Pretty Smart: 22 Ways to Get Skin So Soft

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Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Scrub

“Putting a scrub on my dry face seemed a rather unpleasant prospect,” says assistant managing editor Jillian King. “But the cleanly scented formula applied smoothly. Microbeads whisked away dull skin without depleting moisture.”

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Tatcha Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder

“Using this pretty jar of powder feels like a self-indulgent ritual,” says executive editor Jay Blades. “Mixed with water, the talc-like substance transforms into a smooth paste that cleanses skin so gently you almost doubt its exfoliation abilities. That is, until you touch the smooth, polished punim it leaves behind.”

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Aesop Reverence Duet for Hands

“Every time I rub the sandy wash over my hands, I feel like a gardener,” says Web and beauty editor Jennifer Jackson. “The green scent makes me think of plunging my hands into the earth — even though I have to settle for watering potted basil on my windowsill.”

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Crystal Peel Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Body Bar

“The wax technician at Haven Spa in NYC turned me on to this wonder bar,” editor Stephanie Almazan says. “I exfoliate weekly with it in the summertime, paying special attention to my dry heels and lightly scrubbing the backs of my thighs to prevent ingrown hairs.”

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Illa Balmy Nights Lip Exfoliator

“The Practice your pout — the volcanic stone powder and organic ingredients will smooth and nourish your kisser.

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Aromatherapy Body Brush

The sturdy wooden brush with canvas handle and cactus sisal bristles buffs off lingering flakes on limbs and torso. Plus, its simple, rustic design makes a ho-hum tub look like it belongs in a renovated farmhouse.

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Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

“I appreciate a deep scrub, but my skin doesn’t always concur,” says associate editor Emily Warman. “This exfoliating treatment removes dead cells and treats blemishes with salicylic acid without leaving my sensitive skin an irritated mess.” 

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Sai-Sei Mineral Loofah Soap

A segment of natural loofah combined with essential minerals and glycerine soap from Japan works double time to clean and polish your skin. 

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Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask

“I cannot shut up about how much I love this stuff,” says senior editor Lauren Lumsden. “I leave it on for five minutes every three days, and my face is softer than ever. Sometimes I even use it as a spot treatment: Dab on a blemish overnight and voila. Joanna’s a genius.”

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Guerlain Terracotta Sun Scrub

Turn up the volume on your tan with a moisturizing formula that softens, exfoliates, and evens your skin’s surface. The gentle scrub — made of rice, microbeads, and power encased in an oil-based gel — is suitable for both face and body.

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GrandCentral Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Polisher

“My skin hasn’t been this smooth since I was a baby,” says editorial Web assistant Kathryn Shofer. “The tiny, caviar-like beads buffed my face to glowing perfection and left a subtle peony scent.” 

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Osea Black Algae Mask

Is sloughing off hours-old makeup and a full day of subway sweat worth temporarily looking like a grayish-blue Smurf? Senior editor Lauren Berger thinks so.

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Amala Purifying Face Polish

“If you have sensitive skin or scrub on the daily like I do, this gel-based formula’s for you,” says advertising and commerce editor Larkin Clark. “It’s light, fresh, and gentle enough to use every day without stripping skin.”

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Caudalie Divine Scrub

“The slippage factor resulting from exfoliating scrubs can be scary,” San Francisco editor Andrea Kasprzak says. “But this dense formula left my skin soft and my shower remarkably gunk free.”

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S.W. Basics Exfoliant

“This exfoliator is playing games with my mind,” says content editor Lindsey Gladstone. “The blend of organic oats, almonds, and sea salt smells like the Aveeno baths of my youth; the fresh, glowing face I see in the mirror after using it tricks me into thinking I just finished a yoga class.”

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Mama Mio Omega Body Buff

“My notoriously ashy skin felt uncommonly fresh after washing off this exfoliator,” says video assistant Sarah Lee. “It’s gentle when applying but textured enough to feel like I’m scrubbing away any dead skin cells that were stubbornly hanging on.”

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Beauty RX Skin Care by Dr. Schultz Advanced Exfoliating Therapy Pads

“In the past, the term ‘chemical exfoliation’ sent me running for the hills,” editorial assistant Alexandra Moncure says. “However, after an Italian gentleman friend raved about these pads, I swiped several across my Irish (read: dry) skin, and they delivered big time. My pores shrunk noticeably, and my skin regained some of its lost luster.”

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True Blue Spa Smoothing Foot Scrub

Treat your feet regularly with this refreshing peppermint foot scrub and you won’t even notice that you missed your last pedicure appointment.

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Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash

“I was skeptical of an exfoliator without grit,” says editorial assistant Lauren Holloway. “But after using it for several days, my skin felt noticeably softer without getting tight (a problem with other products). Also, it works great with a Clarisonic.”

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Sara Happ Peppermint LIP Scrub 

“My lips have no regard for what season it is; chapped is their new black,” copy editor DeAnna Janes says. “Sara Happ’s minty, brown-sugary formula uses jojoba and grapeseed oils to moisturize and smooth after just one application.”


Earth Theraputics Exfoliating Hydro Gloves

“I like to have the power of scrubbing dead skin at my own fingertips,” says assistant Web editor Steven Casale. “Plus, these mesh gloves boost circulation and feel like a mini massage.”

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Vered Organic Botanicals Le Chocolat Citrus Foaming Face Scrub

A dime-size dollop whips into foam more akin to shaving cream than a scrub. It thoroughly — but gently — removes makeup and sloughs off dead skin with tiny crystals.

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Rub-a-dub-dub with exfoliators in your tub.

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