My mom is a lil obsessed with getting Korean Body Scrubs done. So much so she even ordered Korean Body Scrub mitts for us to sell in-store. And while I like going to get the treatment done, I admittedly “yea, yea”ed the exfoliating gloves themselves. I figured they were just exfoliating mitts like any other mitt I’ve used, and that they would be no different than one of the many body brushes, sugars, or loofahs I have in my bathroom. I thought this because if you have ever had a Korean Body Scrub, you know that it ain’t just the mitt that’s scrubbing you….it’s pure elbow grease.
Yes, the ladies who scrub you get right into every nook and cranny of your body (nipples, crevices and all) – and they do so with force. I like to say that they polish you like a trophy, but Ben (who I tricked into joining me last time) said that he now knows what it feels like to be skinned alive thanks to the experience. Trophy polish sounds better.
Well, I will have to announce on the Internet for everyone to behold, that my mom was right. Yesterday I used one of these mitts as I had a new one lying around my tub, and boy oh boy!
It was the best body exfoliant I have ever used. So much dead skin came off me, it was pilling off me. The mitts have these nail file-like strips on one side of them that sloughs off your body’s cuticle. After my bath, I had to re-rinse my tub of bits of me. Eew, right? I know…gross. But my skin was baby-smooth, moist and bright.
Now, I will say I like dry brushing more for the circulation, but these mitts were more effective for removing dead skin cells. The trick is to soak in a warm bath for a bit before scrubbing so your skin is softened and ready to be peeled. If you don’t do this, it’ll still be a good exfoliation, but you may not get the skin pilling I describe.
And the best part? They’re not expensive. Unlike my electric face exfoliator and my fancy foam glove, you can get two of these mitts for $4.95. I know, I know, I sound like a door-to-door salesman – I’m just evangelical after seeing how effective my mitt was. When trying to title this post I tried to come up with bold, attention-grabbing one liners so that a lot of people would click on it and be introduced to this fantastic, simple beauty item (!) Unfortunately I only came up with glove puns that eluded to the O.J Simpson trial or mid-nineties safe sex campaigns….not good.
So, I will simply say that there is something so satisfying about this intense exfoliation – it’s the same delight I get from extracting my blackheads or doing a detox. And if you are feeling grimy from summer city pollution, sweat and oil, you’re a bath away from polished, silky skin. With a bit of TLC and a dose of your own elbow grease, you can do your own at-home Korean Body Scrub.