We all take really good care of our skin—right? We wax poetic each day about all the serums, lotions, potions, peels and masks we swear by. We get laser treatments, invest in chemical exfoliants, make appointments for facials and sometimes opt for injections.
But skincare encompasses more than just our faces; there's skin on every square inch of every limb on our bodies. Dermatologists famously say to start at the nipples, musing we should take care of our chests and necks just as well as we do our foreheads, under-eyes and cheeks, but I'd argue our entire bodies crave this attention. So, in the interest of our legs, arms, elbows and toes, find the very best skin-smoothing body products with acids (and one with retinol because it's really spectacular) below.
Packed with lactic acid this body lotion gently but effectively exfoliates the skin, whilst also leaving it feeling soft, supple and hydrated. A total go-to for team Byrdie all year round.
This new 10% AHA exfoliating body serum delivers full-body exfoliation without (often damaging) scrubbing. It's super lightweight with a lotion-gel hybrid texture. See, the serum is rich in lactic acid and xylitol, which are able to draw water molecules within the skin to the surface and probiotics, which boost the skin’s defence barrier. Just gently massage the serum into clean skin after a shower, and the formula will exfoliate away dull skin—leaving your body softer, smoother and far glowier. Pro tip: Use an SPF with this product as it makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Since the very first time I used this bodywash, I’ve never looked back. As someone who breaks out on my chest from time to time (mostly during those crazy NYC summers), I’ve found it works wonders on my skin. The formula is enriched with fresh fruit extracts to exfoliate and cleanse. Papaya and grapefruit extracts help break down dead skin cells to leave skin feeling soft and smooth while ginseng extract rejuvenates, and oat protein soothes sensitive and irritated areas. Plus, it smells like citrus and makes mornings all the more pleasant.
Both a physical and chemical exfoliant (a serious skin-smoothing combo), this dermatologist-formulated dual-action exfoliator combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion into a single formulation. It’s especially helpful for those with KP but incredible for pretty much everyone else too.
While retinol isn’t an acid, it is an ingredient we often use in our facial products (and one that will make you look better naked tenfold), so I decided to include it anyway. This recent launch came across my desk, and I couldn’t help but slather it on right then and there. With a base of pure rose water, it smells floral, feels thick and hydrating, and incorporates encapsulated retinol to treat and fill fine lines and uneven skin.
First things first: This peel cleared our managing editor’s body acne overnight. Yes, really. “No exaggeration,” Lindsey Metrus writes, “the next morning, the breakouts were gone. I attribute this magic treatment to the glycolic, lactic, trichloroacetic and salicylic acids working together to kill acne bacteria, dissolve dead skin and sebum, as well as even out skin tone. You don’t even need to rinse it off afterward either—just apply and go. It’s truly a miracle in a bottle.”
Similar to Bliss’s version, these easy-to-use, one-step daily treatment pads for your body contain 10% pharmaceutical-grade glycolic acid—that’ll lead to some serious anti-ageing results. They’re gentle enough for sensitive skin types (and everyday use) to reduce age spots, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and the like.
Adapted from Dr. Lancer’s facial skincare, his body treatment cream is a blend of marula oil, kigelia extract, Kalahari melon seed oil and glycolic acid to restore moisture, tighten and tone. Oh, and don’t forget about that ever-elusive glow.