Scrub that Skin!

‘Tis the season to exfoliate! Here are some great body scrubs to get rid of those dead skin cells and give your body a new lease on life. Sea salt has long been considered to have healing properties. Doctors have used it in the treatment of psoriasis, and many people believe it helps with inflammation. It continues to be one of the two most popular exfoliating ingredients in modern products. The other oft-used ingredient is sugar, which contains alphahydroxy acid, a natural exfoliator that adds potency to any scrub.

Ole Henriksen’s Rub n’ Buff Salt Scrub is made for all skin types. A “spa strength” body scrub, Rub n’ Buff is perfect to prep your skin for tanning (if you still go for that kind of thing), but it also has soothing ingredients such as lemongrass and lavender to help your skin feel smooth and soft. I love the light, fresh, citrusy scent and the big, 28oz tub makes it easy to use. About $48.

SukÍ Body Exfoliate Foaming Body Cleanser employs sugar, lemongrass, acai oil and caffeine (it’s great for the skin) to bring a healthy glow to your body. The foaming aspect helps a little go a long way, too. While it is formulated for all skin types, it is especially effective for eczema-prone skin. This vegan product goes for about $35 for a 7oz jar.

If you are a chocolate lover, then you may be tempted to taste Crater Lake Company’s Chocolate Truffle Body Polish. No surprise, sugar is the scrub here, with Peruvian cocoa powder, shea butter and natural cocoa butter, making for not only an effective exfoliator, but one that smells good enough to eat. The effects from this scrub last for hours, and it’s just the right selection when you are in the mood for something different. $22 for 9oz.

I Love… Cosmetics is pretty new to the USA, having been “born” in the UK. Their Exfoliating Shower Smoothie comes in several “flavors,” such as Coconut & Cream and Mango & Papaya. I tried Lemons & Limes and it was absolutely wonderful! Instead of salt or sugar, they use crushed almond powder for this scrub, which makes it especially gentle. The scent lingered for hours and my skin almost felt like it didn’t need moisturizer (but I wouldn’t be fooled—always moisturize after a scrub). It comes in a handy tube with a flip top for easy dispensing. Available in drug and department stores for about $8 for 6.76oz.

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at