These Are The Body Scrubs That We Cannot Live Without
#1: Innisfree Sea Salt Body Oil Scrub, $28
This enriched, moisture scrub contains Jeju-native pure salt, which is naturally filtered by unique geologic layers formed through colonic activity, giving it a high mineral content. The deeply hydrating oil and salt scrub gently removes dead skin cells without leaving the skin feeling dry. There is also a long-lingering moisturising finish such that no extra moisturiser is required after scrubbing. Application is easy: by using a built-in spatula and lightly rolling on specific areas that needs exfoliation.
#2: REN Skincare Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish, US$34 (S$46), www.net-a-porter.com
This pretty body polish, which is suitable for all skin types, is infused with the fresh, delicate aroma of springtime blooms. The formula gently exfoliates with gritty cane sugar to leave skin silky smooth and rejuvenated. Nourishing olive and almond oils replenish moisture, while paraguay tea and kola nut extracts boost circulation to enliven skin tone. This product can be used two ways: massaged onto dry skin before showering, or for a more gentle exfoliation, massaged onto wet skin.
#3: Aesop Redemption Body Scrub, $51
With a classic and timeless black and grey packaging, this intoxicating blend of finely milled pumice, bamboo stem and aromatic pine needle oil promises to slough away tired cells to leave skin polished and refreshed. Helping to perfectly prepare skin for hydration, skin feels soft, smooth and refreshed, while the scent is pleasantly fresh and reminds one of nature. The texture is an opaque, fine-grain gel, and it is recommended that this product be used once or twice a week, massaged onto wet skin from neck to toe.
#4: Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant, $45
This delicious, skin-softening exfoliant is almost good enough to eat. Made from crushed cocoa and cocoa butter with a luxurious, velvety texture and seductive scent, the formula reminds one of smooth, rich chocolate. Crushed cocoa and coconut shells have been proven to be natural ingredients that help to gently buff away dry, dull skin, while cocoa butter helps to nourish and provide suppleness. Meanwhile, cocoa extract is rich in protective flavonoids and coconut oil is known for its softening and nourishing properties.
#5: L'Occitane Almond Shower Scrub, $33
One of the French beauty label’s most popular products, this exfoliating scrub also has cleansing properties. Enriched with almond oil from Haute Provence and crushed shells, the foaming scrub melts into the skin, cleanses softly and exfoliates to remove impurities and dead cells. The scrub also leaves behind the fresh and delicate fragrance of almond tree flowers. Suitable for daily use, apply with soft massage movements onto wet skin, lather and rinse and follow up with your usual body creams.
#6: The Body Shop Spa Of The World™ African Ximenia Scrub, $55.90
In Africa, the Ximenia tree, which grows wild in Northern Namibia, is known as the Tree of Life. Inside the Ximenia fruit is a brittle-shelled stone, which reveals a soft, cream-coloured seed that becomes the luxuriously rich and thick Ximenia oil. This softening scrub contains that oil, allowing it to gently exfoliate skin while leaving it silky and supple. To apply, massage gently over damp, cleansed skin in circular motions, working into dry areas like elbows and knees. Rinse off then towel dry.
#7: Sephora Collection Sugar Body Scrub, $24, Sephora
Sugar is one of the best ingredients for body scrubs (you can actually DIY one yourself with it, if you wish) and this generous sugar scrub helps to eliminate dead skin cells and leave a pleasant scent on the skin. The formula, which is made up of raw sugar and apricot oil, glides onto the skin effortlessly. The sugar granules are not too coarse, yet it’s not too small – perfect as a weekly exfoliant. The scrub also leaves a thin film of oil on skin after use to deeply moisturise and condition skin.
#8: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish, $45
Inspired by the American beauty brand’s beloved and popular body moisturiser, this body polish is definitely another classic. Great for thorough exfoliation and re-texturisation of skin for radiance and shine, the luxurious, creamy formula is rich with natural butters and ground luffa fruit that exfoliates body skin without drying. Pure honey and soy milk protein nurtures skin, leaving it comfortably soft, smooth, and primed for moisturising. Use a small amount on wet skin and gently massage in upward, circular motions.