Body Scrubs: My Top 13 Picks

Exfoliating weekly will keep a dull complexion at bay. Nothing is better than dewy skin. See "How to Exfoliate" for more information.

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  • How to apply a body scrub

You can get these scrubs in a variety of scents, which are delicate and not overwhelming. At $28, this scrub is not cheap, but it is a favorite of models, actresses and It Girls and seems to make every list I ever read about someone's "Must Have Product." This scrub is gentle enough for the face, leaves skin super soft and won't make a mess of your shower.

Perhaps the most divine-smelling of the scrubs I've tested, this fun sugar scrub (or "shower sherbet") comes in 16-ounce ice cream pint (yes, I'm not kidding) and has jojoba oil and Vitamin E. Some may find the scent a bit strong, but I like it for late-night baths. It's gentle enough to use every day.

One of the reasons I love this product is because of the fun factor. These scrubs are so unique, they make amazing gifts for teens and adults. Also, I believe in supporting small businesses and I love the concept behind the company, "to do simple things exceedingly well."

For the price, you won't find a better scrub around, but some people may find St. Ives scrubs to be a bit too abrasive and drying to skin. I say try it out and if you don't like it, return it. Just make sure your store has a good return policy.

Extra tip: Smooth on moisturizer after your bath when skin is still damp, it keeps the moisture in.
If you can afford a luxury body scrub, this is the one to get.

A completely unique body scrub, it contains teeny granules that exfoliate skin without tearing (a tendency of cheaper salt scrubs). This is a spa-quality scrub at a spa prices ($62 for a large tub). The good news is you don't need a lot of it to exfoliate the entire body.

This scrub won't tear at skin and leaves skin feeling supple and soft. Only downside is the price and the fact that it leaves the bathtub a mess (think fine, coffee grounds).

I am currently addicted to this sugar scrub. Apply some to a scrub mitt and massage all over. You're left with silky, creamy skin and no more dead skin cells. My #1 pick for any bath.
Packed with both salt and sugar, this product will scrub away all your dead skin cells while leaving skin totally hydrated thanks to the mango seed oil. This scrub is best for super dry skin.
Of the many bath salts out there, we feel the best ones contain 100% salt from Israel's Dead Sea. People with skin conditions flock to the Dead Sea for it's almost 'miracle' abilities to calm skin problems. Ahava's bath salts are the best ones on the market. Pour a few tablespoons into your bath & watch your stress melt away.
This is perhaps the most popular scrub I've seen on the market. Origins ginger body scrub contains white and brown sugars that buff roughness away while dead sea salts (made up of mostly minerals and very little sodium) help soothe skin. This scrub also contains olive oil to hydrate dry skin. I've seen positive reviews of this product on many Websites.

Extra tip: Make your own milk bath Don't want to splurge? Make your own milk bath by pouring 3 cups pure buttermilk and 3 tablespoons of honey in the tub. Stir it up and enjoy.

Perhaps the most fun bath product ever (even more fun that bubble baths, we think), bath bombs fizz like Alka Seltzer in the water and when they're done, you're left to soak in nourishing bliss. There are no better bath bombs than LUSH. They have a variety of fragrances and ingredients. Check them out and pick your favorite. That said, many companies are making wonderful bath bombs. Buy them from

Recipe: Make your own bath bomb with this recipe.

My friend Vanessa is a bath addict. She loves to luxuriate in the tub and she is a bit of a bath product hoarder. She tries so many products, she moved to the suburbs from the city in order to store the stuff. Well, not really, but kinda. Anyway, of all the bath scrubs she's tried, she tells me this Molton Brown scrub is her current favorite. It's tingly and delicious and really does warm one all over.

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Every year or so, I will go to Juvenex, a Korean spa in NYC and get their full body scrub, which is so amazing and wonderful and satisfying because you look down and there are brown balls of dead skin all over you. After experiencing this the first time I decided, "Maybe I should scrub myself a bit better in the shower, eh?" So I tried this scrub, based on a few reviews I read.

What did I think? 5 STARS! Loved it. Still use it. Scoop out a bit of this scrub and rub it in circular motions on your arms and legs and see how blissed out it makes you.