Exfoliating is as important to your body as it is to your face. It helps remove dead skin cells, which not only makes the skin surface smoother, but also helps the moisturizing products you apply to penetrate deeper. “As long as you don’t overdo it, [a physical scrubber like this one] helps to peel off some of the flaky skin left over from the winter days, ”says Ranella Hirsch, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist based in Massachusetts and co-founder of Atolla Skin Health.
Terracotta Detox Scrubber by Bathing Culture ($ 20) is made from solid natural clay, which means that in addition to looking spa-like chic in your shower, it offers some pretty strong skin exfoliation properties. Covered in hundreds of tiny ridges (that look adorable like scales), it can be used to gently cleanse the skin of your hands and feet, or to really treat calluses on your feet. Plus, it’s easy to clean, which means you don’t have to worry about it becoming a breeding ground for bacteria like your traditional loofahs do.
For best results, Dr. Hirsch recommends combining the scrubber with something with strong lather, such as Dove Instant Foaming Body Wash ($ 6) “so that the exfoliator spreads the cleanser instead of scrubbing too hard,” she says. Be sure to use warm water (not scalding water) to avoid damaging your skin, and be careful with any products that have a potentially irritating fragrance. After your shower, apply a powerful full body moisturizer (some of our favorites in this category also cost less than $ 20) to help soften and hydrate your skin while helping to strengthen its barrier.
Think of it as the adult version of the fish-shaped toys that made bathing so much fun when you were a kid, but with the added benefit of being much better for your skin.
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