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Question: How should I exfoliate?

Answer: Warm weather is all about shorts and crop tops, and you know what that means: it’s time to slough off that dead skin and get summertime smooth! Here are a few ways you can exfoliate this spring and summer:

Exfoliating tools

Exfoliating tools are a great option when it comes to face and body exfoliation. The Clarisonic comes in two sizes—the Mia is smaller and meant for the face, while the larger version is for body exfoliation. If you aren’t ready to financially commit to a hardcore exfoliating tool yet, Olay’s cleansing brush renders similar results for a fraction of the price. Both have a detachable, pulsating brush head (the Clarisonic’s brush head being slightly larger). If you’re an avid traveler, a tool like this might be your best option. It’s fairly small, requires no liquid/cream exfoliators that might be an issue for airlines—oh, and it’s one less container that might leak in your luggage!


Exfoliating scrubs come in a variety of scents and consistencies. Pro-tip: the finer the consistency, the more gentle it’ll be on your skin. The True Blue Spa Scrub has a fantastic eucalyptus scent and the formulation is very fine. It feels fantastic on the body, but might be too harsh for the face depending on how sensitive your skin is.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub is a cult favorite—and for good reason. With its refreshing scent, it’s easily accessible and is one of the more affordable exfoliators on the market. I have found the consistency of this scrub to be too abrasive for the face, but it’s fantastic as a body scrub, especially on the feet!

Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant comes with a luxury price tag, but for some it may be worth it. This exfoliator comes in powder form; sprinkle as much as you want in your hand and just add water. The exfoliating granules are extremely fine and non-abrasive. Like the Clarisonic and Olay tool, this is definitely more travel-friendly.

Don’t forget the lips! Lush’s lip scrubs come in a variety of delicious flavors—and since they’re made primarily of sugar, they’re totally lickable!

If you’re a DIY girl who is seeking something more natural, you’ll be happy to know that there are tons of DIY recipes available. Regardless of the method you choose, be sure to follow up with a body butter, face moisturizer or lip balm!