If your skin is extra-sensitive or you’re concerned about premature aging, opt for a rice bran scrub. Rice bran, the outer layer that surrounds each individual kernel, is a quadruple threat. First, the fine powder sweeps away debris. Next, it helps soothe chronic inflammation. It’s also rich in collagen-boosting phytic acid has UV-absorbing properties that help prevent sun spots.
Our Pick: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant®
Gentler than their salt-based counterparts, sugar scrubs are ideal for dry complexions because sugar is a humectant that helps skin hold onto moisture. What’s more, it serves as a natural source of glycolic acid, which “boosts firmness by increasing the thickness of your skin’s deeper layers,” says Sampson.
Our Pick: Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser
Fretting over cellulite and saggy skin? Try a coarse coffee ground scrub. “Coffee is a stimulant with antioxidant properties—used in a body scrub, it invigorates skin,” says Hollywood facialist Biba de Sousa. Caffeine helps increase circulation, leaving skin more toned.
Our Pick: Make your own scrub by following a fun DIY recipe!
Cure red, irritated skin (including sunburns) with a classic oatmeal scrub. Oatmeal buffs away flaky skin and soothes itchiness—perfect after a long day at the beach.
Our Pick: Befine Exfoliating Cleanser
Save this turbo-charged exfoliator for your body—it’s great at sloughing away rough patches on elbows and knees. Since sea salt can be drying, Sampson suggests “looking for a formula that includes plant oils, antioxidants, and vitamins to help soothe skin in the process.”
Our Pick: dirt. luxe salt scrub - lemon leaf