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Back To Basics: The Best Body Exfoliators

Welcome back to Back To Basics, the Cliff Notes version of my all-time favorite products. Since we've been talking so much about self tanner and body bronzer this week on beach week, I thought I'd give you a friendly reminder that the first step before applying any of these products is exfoliating. Your skin becomes shinier once you remove all of those unnecessary dull and dead cells, and it will feel softer and smoother too. Here's a look at three of my top picks for body exfoliators.

Lancome Resurface Microdermabrasion Body Polishing Treatment ($46) is a favorite among beauty editors. The small exfoliating crystals and pumice stone in the formula effectively buff away dullness, and they don't scratch your skin making it red and sensitive like a lot of other exfoliators can.

Since I've tried it, I can hardly shower without it! Your skin is left polished, radiant and it feels like buttah!.

For two more more of my favorite exfoliators,

YonKa Phyto Gel Exfoliant Shower Gel ($42) is the ultimate pampering experience to create a buffed bod! It's an ultra-light foaming shower gel and body exfoliant all in one. I love the aquamarine color, the botanical smell and the unrivaled gentleness of this product.

Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub ($28) is more of a creamy textured body exfoliator. It deeply revitalizes and soothes, creating one heck of a polish on the surface of your skin! Plus, it smells really good and woodsy since it's infused with lavender, orange, sandalwood and rosemary. Even your guy won't be shy to try this one out!

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cyrizzle cyrizzle 8 years
i like the scrubby gloves, too. bathed and infused seems like they have pretty good exfoliators and they are relatively cheap. plus, they come in crazy scents (good crazy) like banana's foster. i want to try them out if i get around to it.....
jujuberry jujuberry 8 years
I often use soap from lush which exfoliates as well, their sandstone soap works really well (and smells good). While not the cheapest alternative, each bar of soap is around $7, they last a long time and are much cheaper than $50 for body wash.
alaskassugar alaskassugar 8 years
Honey and brown sugar, then wash off it off with a nice soak in a milk bath. Now your skin is soft and Yummy!
craving_vintage craving_vintage 8 years
I use the scrub gloves. Works for me.
Notting-Hill-res Notting-Hill-res 8 years
I love REN's Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm! The rep told me to use it before getting into the bath - you're supposed to get in the bath without washing it off - and it creates a beautiful milky bath that smells minty fresh. This woman I know who works for a competitor of REN's even admitted to using it all the time.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I really like the body scrub from the Victoria's Secret Garden collection. It's really grainy so you may not want to use it on sensitive areas, but it actually feels like it's doing it's job. I agree with tatlicupcake, using St. Ive's scrub works wonders too for cheap.
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
i'd love to try this cause i've really been needing sn exfoliator.
potterlove potterlove 8 years
OOOO! I want the Dermalogica one! I just so need to kill dead skin ASAP!
Julie2812 Julie2812 8 years
I'd like to try the one from Lancome.!
xrockette19x xrockette19x 8 years
i'm kind of obsessed with exfoliating, so i'll have to check these out! i have like 6 different types of salt's a little unnecessary, haha!
mizlynz mizlynz 8 years
Which exfoliant would be best for sensitive skin?
itskristina itskristina 8 years
I've tried lots of scrubs, and I have to say my favorite so far is Philosophy's Senorita Margarita Hot Salt Scrub. It may seem pricey but the jar is huge and lasts a while.
lucyS lucyS 8 years
I love the scrubby gloves too, urbanrosed. A much less expensive way to exfoliate, imo.
Scarlet39 Scarlet39 8 years
Neutrogena sesame oil and plain sugar. Best exfoliator ever!
AndiO1225 AndiO1225 8 years
I totally agree about the gloves, I use them everyday! (My boyfriend too)
urbanrosed urbanrosed 8 years
I'm much more of a fan of those scrubby gloves, because you get so much more control and they speed up your shower time so much! Everytime you soap up, you exfoliate!
tatlicupcake tatlicupcake 8 years
I think those are really expensive. Nearly $50 for bath? Put on Palmer's cocoa butter dry spray or Johnson's baby oil before you go in the shower then use St. Ives exfoliant = smooth exfoliant for way less. Or mix them in a jar to apply in shower.
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