How to find the best body scrub for your skin type

Dead skin, be gone

Chance are you probably exfoliate your face on the regular, but we bet there’s a few of you who are guilty of neglecting to use the best body scrub for your skin on a frequent basis.

As it turns out, your body needs just as much TLC as your face does. Exfoliating the skin on your body can help prevent ingrown hairs, reduce the appearance of hyper pigmentation, eliminate dry skin on your knees and elbows and even de-stress you, if you pick the right scent.

And because the skin on your body isn’t as sensitive as the skin on your face, you can experiment with different elements, such as sugar, salt, lemon juice and pumpkin skin.

But how can you be sure what the best body scrub for your skin type is? Well, we’ve done the hard work for you and picked out the best body scrub depending on your skin type.

PS: For best results, start at your toes and work your way up your body in circular motions. Not only will this ensure you don’t miss a spot, but it will also increase your blood circulation and help make your skin glow naturally.

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Best body scrub for dry skin

best body scrub REN

One of our favourite nourishing body scrubs on the market right now is REN Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Scrub, £32, It’s a really thick, dense sugar scrub enriched with oils that’ll polish your skin to perfection, but doesn’t leave a slippery mess behind in your shower. Follow up with the Moroccan Rose Otto Body Oil for the ultimate nourishing treat. Another key ingredient to look out for is shea butter, your dry skin wonder balm. Looking for a less expensive option? The Sanctuary’s Moisturising Butter Scrub, £7, Boots, will be right up your street. Packed with shea butter and sweet almond oil, it not only buffs away those pesky dead skin cells, but leaves your skin super soft and smooth.

Best body scrub for oily skin

best body scrub Paula's Choice

If you struggle with oily skin and back acne, you’ll want a body scrub that’s going to help to unclog your pores and rid bacne for good. Look for something containing salicylic acid, aka Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), a miracle ingredient for breaking down dead skin cells and unclogging pores. Allow us to introduce you to Paula’s Choice Weightless 2% BHA Body Treatment, £30,, a winner when it comes to getting rid of dreaded bacne. It also works to treat skin conditions such as keratosis pilaris and eczema and reduce the signs of ageing. If you’re wary about trying it, you can pick up a couple of sample sizes for just 70p each (but we’re pretty sure you’ll love it). Alternatively, try all-natural Alba Acne Face & Body Scrub, £7.99, Holland and Barrett – made with non-comedogenic ingredients and a high concentration of salicylic acid, walnut shell is your key exfoliant here to decongest those clogged pores. It’s gentle enough to use on your face, too, if you struggle with a spot-prone complexion.

Best body scrub for combination skin

best body scrub Molton Brown

A great buy is Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Comforting Body Polish, Black vanilla grains will buff away the old skin to reveal the new, while the calming scent of ylang-ylang will make you feel like you can conquer the world. This one feels like a real indulgent treat that’s great for winding down in the evenings – think hot bubble bath and a glass of wine.

Best body scrub for sensitive skin

best body scrub Body Shop

You may think that, if you have sensitive skin, an exfoliator is an absolute no-no. But you couldn’t be more wrong – there are some great body scrubs out there that can get rid of your dead skin without feeling too harsh or abrasive. Specifically designed for those with dry and sensitive skin,  The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Scrub, £15, gets rid of any sore dryness without irritating your skin further. Be sure to follow up with your favourite soothing moisturiser to calm your skin post-exfoliating.

Homemade body scrubs

Of course, if you don’t want to spend money on a body scrub, you can easily make your own. We love the below Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub recipe from Wellness Mama.


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Mix the ingredients together, storing your scrub in an air-tight jar
  • Use about 1 tablespoon or small handful to scrub your skin and rinse well

What are you waiting for? Go and scrub up.

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