Sure it’s winter and you’re probably not showing much skin—but you should still be taking care of it. Using an exfoliating scrub in the shower takes a few extra seconds, but it’ll go a long way toward preparing your legs to come out of hibernation this spring. Our 13 favourite formulas use sugar, salt, and (gentle) acids to slough off flaky skin and some actually moisturize while they’re at it. For the softest skin ever, use one of the above two to three times a week.
You can’t talk about body scrubs without mentioning cult favorite Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish ($65). The pure brown sugar granules are effective, without being harsh, and the oil base hydrates your skin making post-shower lotion unnecessary.
For a more aggressive, all-natural treatment, try c. Booth’s Ginger Sugar Body Scrub ($8). The larger pieces of sugar make this a smart choice for rough knees and heels.
Epicuren’s Papaya Pineapple Body Scrub ($29) uses facial-quality grape seeds for gentle exfoliation while fruit enzymes break down dry skin without irritation.
If your skin is sensitive and dry, try Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub ($28). The creamy formula’s available in soothing scents like Coriander and Lavender.
The lemongrass-scented Glow Sugar Scrub ($38) from BeautyCounter uses brown sugar, primrose, sweet almond and sunflower oils to polish the skin and leave it extra moisturized.
Instead of granules, Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($65) uses glycolic acid and fruit enzymes to help you shed dry skin.
Sara Happ took everything we love about The Lip Scrub and adapted it into The Body Scrub ($40): a sweet smell that’s not overpowering, hydration that’s not greasy, and gentle granules that get the job done.
Not content with a beauty product that doesn’t do double duty? DERMAdoctor’s KP Duty Body Scrub ($46) delivers medical-quality exfoliation that will slough off flaky patches as well as helping to treat those pesky “chicken skin” bumps, a.k.a. keratosis pilaris.
Not a morning person? The invigorating scent of Malin+Goetz’s Peppermint Body Scrub ($30) will wake you up while a mix of bamboo and pumice buffs away flaky skin.
Peter Thomas Roth infused his Anti-Aging Buffing Beads ($36) with glycolic and salicylic acids that, along with ultrafine jojoba beads, brighten and smooth.
The rosemary-eucalyptus scent of Bliss’ Hot Salt Scrub ($38) will make your shower feel like a spa treatment. Plus, the formula heats up as you scrub for an even more relaxing experience.
With so many to choose from, it might be hard to narrow down which of The Body Shop’s Body Scrubs ($20) is right for you. We’re counting on the mango scent to power through our toughest dry patches, while helping us dream of more tropical locales.