria and excess sebum.

    Editor Tip: It’s infused with a blend of six oils to thoroughly nourish skin while it exfoliates, too.

    Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, green algae, sugar | Who It’s For: People who want both exfoliation and hydration

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