The Best Exfoliating Products for Smooth Skin

No, we don’t want no scrubs (at least not the TLC kind). But face and body scrubs that will leave us fresh and glowing? We’ll try ‘em allllllYou don’t have to be Gwyneth Paltrow to understand that dewy skin is key to a youthful look. And the secret to that isn’t (just) moisturizing every other second; it’s exfoliating like it’s your J-O-B. Here, the exfoliating gear and toiletries SwearBy’s dewiest damsels believe are must-haves to beautify every inch of you, from your head to your heels.

Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish

Five SwearBy editors (and counting) have posted about this coconut oil body polish—it’s that good. Says Lindsey Castronovo of it’s almost magical properties: “I have very dry skin that gets red and irritated during the Chicago winters. This product completely takes that away. My skin is soft, not red, and not itchy.” But it’s equally useful in the hot months—especially if Covid-19’s sanitation measures have left your hands as parched as a desertscape.“This is a summer essential for exfoliating that dry wintery skin! This product smells delicious too!” says Julie Shapiro.

The Body Exfoliator - Nécessaire

Need a refreshing pick-me-up? Consider adding this to your shower routine. SwearBy editor Sara Tan loves how it feels and smells. “This is hands down my favorite body exfoliating product. Not only does it feel luxurious on my skin, but the refreshing eucalyptus scent smells incredible,” she says. 

LuvScrub Mesh Body Exfoliator

So-long Korean body scrubs! After 2 uses I was hooked and tossed all of my loofahs and wash gloves,” says Kimberly Cummings of this exfoliating nylon cloth. Grace Atwood uses it too. “This is from a very cool small Black-owned business and it’s truly the best exfoliating wash cloth I’ve ever tried. It leaves your skin so soft without any irritation. I love my LuvScrub!” When they put the love right in the name, how could you not?

Herbivore Botanicals Prism Exfoliating Glow Serum

Nobody ever said exfoliators have to be grainy. “As the name suggests, this silky serum delivers some seriously glowy results,” says beauty writer and editor Lindsay Colameo, who says it leaves you looking like you’ve just had a professional facial. “The mix of natural fruit acids and extracts act as a do-it-all combining a gentle exfoliation and mega hydration into one step that results in dewy, smoothed, and conditioned skin.” Stephanie Perry loves that it’s made of vegan hyaluronic acid and aloe water. “This clean serum is my go-to for glowing, radiant skin. Made with vitamin c and AHAs, the serum exfoliates your complexions, ridding it of dull, dry skin while also hydrating it in the process.”

Skinfood Strawberry Black Sugar Wash-Off Face Mask | Soko Glam

I’m honestly a little hungry reading about this face mask, which sounds like a roadside berry stand—a.k.a. summer in a jar—with strawberry and black sugar as key ingredients. “This is the perfect light exfoliation – I reach for it whenever I wake up and my skin is feeling a little dull or I get some dry winter patches,” says Kelly Morris. “Not to mention it smells DELICIOUS too, and I am never a fan of sweet or artificial fruit smells.” But Maria Corrales may have put it best: “This mask smells as good as it makes my skin feel.” 

Lush Scrubee Body Butter

“Scrubee is one of my favorite LUSH products. It was a seasonal release that was so popular that customers begged on social media for this to be a year-round product + now it is!” says Michele Falcone. “After washing your body, get the underside of Scrubee wet + apply in circular motions until you have enough on your skin. Use your hands to gently exfoliate + work the rich butters into your skin. Rinse off + pat dry.” We love it for the shape—a bumble bee!—and the fact that it contains a veritable smoothie of ground almonds, coconut shell, and honey. Delish.

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub

A scalp scrub? Is this truly necessary? Short answer: YES, GIRL. “This removes every possible shred of product from my hair. It’s fantastic if you want your hair (or skin!) to feel 1000% clean and ready for a new week, a big date, or are just needing to feel relaxed,” says Caitlin Kimmet. New York-based theater director Megan Minutillo is OBSESSED, all caps. “I use my body weight in shampoo and oils, and all kinds of products to tame this crazy mane, and I have yet to find a deep clean like this. Your head will feel ten pounds lighter after using this. It’s phenomenal.”

Hi! [Insert waving blonde emoji here] I'm a Colorado-based freelance writer, and I'm Niles Crane-level picky about everyyyyything.