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11 body scrubs that would make TLC reconsider the whole ‘no scrubs’ thing

It may be obvious, but any beauty buff worth their salt knows that good body scrubs or exfoliators are one of the quickest and the easiest routes to soft, glowy, healthy skin.

A gentle exfoliation can help speed things along and polish away scaly skin in favour of some good old-fashioned smoothness. And, if you’re looking to keep hold of a long-lasting, even tan for longer (whether fake or natural), a decent scrub will see off rough skin and boost circulation for supremely soft, naturally glowing skin.

Why do we need a body scrub?

Technically, our body kind of scrubs itself – naturally, our skin turns over its cells regularly, shedding old dead cells to reveal shiny fresh new ones. But when dead cells hang about for longer than they’re needed (a very normal occurence), it can lead to dull-looking skin, clogged pores – which can result in build-up and breakouts – and ingrown hairs.

What are the benefits of a body scrub?

“Body scrubs and exfoliators are a great way to help achieve soft silky skin,” confirms facialist and skin expert, Michaella Bolder. “Using a body exfoliator will work to buff away dead skin cells, stimulate blood flow and aid lymphatic drainage leaving your skin feeling smooth, soft and with a more even-looking skin tone. They can also help to prevent ingrowing hairs and unclog pores to improve your overall skin condition,” she adds.

Is a physical or chemical exfoliator better?

As with facial exfoliators, we have options when it comes to how to polish our bod. You can choose between physical or chemical exfoliators. “Physical exfoliators typically contain abrasive particles like sugar, salt, or ground seeds that physically scrub away dead skin cells. They can be effective but may be too harsh for sensitive or easily irritated skin,” explains Amanda Azzopardi, aesthetic nurse and founder of Amanda Azzopardi Aesthetics. “Chemical exfoliators contain ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) that dissolve dead skin cells and promote cell turnover without the need for scrubbing. They are often gentler and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Ultimately, the best exfoliator for you depends on your skin’s needs and tolerance level,” she says.

“I advise clients with more sensitive or acne prone skin to opt for a chemical exfoliator as they will be less forceful,” says Michaella. This tends to mean body washes or moisturisers containing AHAs that lift away dead skin cells the same way a brightening face mask would. “I would typically choose my scrub depending on my desired result or my skin’s needs,” she adds. “For example I would use a chemical exfoliator for weekly use or when I may be experiencing clogged pores (especially the back area) but then would look to use a physical scrub before shaving or tanning to really buff away dead skin cells and leave my skin feeling silky smooth,” she says.

How and when should I use a body scrub?

Balance is key to avoid damaging or stripping your skin. “The frequency and method of using a body scrub depend on your skin type and preferences. For most people, using a body scrub once or twice a week is sufficient to maintain healthy, glowing skin,” says Amanda. “A body scrub isn’t something you would use everyday as this would be of detriment to the skin’s barrier function. I would recommend using a body scrub 2-3 times a week and particularly if you’re planning on applying fake tan,” agrees Michaella.

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As for optimal conditions, “it’s best to use a body scrub in the shower or bath when your skin is damp, as this helps to soften the skin and enhance the exfoliation process,” says Amanda. “Gently massage the scrub onto your skin using circular motions, focusing on areas that tend to be rough or dry, such as elbows, knees, and heels. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water after scrubbing to reveal smoother, refreshed skin,” she says.

What body exfoliators should I use?

Whether it’s the dermatologist-approved Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum Body Scrub (which has been formulated with Amazonian guarana seeds to buff away impurities) or Ameliorate’s trending Skin Smoothing Exfoliator (it uses lactic acid, a chemical exfoliant, to gently buff away dead cells), or a polishing exfoliating glove, we’ve rounded up the best body exfoliators to know below…

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Scroll to shop GLAMOUR’s edit of the best body scrubs for every skin type.

