Get glowing skin all over your body with these powerful, effective exfoliators.
We spend a lot of time taking care of the skin on our faces. But skin care encompasses a whole lot more of our bodies — much of which is far more exposed in the summer.
Here are some products that smooth and exfoliate better than basic lotion alone, for those looking to put in a little more work from the neck down.
Ren Skincare AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum ($42 at usa.renskincare.com). This new 10 percent AHA body serum delivers full-body exfoliation without the often-damaging effects of scrubbing. It’s super lightweight, with a lotion-gel-hybrid texture that’s perfect for humid summer days. It’s rich in lactic acid and xylitol, which are able to draw water molecules from the skin to the surface, and probiotics, which boost the skin’s defense barrier.
Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion ($43 at glytone-usa.com). This smoothing moisturizer, with 17.5 percent glycolic acid, evens skin texture, brightens and reduces the appearance of uneven skin tone. The formula includes vitamin E to condition skin and provide antioxidant protection against environmental aggressors. It’s ideal for those with keratosis pilaris, though works to tighten, tone, hydrate and exfoliate any skin type.
Skinceuticals Body Tightening Concentrate ($78 at skinceuticals.com). Apply this treatment to retexture damaged skin on your body. The gel combines sodium lactate (a lactic acid derivative) with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, to provide exfoliation with a ton of hydration. Cool upon application, it’ll smooth rough skin on your elbows, knees and heels, as well as provide an all-over glow.
Mario Badescu A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap ($14 at mariobadescu.com). This body wash is perfect for those who get breakouts on their back or chest. The formula is enriched with fruit extracts to exfoliate and cleanse your skin: Papaya and grapefruit extracts help break down dead cells to leave skin feeling soft and smooth, while ginseng extract rejuvenates, and oat protein soothes sensitive and irritated areas.
Dermadoctor KP Duty Body Scrub ($46 at dermadoctor.com). Both a physical and chemical exfoliant (a serious skin-smoothing combo), this dermatologist-formulated exfoliator combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion into a single formulation. It’s especially helpful for those with keratosis pilaris.
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 Corps ($95 at at aidabicaj.com). This new body version of the brand’s cult-favorite face lotion has the same tingly, vinegar-scented feel. It exfoliates your skin while nourishing it with botanical extracts and vitamins, as well as balances your skin’s pH, smooths rough patches, tightens pores and boots hydration.
Chantecaille Retinol Body Treatment ($102 at at chantecaille.com). With a base of pure rosewater, this luxe treatment smells floral, feels thick and hydrating, and incorporates encapsulated retinol to treat and fill fine lines and uneven skin. It clears body acne quickly, so it may be worth a splurge before a big event.