5 Sweet Sugar-Based Body Scrubs

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The secret to smooth, glowing skin-from your shoulders, to your back, down to your feet-is a regular exfoliation routine. Getting rid of the top layer of dead skin and flaky bits can transform dry, ashy skin into soft, dewy perfection.

Microdermabrasion is an option if you're willing to shell out the cash. Some spas offer full-body treatments, which involve an esthetician usingВ a diamond-tipped wand to remove dead skin cells and impurities to reveal fresh skin and diminishВ fine lines, wrinkles, and sun spots. The process is painless and takes about an hour for the whole body.

If microdermabrasion is out of your price range, no worries. All you really need is a great body scrub or polish in your arsenal. These work by manually removing dead skin with mild abrasives (like brown sugar or grains) in a carrier oil (like jojoba, olive, coconut, or almond). Some scrubs contain polyethylene microbeads, which are tiny plastics that are bad for the environment since they end up polluting waterways; avoid these.

Here are some sweet picks that'll give you smooth skin all over. Slather these on at least once a week.

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Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish Exfoliator ($67)

This natural scrub is very luxurious. It gently buffs skin with brown sugar crystals, but the beauty of this product is in its nourishing blend of oils: sweet almond, evening primrose, apricot, and jojoba. Replenishing moisture is very much an essential part of body exfoliation. This delectable, emollientВ scrub feeds fresh skin in the process.

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Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish ($36)

Want to romance yourself? This body polishВ is all love. Super moisturizing virgin coconut oil is infused with the sublime scent of Moroccan rose. Shea butter adds even more richness. Pink clay mildly detoxifies skin to boost your inner glow. Sugar is the final touch for buffing skin to unveil radiance.

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C.O. Bigelow Almond Body Scrub ($15)

Here's an affordable sugar scrub that nourishes skin with sweet almond, jojoba, sunflower, and safflower oils. It's so simple and leaves skin feeling as smooth as silk.

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Raw Sugar Lemon Sugar Scrub ($13)

Another budget-friendly option that gets the job done, and then some. Cold-pressed lemon peel oil and lemon fruit extract help renew and brighten skin. Bonus: the citrus scent can be a powerful mood booster.

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DIY Brown Sugar Scrub

The truth is, brown sugar scrubs are so easy to whip up on your own. Just add a carrier oil, plus a few drops of essential oil if you'd like to enhance it with some aromatherapy. (Lavender is a classic for relieving stress, and orange essential oil can energize and uplift.)

Here's a simple recipe:

  1. Warm a half cup of coconut oil to room temperature.
  2. Mix in equal parts brown sugar.
  3. Add two to four drops of your favorite essential oil and mix well (optional).
  4. Massage into your body in circular motions, working from your feet all the way up to your neck. Then rinse off.

Polished Perfection

Exfoliate regularly for smooth legs, a sexy back, and everything in between. Your body will thank you.