Skin deep: Body scrubs

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It's sandal season - which, by extension, means it's scrub season.

But think beyond your feet - what about an all-over scrub that gives your body the same softness and glow you'd get from rolling around in the sand? Plenty of all-purpose scrubs are designed for pre-shower or in-shower use.

Massage them all over, focusing especially on rough heels and elbows. And exfoliated skin better absorbs moisture, so be sure to rub in some lotion after you've rinsed. It's also best to exfoliate before applying self-tanner - but, remember, using scrubs afterward will reduce color.

These four options left skin smooth and smile-worthy - with the added benefit of incredibly soft hands.

Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub for New Skin

4 of 5 stars

From the manufacturer: Contains natural bamboo powders and extracts of mimosa tenuiflora and shea. Use once or twice a week, massaging into damp or dry skin before rinsing.

Pros:Boasts the smallest granules of the three liquid scrubs, which makes it the least abrasive. Smell is pleasant, albeit a bit grandma-y.

Cons:The solution is rather pasty and evaporates quickly as you rub it in, which means a little doesn't go very far. It's best applied to damp skin or in combination with lotion.

Available, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora, $35

Mama Mio O-Mega Body Buff

5 of 5 stars

From the manufacturer: Micro-ground pumice grains combine with sweet almond oil and aloe vera. Use twice the first week and once weekly thereafter.

Pros:A little goes a long way, even on dry skin. Plus, it's a thick enough consistency to keep from dripping everywhere. Scent is light and of chamomile.


Available and, $33

Bliss Super Slough Scrub

3 of 5 stars

From the manufacturer: Exfoliates with jojoba beads and pumice. Massage into damp or dry skin; rinse.

Pros:The scrub solution is a pretty blue color and smells fresh. Love the oversized bottle, which will last a while.

Cons:With the biggest granules, this one is the most abrasive. It's also a bit too runny - the bigger bottle size is only an advantage if you're able to use it, not lose it.

Available, BeautyFirst, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora, $34

Mikamy Meadows Natural Loofah Soap

5 of 5

From the manufacturer: Half a loofah sponge is embedded in a bar of glycerin soap. Use it in the shower, especially on hands and feet.

Pros: Easy-to-grip, all-in-one soap is easier to use. Plus, you won't find lingering scrubber particles after showering.

Cons: Wish it had a scent to it. Also, doesn't do quite the smoothing job the liquid scrubs did - but this makes it a great everyday option instead.

Available at, $8