Body Scrubs; Erno Laszlo, Caudalîe, La Mer

Body exfoliator is something you’ll always find in my shower. Keeping your skin young isn’t restricted to your face, so sloughing off dead skin so the new, bright skin underneath can show is as important to your routine as anything else. Plus it’s a totally relaxing spa-like experience, especially if you’re using something fantastic.

Erno Laszlo’s Gentle Body Exfoliator smells divine. When I use it, I typically skip scented lotions or even fragrance just so I can enjoy the subtle scent of this fresh, almost citrusy scrub. The granules sit within a moisturizing cleanser that foams up and offers the ultimate in a close shaving experience.

6.7oz $38 ErnoLaszlo.com, and various department stores including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Sacks Fifth Avenue nationwide

Resveratrol, the super antioxidant found in the skins of grapes (i.e. red wine), is front and center of Caudalie’s patented skincare. Over time, it’s believed that resveratrol can help with signs of aging and radiance. Their Crushed Cabernet Scrub is super dense and gives exfoliation that’s completely decadent, which is why it’s the signature scrub at their spa. Crushed grape seeds and brown sugar blended with honey make for a deep exfoliation experience while the juniper, lemongrass, and rosemary essential oils add a scent that’s both spicy and exhilarating.

7.8oz $35 Caudalie.com, Beauty.com, Sephora

Diamonds are a body’s best friend since The Body Refiner from La Mer contains over 1.5 karats in diamond powder combined with La Mer’s legendary ingredients to polish and buff your body in a way that only La Mer can. Sensitized and delicate skin won’t be overwhelmed by this gentle exfoliation, and you’ll enjoy seeing the shimmery diamonds on your skin as much as the smooth as glass feeling it leaves behind.

6.7oz $110 LaMer.com, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and other fine department stores nationwide

The Lip Scrub by Sarah Happ

The Lip Scrub from Sarah Happ is every bit as good as you’ve read. This generously sized lip exfoliant made from brown sugar is as sweetly packaged as it is flavored.

What I thought would first be a gift, quickly turned into a how-could-I-live-without-it for my kit to banish chapped lips on women so lip color lasts. Once I tried it, there was no doubt that it was all mine and only mine.

Since it does exfoliate lips, the sugar granules are densely mixed within petroleum (think Vaseline consistency) so the delicate skin benefits, but isn’t scratched or uncomfortable. You’ll notice longer periods of time will pass without applying lip balms or glosses because your lips will feel moisturized on their own.

With thoughtful packaging on the outside and a product for everyone on the inside, this is a perfect gift for the beauty obsessed and novice alike.

The Lip Scrub by Sarah Happ

Stumble It!

DERMAdoctor KP Duty

It’s estimated that about half of us have Keratosis Pilaris (KP), which is the little bumps on the back of the arms. DERMAdoctor’s KP Duty lotion softens, smoothes, and exfoliates the bumps away like nothing I’ve used before.

Look for a huge difference in about a week. The price ($36) might seem steep, but expect one bottle to last 4-6 months since you need just the smallest amount.

DERMAdoctor KP Duty

Microdermx

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Even after receiving the package, it took me a while to get excited about trying Microdermx because ‘at home microdermabrasion’ has just been done to death. The online before and after gallery piqued my interest enough to give it a chance, half-heartedly expecting the same ol same ol.

In the first use, I could tell a major difference in my skin’s overall appearance, it was brighter and clearer. After the second use, I could see fine lines around my eyes lessening and less redness and dulness. Now I notice old scars are on their way out too.

Free of waxes, dyes, fillers, petro-chemicals, and preservatives, Microdermx can really spread its wings and do what most products claiming to be professional grade treatments are supposed to do. The overall process is unlike others; you use (literally) a pea-sized amount to each quadrant of the face and one area at a time rub until the product is absorbed and attaches itself to the dead skin and falls away.

Medical grade crystals achieve a delicae balance of completely removing debris, while maintaining the overall integrity of the skin, which is why all skin types are encouraged to use it, even very sensitive.

I’ve promoted it from guest star to series regular, and am looking forward to seeing what else it uncovers.

Microdermx

LUSH Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser and Exfoliator

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I don’t know if I ever fully understood LUSH, it always struck me as one of those fly-by-night stores in the mall where you mix your own bath salts and personalize the scent. Even when I interviewed with them years ago (yeah- I didn’t get it) I don’t know if I really understood who they were. Don’t let the whimsical packaging and names detract you from a line that’s dead serious about quality. Angels on Bare Skin contains only 10 ingredients, all are super fresh and get the job done without any parabens or other synthetics to get in the way.

Due to the true freshness, the shelf life of the products is about 3 months, but the size and price reflect the need to purchase more frequently without product wasted. Don’t believe me? Check out their site where 730 people gave this product a near perfect rating. The consistency is unique, just add water to it making a paste that washes away impurities and leaves behind really lush skin.

LUSH Angels on Bare Skin

What Skin Care Should I Use: Oily and Breakout Prone Skin

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This is a question I hear a lot. We are so bombarded by choices and marketing that we aren’t sure what we should actually be using. I’ll try to sum it up as best as I can to take the confusion away.

Oily or Breakout Prone- Simplify your routine, sometimes breakout can just be caused by inflammation from product overload.

- Foaming cleanser am and pm

- Toner like Aqua Glycolic or Burts Bees Garden Tomato

- 1 skin normalizing product from your Dr like a retinol or a BenzaClin

- Oil free hydrator, something lightweight while still moisturizing and protesting skin from potential dryness caused by treatment products.

- Exfoliator, nothing too harsh to exacerbate breakouts, Dermalogica Daily Mocrofoliant or Decleor’s Phytopeelwhich doesn’t contain exfoliating granules but still manages to deep clean skin and sweep away impurities leaving behind glowing skin.