"I Don't Know How I Lived so Far Without It:" 10 Exfoliating Tools That Work

We talk a lot about how important it is to exfoliate our faces, but here's the real question: How often do you give your body some TLC? If I'm being honest, personally, I forget more often than not. I only really remember when my skin feels dry and scaly (gross, I know). Or I tend to exfoliate more in the summertime when I'm baring my skin a little more and want it to appear silky smooth and glowy.

But it's important to exfoliate your body. How often you do it depends on your skin type, but the rule of thumb is if your skin is always flaky—or flakier than usual—it's probably time to work some exfoliation into your routine. Plus, your body can withstand a little bit more exfoliation than your face, since the skin is less sensitive. One dermatologist told me that unless your skin is sensitive or you have eczema-prone skin, you can exfoliate your body a few times a week if you want to.


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And some parts of the body need more exfoliation than others. Your legs, in particular, are more prone to dryness and flakiness, so you might need to exfoliate them more often. Ultimately, it all depends on your skin type and what its needs are—just assess and adjust accordingly.

There are a lot of great scrubs and chemical exfoliant product out there that can fit seamlessly into your routine, but you can also get a little extra help from some exfoliating tools. These make it so easy to slough off those dead skin cells to reveal, softer, smoother, and more radiant skin. Take a look at some highly rated options below—and I've included some real-person reviews that might just sell you on them.


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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.

In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).

She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.