Dry, Flaky Skin? This Under-$10 Sugar Scrub Will Change That

Jennifer Hussein
·4 min read
Photo credit: Tree Hut
Photo credit: Tree Hut

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Problem: Winter has been tough on my skin, making me drier and scalier than ever.

Solution: Tree Hut's line of sugar scrubs slough away rough, dead skin patches with ease — all without emptying your bank account.

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Some people have great skin from head to toe, and then there's the rest of us who have to up our skincare game to keep our skin looking its best — and that's OK! We all have at least one skin concern that we'd like to address, and mine is my extremely dry, flaky, and itchy skin.

When I confess my dryness issues to anyone, they look at my face and go, “What dry patches?” But I’m not talking about my face. From the neck down, my skin gets so dry and ashy that you can strike a match on it. For some context, when my dry knees, elbows, and overall body reached its worst, as it usually does in the winter, an ex-boyfriend once gave me the nickname Ashy Larry (yes, that Ashy Larry from The Chapelle Show) in high school, and it made me both embarrassed and mortified.

During that time was when I discovered Tree Hut's Sugar Scrubs, which helped me shed my driest layer of dead skin to reveal the smoothest, supplest feel my skin has ever had. Ten years later, I'm still hooked on this under-$10 drugstore exfoliator, and I have no plans on quitting their line of tropical-scented scrubs anytime soon.

So, what makes this bargain-friendly pick so addicting to me? Though there are hundred of body products on the market (albeit more expensive) that I have flirted with, this scrub just has the perfect texture, scents, and performance in comparison to its counterparts.

But of course there's more to this product than just my personal opinion: Tree Hut's sugar scrubs have over 70 thousand sparkling reviews on Amazon, plus this scrub has won the hearts of editors over at Allure. So, it's clear to see that this scrub has a major following of obsessives like myself.

So, what's in this scrub that's so tantalizing? Here's the ingredient breakdown:

  • Organic Shea Butter: This ingredient is known for its moisturizing properties, leaving your skin soft and supple even after an intensive exfoliation.

  • Evening Primrose: A known all-natural ingredient that helps ease acne.

  • Safflower Seed Oil: A botanical oil also known for its moisturizing properties.

  • Sweet Almond: An oil used in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to soothe and soften the skin as well as treat minor wounds and cuts.

  • Avocado: This trendy skincare ingredient is known for its abundance of skincare boosters, such as vitamins C and E, antioxidants, and omega-9 fatty acids.

  • Orange Oil: A known all-natural anti-inflammatory and acne-fighter.

  • Sugar Grains: These grains are much easier on the skin than salt-based exfoliants and slough away any dirt, dead skin cells, and impurities lingering on your skin without causing irritation or sensitivity.

All of the ingredients that Tree Hut uses in their sugar scrubs (as well as the rest of their line) are free of parabens and formaldehyde, plus they're all made here in the USA! It's also definitely worth noting that this mixture of exfoliants and hydrating ingredients leaves your skin polished and velvety-smooth, not drier like the other guys.

If their roster of high-quality ingredients don't have you as hooked as I am, their scents might change your mind. One of the biggest factors that keeps me coming back for more of these sugar scrubs is their invigorating fragrances that don't irritate my skin. From Tropical Mango to Moroccan Rose, you'll surely find an aromatherapeutic scent that will turn your shower into a tropical paradise. My personal pick is the fan-favorite Coconut Lime scent, which has an invigorating smell and feel that keeps me bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the rest of my day.

There's something almost tantric about using this sugar scrub in the shower, which is why I'm so in love with it. It turns my shower sessions into a quick trip to the tropics, even though I'm sitting under the showerhead in my tiny New York City apartment. So, if you're a lover of spas and comfort just like I am, then you'll enjoy the soothing aromas and gentle feel that this scrub has. Most importantly, it makes your skin oh, so smooth, and isn't that what everyone wants?

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