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10 Best Exfoliating Scrubs in 2020

They say beauty is only skin deep, but let’s face it: sometimes, you get the feeling that the pretty is hidden under a layer of dull, dry skin. Exfoliators work to scrub away dead skin, revealing the brighter, smoother complexion that lies beneath.

The best exfoliating products will gently slough without damaging tender skin. From body and face scrubs with sugar and salt to those with microbeads, we explored the options and came up with ten elite exfoliators:

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1. Handcraft Blends Himalayan Salt Body Scrub

Handcraft Blends Himalayan Salt Body Scrub

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As close as you can get to a spa experience at home, this scrub invigorates while it exfoliates. Himalayan pink salt is mineral-rich, and your skin will absorb the benefits – plus, this scrub can increase circulation, and that leads to healthier-looking skin. The exfoliator is fortified with sweet almond and lychee oils.

Pros:
+Removes dead skin cells without abrasion
+The mineral-rich formula is free of parabens and sulfates
+Exfoliation, hydration and detox benefits in one treatment

Why We Like It – This earned our Best Overall award because you can use it, well, overall, your body for fab results. Himalayan salt is a gentle-but-effective exfoliator that nurtures skin as it scrubs, and the luxe formula leaves skin silky smooth and hydrated without feeling greasy.


2. M3 Naturals Himalayan Salt Scrub

M3 Naturals Himalayan Salt Scrub

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Himalayan salt is more than an inert exfoliator: it contains minerals and can help detoxify your body. This product boosts those benefits with stem cells, collagen, and lychee oil, proving that self-indulgence can be good for you.

Pros:
+Ultra-luxe formula
+Apple stem cells help protect skin
+Collagen repairs and rejuvenates skin while the salt exfoliates away impurities

Why We Like It – Details like pure Himalayan salt and all-natural ingredients make this exfoliator worth the price tag. It’s perfect for sensitive skin and can be used on the face as well as body.


3. Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Facial Scrub

Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Facial Scrub

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Enhanced with soy extract to calm and brighten skin, Aveeno’s face scrub removes dead skin cells via a mild, nature-based exfoliant, so it’s safe for most skin types. We like the addition of jojoba and castor oils, as they nourish your face while the granules do their job. Noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic, this mild formula can be used often.

Pros:
+Soothes and brightens
+Will exfoliate without irritating delicate skin
+Brand is dermatologist-recommended

Why We Like It – One of the best face scrubs for all skin types, as it gently – but effectively – polishes away imperfections. The soy extract works to brighten and even complexions. It’s hypoallergenic, too.


4. Palmer’s Coconut Sugar Facial Scrub Exfoliator

Palmer's Coconut Sugar Facial Scrub Exfoliator

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Coconut’s on a bit of a roll these days, and when it comes to facial scrubs, it offers all the benefits you could hope for. The fruit’s mild oil makes an excellent moisturizer, and coconut sugar has enough grit to buff away dead skin gently. Palmer sticks to fair-trade coconut oil and steers clear of sulfates.

Pros:
+Contains natural ingredients like chamomile extract and Tahitian Monoi
+Coconut sugar granules will dissolve without water
+Environmentally friendly, sustainably sourced formula

Why We Like It – The coconut sugar granules strike the perfect balance between gentle and robust, and you can tweak the effect by using more or less elbow grease when scrubbing.


5. Dove Exfoliating Body Scrub

Dove Exfoliating Body Scrub

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Mild enough to use every few days, Dove’s body scrub, like its soap, is made with a generous portion of moisturizing cream. Sensitive skin is safe, and dry skin will soak up the nourishing rice milk and macadamia nut formula. It’s one of the best exfoliators to use before tanning: it’ll beautifully prepare skin for even application.

Pros:
+Gentle exfoliation cushioned by moisturizing cream
+Indulgent, rich formula is scented with macadamia nut and rice milk
+Easy on both your skin and your budget

Why We Like It – This one earned praise for its creamy, whipped texture and distinctive fragrance. It may also earn our “best for dry skin” designation – it’s made from 1/4 moisturizing cream, making it a soothing option for wintertime.


6. St. Ives Fresh Skin Face Scrub

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Another exfoliator that may earn every-other-day status, the apricot-based St. Ives version contains walnut shell powder and acts as a cleanser while it scrubs. (Note: it can be “scrubbier” than other brands we looked at, but it’s still one of the best face scrubs out there.) Use on damp skin and don’t neglect your neck – the 10-ounce tub is a bargain.

Pros:
+The exfoliating cleanser does double duty
+Nature-based ingredients
+Affordable enough for use beyond your face

Why We Like It – St. Ives has honed its craft over the years; this exfoliator now has softer walnut shell granules and a creamier apricot base. It smells great and leaves skin looking toned and hydrated.


7. Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Facial Scrub

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Infused with menthol for a fresh, cool feel, Clean & Clear’s Deep Action can be used as a daily cleanser or an occasional exfoliator. The microbeads aren’t made from plastic – a plus if you like eco-minded brands – and it deep cleans pores, targeting makeup, oil, and dirt.

Pros:
+Oil-free formula won’t clog pores
+Refreshes and cools your skin
+Can be a part of your daily skincare regimen

Why We Like It – The tingly sensation and cooling effects can help wake you up in the morning (and we’ll take all the help we can get!), plus this cleanser-scrub left combination skin fresh with just a quick rinse after use.


8. The Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating Detox Body Scrub

The Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating Detox Body Scrub

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Seaweed Bath Co. offers an entire line composed of natural ingredients, putting the spotlight on the humble bladderwrack seaweed plant, which provides a host of benefits. In essence, it detoxifies the skin and reduces inflammation. Combined with other natural goodies, the hardworking seaweed revitalizes and protects – and may even reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Pros:
+Green, eco-friendly ingredients, and manufacturing
+Carefully composed formula purifies while it exfoliates
+Promotes skin elasticity and firmness

Why We Like It – Some people pay a lot to visit a spa and be slathered in seaweed and clay – skip the trip and enjoy spa-level ingredients at home. We were hooked on the from-the-sea backstory of this brand, as well.


9. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub

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Shea butter smells so good; we’d use it even if it weren’t so effective. Luckily, it works like a charm, especially combined with the fruit extracts in this sugar-based body polisher. It’s gentle enough for delicate skin, but users noted it works great on feet as well. Like choices? This is offered in coffee-bean, guava and passionfruit, tropical mango, and more formulations.

Pros:
+Made with organic shea butter
+Offered in a medley of blends, from pear and chia to pequi
+Effective exfoliation for feet, but gentle on tender skin


10. Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub

Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub

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Beyond its exfoliating benefits, Himalayan salt can also ease sore muscles and increase circulation, leaving you relaxed – and in the case of this softly scented polishing potion, smelling as good as you feel. The lychee and almond oils provide just the right level of moisturizing for dry skin.

Pros:
+Mineral-rich Himalayan salt helps ease aching muscles
+Increases circulation and leaves skin vitalized
+Delicate, light scent

Why We Like It – Perfect for a soaking session, this will exfoliate without irritating your skin. We loved the sweet, light lychee, and almond scent, which lingers without being overwhelming.


Exfoliating Scrubs Buyer’s Guide

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Whether you’re searching for the best face scrub or one for your whole body, look for the one that’ll deliver on both exfoliation and nourishment for your skin. The best brands will carefully balance their formulations to polish and moisturize – some with antiaging ingredients, and others designed to leave skin refreshed. If you like a light or (or luscious) scent, scope out customer reviews for comments on fragrance, too.

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