(Literal) hot take: The best thing about summer is the feel of your skin after a beach day, when you’ve spent a full eight hours laying on the sand and swimming in salt water and your body is thoroughly exfoliated. That deliciously soft, smooth texture can only be replicated by Mother Nature — but these 20 summer body scrubs come pretty darn close.
“Your skin is exposed to more sun and sweat in the summer, and body scrubs are a good way to get rid of dead skin and clogged pores,” Dr. Devika Icecreamwala, a board-certified dermatologist with Icecreamwala Dermatology in San Francisco, tells The Zoe Report. If you don’t have the luxury of beaching it up all summer long — and really, who does? — the dermatologist suggests taking matters into your own hands once or twice a week. “You do not want to over-exfoliate your skin by using a scrub every day — it can cause your skin to be more sensitive, dry, irritated, and red,” she warns.
There is a way around that, though. “I like to do my arms one day, then my legs the next — I isolate different parts of the body,” Carson Meyer, the founder of Malibu-based body scrub brand C & The Moon, tells TZR. “If you do it that way, you can exfoliate every day.”
Ahead, 20 body exfoliators your summer skin is begging for — from an antioxidant-filled blend that fights bacne to an espresso-scented sugar scrub inspired by an Italian café.