Shed Your Skin: Three Exfoliants to Scrub the Sin Right Off of You

With the change in seasons comes an irrevokable desire to shed my skin (in more ways than one - though that's another post for another day.) And while my tempermental and sensitive derma demands that I tread v. carefully when introducing new products to the regimen, I couldn't resist the siren song of these three new exfoliants:

Bliss That's Incredi-Peel! ($49 for 30 single-use treatments) lives up to it's name. These new, spa-strength glycolic resurfacing pads create an overnight facial effect in one single-step. I know, I know - it sounds too good to be true - I'm with you, my pessimistic reader. But after just one treatment, I'm convinced. This morning, I woke up with skin that looked pore-less and my peskiest pimple visibly reduced and flattened. These are super simple to use - simply swipe over clean skin in a circular motion, no rinsing required - they're incredi-peel indeed!

Dr. Dennis Gross is my MAIN man when it comes to exfoliation - I remain hopelessly committed to his Extra-Strength Alpha-Beta Peel, and it's CONTINUALLY recommended to me by aestheticians around New York City (most recently at SoHo's Wei Lang Spa at Devachan). His latest product intro -The Alpha Beta® Glow Pad for Body ($45 for 8 single-use treatments)- continues the trend of magnificance. Delivered through a large, textured, single-use towel is the most multi-tasking formula a girl can imagine - it delivers an insanely natural-looking streak free tan in just a few short hours, chemically exfoliates the skin, touts BHAs to address body acne and breakouts, and even includes Capislow™, which reduces shaving frequency by minimizing hair texture, length, and growth. All together now, ladies: THANK YOU, DR. GROSS.

Last but by no means least is Nivea's new Touch of Renewal Body Scrub. I loooooove a few notable things about this newbie to drugstore shelves - most notably the formula, which is FINE but still SCRUBBY. It also LATHERS, which assures my doubting mind that it's actually working - NEAT. Secondly (actually, thirdly, if accuracy is your thing), it's ENORMOUS - a full 12 oz tube. So many body scrubs are now sold in 6 or 8 oz packages and this is the kind of stuff that I love to use handfuls of. Snag it at a drugstore near you, or online at for just $5.99.

What scrubs and exfoliants are you loving these days? Tell all in the comments.