Smooth operator: 20 Ways to exfoliate in 5 minutes

Exfoliation is a skin care must, but most of us don’t have time for another lengthy beauty treatment. So go ahead and skip the facial peel and salon treatment. Opt for one of these quick options instead.

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Exfoliation is a skin care must, but most of us don’t have time for another lengthy beauty treatment. So go ahead and skip the facial peel and salon treatment. Opt for one of these quick options instead.


Daily Concepts Exfoliating Gloves

Daily Concepts You Exfoliating Gloves

These antimicrobial gloves are soy based and safe to use with soap on all your scaly parts. (Daily Concepts, $16)


Clarisonic Mia

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System

Compact enough for travel and gentle enough for daily use, the Mia is like a tiny microdermabrasion device for home. (Clarisonic, $119)


Epsom Salt with EVOO

Epsom salts with EVOO

Combine 1/2 cup olive oil with 1 cup epsom salts and scrub onto your feet, knees, elbows and even your face for an instantly fresh look.


Clinique Exfoliating Scrub

Clinique Exfoliating Scrub

Recommended for oily skin, the Clinique scrub is part of a three-step system that promises to clear up acne. Beautiful skin that’s acne free? Who wouldn’t want that? (Clinique, $20)


Pumice Stone

Pumice stone

Sometimes oldies are goodies! Scrub your feet and any other rough patches of skin with a pumice stone and then moisturize for perfectly smooth skin.


SpaCloth Deluxe

SpaCloth Deluxe

We like the SpaCloth because it provides an exfoliating option to supplement products you already own. Just lather up and scrub away. (SpaCloth, $15)


Make the most of your morning routine

Make the most of your morning routine

Skin is most receptive to exfoliation in the morning, so try your best to make exfoliating a morning routine.


Mashed Banana and Honey Scrub

Mashed banana and honey scrub

It sounds kinda gross, but it’ll make your skin feel delicious. Mix the mashed banana with a teaspoon of honey, then add a tablespoon of wheat germ. Rub onto your face and let it rest like a mask for five minutes before rinsing. Voilà! Sweetly soft skin.


Enjoy a quick steam

Enjoy a quick steam

Go ahead and turn the heat up in your shower. While the steam itself won’t remove dead cells, it will prepare your skin for exfoliating treatments.


Olay Va-Va Vivid

Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid

This exfoliating cleanser comes with its own brush to clear up the all-important T-zone. (, $15)


Burt's Bees Citrus Facial Scrub

Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub

Burt’s Bees exfoliates with almonds, oats and pecans along with a burst of citrus for a lovely morning wake-up call. (Burt’s Bees, $8)


Coconut Oil with White Sugar

Coconut oil with white sugar

Mix one part oil with two parts sugar and use the mixture to scrub your face and body. Sugar is a natural exfoliator, and when it’s combined with the soft scent of coconut oil, you’ll be swept away to an island retreat… if only for five minutes.


Take a Milk Bath

Take a milk bath

Yes, seriously! The lactic acid in milk exfoliates the skin. Just mix 2 cups whole milk and 1/2 cup honey into your warm bath water. Then soak.


Scrub your lips

Scrub your lips

Wan those kissably smooth lips? They couldn’t be simpler to achieve! Buy a toothbrush (you probably don’t want to use the one you have on hand) and use it to rub petroleum jelly onto your dry lips. Wipe clean. Go find someone to kiss.


Ground Oatmeal with Milk

Ground oatmeal with milk

Having oatmeal for breakfast? Just whip up an extra bowl to use as your exfoliator. Place 1/2 cup oatmeal in a bowl and add enough whole milk to make a paste. Rub the paste onto your face or body, let it rest for five minutes and rinse.




You’re probably already planning to shave your legs. (And if you’re not, you should be!) Running a razor over your legs actually removes dead skin cells, giving you the perfect, easy exfoliation.


L'Occitane Angelica Exfoliating Gel

L’Occitane Angelica Exfoliating Gel

Not everyone has time to whip up their own homemade exfoliators. If you want someone else to do the dirty work for you, just pick up a tube of L’Occitane’s Angelica Exfoliating Gel, which boasts small, round beads to exfoliate even the most sensitive skin. (L’Occitane , $30)


Homemade Body Sugar Scrub

Homemade sugar body scrub

This one is worth bottling up and giving out to friends. Use 1/2 cup almond oil with 1 cup sugar and infuse with 2–3 drops of lavender oil to add a layer of calm to your shower routine.


Baking Soda Scrub

Baking soda scrub

For the beauty babe on a budget, you can’t go wrong with making a paste out of baking soda and water. Just rub it onto your skin, let it rest five minutes and rinse.


Olay Regenerist Micro-Exfoliating Wet Cleansing Cloths

Olay Regenerist Micro-Exfoliating
Wet Cleansing Cloths

If you’re truly in need of a lazy-girl exfoliating solution, these cloths are great because they remove makeup, cleanse and exfoliate in one step.  (Ulta, $7)

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