21 Body Scrubs That Will Save Your Skin This Winter


There's never a right and wrong time to exfoliate your body. Whether it's the middle of summer — the temperature pushing 100 — or the dead of winter, getting rid of dry, itchy skin is always a good idea.

Unfortunately, right now, it is winter, and our skin is begging for salvation from the brick-cold winds outside. Now is as good a time as any to take extra precautions against rough, dehydrated skin, so we're investing the rest of our holiday budget in full-body scrubs that keep flakes away.

To help you devise your winter-skin survival guide, our editors rounded up a list of their favorite exfoliators, scrubs, and body polishes. From high-end grabs to drugstore staples, here's everything we plan on using from now until... well, hopefully not much longer.

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It's 6 a.m. and the sun isn't even up yet, but your alarm clock is going off — and the only thing getting you out from underneath your cozy down comforter is this peppermint scrub. Seriously, opening up this tube in a piping-hot shower is almost as energizing as a shot of espresso. Almost.

(Malin + Goetz) peppermint body scrub, $35, available at Birchbox

If you plan on soaking in the tub tonight, take this jumbo-sized jar with you. After exfoliating your legs and arms, the scrub works double duty on your scalp to lift away product build-up and oil, too.

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub, $38, available at Birchbox

If we were handing out awards for the “most Instagrammed beauty products of 2018,” this body polish would definitely be in the running. Aside from looking pretty in your shower, the millennial-pink scrub delivers on its promise of leaving skin soft, supple, and smelling great.

Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish, $36, available at Sephora

This cult-classic proves that brown sugar is, hands down, one of nature’s best exfoliants. Combined with a sweet array of essential oils, the body polish provides a subtle sheen while locking in moisture for hours at a time.

Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish Exfoliator, $39, available at Sephora

The Seaweed Bath Co. knows its stuff — even Kim Kardashian is reportedly a fan. This particular scrub is formulated with antioxidant-rich ingredients such as seaweed, green tea, and coffee-bean extract to instantly revitalize dull, tired skin for just under $15.

The Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating Detox Body Scrub, $12.73, available at Amazon

While it might be unbearable outside, this product — along with its crushed Tahitian coconut shells and premium coconut oil — will transport you straight to the beach. Don’t worry about feeling greasy: Unlike other brands' formulas, this oil is lightweight and absorbs quickly.

Kopari Beauty Coconut Crush Scrub, $38, available at Sephora

Back in April of 2017, indie brand Frank Body released a limited-edition, coffee-based Shimmer Scrub that reportedly had over 50,000 (yes, really) people waiting in line to get their hands on it. Restocked and now with even more glitter than before, you can finally experience the hype for yourself.

Frank Body Shimmer Scrub, $21.95, available at Ulta Beauty

If glitter isn't your thing, Lush has a scrubby face and body mask that shares a similar coffee scent, but with an added twist: cocoa. Simply leave the mask on for about 15 minutes, then massage it into your skin while rinsing to reveal smoother skin.

Lush Cup O' Coffee, $11.95, available at Lush

Reviewers of this oil-free exfoliating gel claim it works miracles to remove dead skin cells and help clear up troublesome bacne.

Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator, $28, available at Sephora

Transform your Sunday ritual into a more luxurious experience with argan oil. This balmy scrub is made with sugar crystals to gently buff away flakes while natural oils keep your skin from feeling stripped dry.

Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub, $38, available at Sephora

If we’re being (really, really) real, our butts rarely get the love and attention they deserve when it comes to exfoliating in the shower. That’s where Anese’s popular Booty Scrub comes into play. Walnut-shell powder evens tone through gentle buffing, while vitamin E and several cold-pressed oils target dryness.

Anese That Booty Tho Bum Scrub & Exfoliant, $31, available at Revolve

This powerful scrub uses both chemical and physical exfoliation to smooth bumps, patchy skin, and spots while also reducing redness.

Dermadoctor KP Duty® Body Scrub, $46, available at Sephora

This scrub’s primary ingredients — almond milk imported from Spain and community-trade honey — protect dry, sensitive skin from being overworked.

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Scrub, $14.4, available at The Body Shop

Shea Moisture does wonders for naturally curly hair, but the brand also carries a line of amazing bath-and-body products for head-to-toe hydration. This scrub is a drugstore favorite thanks to its contouring, firming, and smoothing properties.

SheaMoisture SuperFruit Complex Hand & Body Scrub, $11.99, available at Ulta Beauty

Bliss brings the spa to your home with this self-heating scrub blended with sea salt, rosemary, and eucalyptus.

Bliss Hot Salt Scrub Body Polish, $15, available at Ulta Beauty

Who needs a three-leaf clover when you can slather this orange-and-cedarwood blend onto your skin for good luck?

Rituals The Ritual of Happy Buddha Body Scrub, $29, available at Rituals

Transport yourself from the shower to the spa with one use. This creamy scrub packs walnut shells to slough off your roughest spots.

Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus & Spearmint Smoothing Body Scrub, $16.5, available at Bath & Body Works

This vegan formula is good for the environment and your skin, thanks to natural sugar and açai seeds.

Natura Açai Body Scrub, $25, available at Natura Brasil

There's nothing super fancy about this scrub — which is why we love it. It smells like a delicious pomegranate smoothie, and is made up of one-quarter moisturizing cream so your skin feels immediately softer, even before you smooth on lotion.

Dove Dove Body Polish Pomegranate and Shea Butter, $5.99, available at Target

The delectable scent of this all-natural sugar scrub is almost tempting enough to try a taste, just like the rest of the bakery-themed line.

Kaike Sugar Scrub, $15, available at Kaike

You can't go wrong with a classic. Moms and beauty editors have sworn by this apricot extract and walnut shell combo for years on end — though we prefer it on our bodies, since the physical exfoliator can be a little harsh on our face.

St. Ives Fresh Skin Face Scrub Apricot, $3.64, available at Target

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