EXFOLIATING BODY LOTION FOR SMOOTHER, SOFTER SKIN

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Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion_five exfoliating body lotions for smoother skin

Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion with lactic acid

Have you seen this Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion ($10.99 drugstores) yet? Body cream on its own isn't always enough for dry, flaky skin -- those layabout surface cells prevent moisturizing ingredients from sinking efficiently into skin. An exfoliating body lotion can help get rid of those interfering flakies, and moisturize, too. For instance, in Curel Rough Skin Rescue, a gentle, hydrating alphahydroxy acid (AHA) called lactic acid does the heavy lifting to evict flaky dry patches; glycerin, mineral oil and petrolatum help bind moisture to skin. 

Curel Rough Skin Rescue ingredients list_exfoliating body lotions to moisturize your skin better

Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion ingredient list

Regular use should give you smooth, happily hydrated limbs.

Lac-Hydrin 12 AHA Lotion_five exfoliating body lotions for softer, smoother skin

Lac-Hydrin 12% Ammonium Lactate Lotion

Lac-Hydrin 12 ($11.29 at well.ca) is another drugstore-available option if you have itchy, rough skin. Whether it actually exfoliates is unclear -- some sources say its pH is too high -- but it's been around for years as a solution for dry itchies. The key ingredient is a form of lactic acid.

Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Body Smoothing Lotion_five exfoliating body lotions for smoother moisturized skin

Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Skin Refining Body Cream

Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix ($12.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart) is a mild 3% formula that puts salicylic, lactic and glycolic acid to work in the quest for smoother, softer skin. (If you love light, citrussy, grapefruit scents, this is so for you -- and me too!) You might want to start with something like this if you've never used an exfoliating body formula before.

Neostrata Body Smoothing Lotion_five exfoliating body lotions that smooth and moisturize at the same time

Neostrata Body Smoothing Lotion with 10% glycolic acid

The exfoliating body lotion I'm most familiar with is Neostrata Body Smoothing Lotion ($37 at well.ca), which is 10% glycolic acid. One of the strongest smoothing creams available on drugstore shelves, it'll smooth those bumpy upper arms as well as take care of flaky patches that interfere with the efficient absorbtion of moisturizing ingredients. Serious stuff. And yes, it can be used daily, but be careful re: freshly shaved skin -- or freshly buffed skin if you use body scrubs or a loofah.

Reversa Skin Smoothing Body Lotion_five exfoliating body lotions

Reversa Skin Smoothing Body Lotion with 10% glycolic acid

Similar to Neostrata's version is Reversa Skin Smoothing Body Lotion ($36 at drugstores) -- it's also a 10% glycolic acid formula and Canadian, too. Don't use it on broken skin, of course, or freshly shaved or sugar-scrubbed skin either, obvi. I haven't tried it yet, so can't compare it to the Neostrata Body Smoothing Lotion; I expect results to be on par. The bottle is a smidge smaller than the Neostrata -- 200 mL vs 240 mL.

Have you tried any of these? Or are you a body-scrub person instead?

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