  • Image may contain FoodBest overall body scrubSol de Janeiro Bum Bum Body ScrubWhy we love it: This body scrub is essentially summer, bottled. As well as smelling like a Brazilian sunrise, this formula is packed with Amazonian guarana seeds to scrub and firm your skin. It deserves all the peach emojis.£39 AT SEPHORA
  • Image may contain Cosmetics and DeodorantBest affordable body scrubDove Pomegranate Seeds & Shea Butter Body ScrubWhy we love it: The perfect balance of scrub and moisturiser, this polished away dead skin with pomegranate seeds before topping moisture levels back up with nourishing shea butter. It smells delicious and it costs less than a tenner.Save when you shop for the best body scrubs with these Boots promo codes.£7 AT BOOTS
  • Image may contain Bottle and ShakerBest physical and chemical exfoliatorByoma Smoothing Body PolishWhy we love it: This combines gentle chemical and physical exfoliation to brighten skin. Pumice and perlite granules slough away pumps while PHAs de-gunk and de-glue dead skin cells. A prebiotic complex balances the microbiome and panthenol binds moisture to skin. Use it like an in-shower body wash, massaging it on, then rinsing away with warm water.£12.99 AT CULT BEAUTY
  • Image may contain Cosmetics Bottle Face Head and PersonBest smelling body scrubOuai St Barts Scalp & Body ScrubWhy we love it: The smell gives pure tropical vacay vibes, which brings the sunshine through winter and gets us in the holiday mood in summer. It smells like pineapple and Um Bongo (iykyk). As for the scrub, soft sugar crystals gently but effectively buff skin smooth.£36 AT CULT BEAUTY

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  • Image may contain Bottle Lotion Shampoo and ShakerBest brightening body scrubNaturium The Smoother Glycolic Acid Exfoliating WashWhy we love it: This chemical body exfoliator blends a super cocktail of AHAs including glycolic, pyruvic, lactic and tartaric acids. It smooths bumps and rough patches and it polishes away dark patches and scarring over time, too.£18 AT SPACE NK
  • Image may contain Envelope Rug and MailBest simple body scrubFrank Body Original Coffee ScrubWhy we love it: Sometimes the simple things are the best. This takes ingredients you’d find in your kitchen – coffee grinds and salt flakes – blends it with sweet almond oil and serves up a kind-to-skin scrub that smells like an espresso for the caffeine hit you need in the morning. Plus, it comes in several other flavours such as coconut and cocoa.Save when you shop for the best body scrub with these Cult Beauty discount codes.£6.95 AT CULT BEAUTY
  • Image may contain Bottle Lotion and CosmeticsThe best body exfoliator for congested skinPaula’s Choice 2% BHA Body Spot ExfoliantWhy we love it: If you’re experiencing bacne (that’s back acne), bum spots or general body blemishes, this stuff is magic. Salicylic acid helps to un-plug pores and tackle under-the-skin bumps, smoothing while it goes. This works like a moisturiser, so apply it after you’ve showered to clean skin (and make sure to load up on spf after).£33 AT CULT BEAUTY
  • Image may contain Text Business Card Paper and LabelBest body exfoliating scrubDrunk Elephant Sugared Koffie Almond Milk ScrubWhy we love it: The ingredients of this luxurious body scrub read like a label for a nourishing (and delicious) dessert menu. Think almond milk, coffee bean extract, passionfruit and brown sugar crystals.£34 AT CULT BEAUTY

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  • Image may contain Bottle and CosmeticsBest chemical body exfoliator for bumpy skinAmeliorate Skin Smoothing ExfoliatorWhy we love it: This high-performance brand is heralded for its skin-smoothing abilities and this multi-tasking exfoliator is a must-have for anyone with dry, bumpy skin. It uses lactic acid, a chemical exfoliant, which gently buffs away dead cells while enhancing elasticity and resilience.Save when you shop for the best body scrub with these LookFantastic discount codes.£18 AT LOOK FANTASTIC
  • Image may contain Head Person Face Cosmetics Can Tin and MakeupBest natural body scrubMirror Water Buff Body ExfoliatorWhy we love it: Fans of this stuff fall hard which explains why its so regularly sold out. Formulated with 99.9% natural ingredients, salts and shea nut powder are suspended in a jelly-like moisturising vitamin E-rich sunflower seed oil for a super soft feeling scrub.£47 AT SPACE NK
  • Image may contain Bottle Cosmetics and SunscreenBest body mittLiz Earle Cleanse & Polish Body Gentle Mitt CleanserWhy we love it: Liz Earle took their best-selling Cleanse & Polish then served it up for our body. The body cleanser’s exceptionally rich formula leaves your skin feeling hydrated, while exfoliation comes from the gentle mitt that helps buff away any dead skin cells.Save when you shop for body scrubs with these John Lewis discount codes.

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