Summer is swiftly approaching and that means it’s time to get that body in gear. No, I’m not talking about hitting the gym—I’m talking skincare. While our faces are usually the stars of the show when it comes to skincare, it’s crucial not to forget the skin all over your body.
During the winter months, most of us tend to neglect the skin on our extremities. Once summertime hits, though, it’s a mad rush to get the dry elbows and alligator scales under control. That’s where a good scrub comes in to save the day. Exfoliating body washes are a perfect solution to get rid of dry and flaky skin, but not all exfoliators are created equal. Just ask Kylie Jenner, currently under social media attack for a new walnut scrub in her upcoming skincare line. Walnut scrubs have been long discredited by dermatologists as too abrasive for the skin, even causing micro-tears and leading to long term damage and aging effects. Cult-favorite skincare brand St. Ives fell from grace just a few years ago after a customer infamously sued the brand for their marketing of an exfoliator containing walnut shells. Not to worry, though—we’ve weeded out the walnuts to round up five of the best and gentlest exfoliators on the market. Check out our exfoliating body wash picks for soft, supple summertime skin!
CARESS TAHITIAN RENEWAL EXFOLIATING BODY WASH
For a gentle exfoliation experience with an intoxicating fragrance, try the Caress Tahitian Renewal Pomegranate Seeds & Coconut Milk Body Wash ($3.99, target.com). This wash is infused with a unique blend of floral oils for moisture that penetrates into the skin. Gentle exfoliating particles slough off dead skin without damaging the epidermis, making this a great choice to recover after a day out in the sun.