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The treatment comes from Dr. Barbara Sturm’s new Microbiotic Collection, which focuses on bringing balance to younger, more acne-prone skin. In the formula, you’ll find a blend of pre- and probiotics to nurture the skin microbiome, which is crucial when addressing inflammatory conditions like acne. Remember: The microflora on your skin is a vital part of barrier function, which makes the skin less permeable (meaning, bad stuff can seep through; good stuff can get out). 

It also contains panthenol and allantoin to help calm irritation and redness. Panthenol, in particular, can also help with the wound healing process, attract moisture, and encourage skin regeneration—all good things when you’re dealing with blemishes. 

But let’s address the stinky elephant in the room, shall we? Like its name suggests, the treatment smells…less than stellar. The formula contains shale oil, which has a pungent, sulfur-like odor. Topically, shale oil has been found to enhance wound healing and provide antimicrobial properties, so rest assured, the brand didn’t add the stench for no reason. It smells the strongest upon application, but I don’t even notice the scent once the formula dries down (just in case you were worried about wearing it during the day). 

On that note, the formula also includes rice starch, which has a mattifying, oil-absorbing effect. So if you’d like to treat and cover up a zit, you could easily apply a thin layer, let it dry, then dab on some concealer


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Just because you have a small bust, doesn’t mean you don’t need a really good sports bra. I would know. As a barely B cup bra expert, I’ve fit women for sports bras in every size imaginable. I like to point out that small busted doesn’t necessarily mean “small.” Women of every size can have a small chest: this just means they’re cup size is A-C. Full busted women (full C cup and up) need to worry about encapsulation and separation as much as strength and support. Yet for us, while wire has no place in the A-B range, other things such as breathability, comfort and versatility are what makes for the best sports bras for small chests.

Sports bras have become essentials in our everyday wardrobes— especially these days, as athleisure bras do triple duty when we wear them at home, to work, and when we’re just hanging out. And even though marathons have no place in my future, I do need something supportive for my walking adventures while listening to my favorite podcast.

Another barely B bra expert who understands our small busted needs is Julia Breitwieser, Athleta’s Design Director of Bras and Swim (and formerly at Lululemon). She agrees there are challenges to finding the right fit, support and aesthetic for smaller cup sizes.

Here are Julia’s four tips in finding a great-fitting sports bra when you have a small chest:

1. If it’s a compression bra, make sure you feel “hugged” and secure. If it’s designed for a fuller bust, the circumference around the bust could be too big and not be holding you securely.

2. If it’s an encapsulated bra (molded or separate cups for each breast) make sure you are filling the cup. If you aren’t filling it, you’ll be getting movement within the cup instead of support.

3. Sports bras for smaller busts can have a lower front neckline than those for fuller busts. They can also feature narrower straps or less fabric overall in the back design. Make sure you have the coverage you need so you aren’t slipping out.

4. Don’t make the mistake of choosing a bra with too little support. Even those of us with small breasts have a lot of movement during activities, often more than we realize. Pay attention to support levels (low, medium, high) and avoid high impact activities in anything with minimal coverage or too-skinny straps. Check on the bounce when trying on sports bras.

10 Best Sports Bras for Small Chest

miel racerback, sport bras for small chest

Seamless Racerback Bra by Miel — $39.00

With a seamless bra this stretchy, you can rely on Miel 24/7. The knit molds to the body, whatever your size you are, making it a great choice for small busted women with band size 32-42. Sizes are S/M, M/L and L/XL. Since sizing is so easy, you’ll have to spend time wondering which colors to try first. Moroccan Spice, Dune and Olive round out the basics.

Seamless Comfort Unlined Sports Bra by Le Mystere, sport bras for small chest

Seamless Comfort Unlined Sports Bra by Le Mystère — $58.00

When customization is key, you’ll need a sports bra with back close and adjustability at every point. Le Mystere’s seamless bra has a wide closure for larger backs and converts easily from standard to racerback. The smooth, tech-fabric provides targeted zones of support and compression. Easy sizing S-XL works well for size 32A-44C.

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Like a Cloud Ribbed Longline Bra by Lululemon — $68.00

Although intended to be a yoga bra, the Like a Cloud bra is an all-day contender. The super soft ribbed fabric, multiple straps and wide band (it’s longline, so it’s longer than most) feels like a hug. The entire inside front is lined with a cushioned mesh for a little bit of coverage and a lot of breathability. Best yet is this B/C size bra comes in sizes 2-14, so you can really get a custom fit. (Tip: the B/C will also fit an A cup— it conforms to you so there won’t be any gaping in the cups.)

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Active Sport Bralette by b.tempt’d — $35.00

It’s hard to believe this bra falls into the active category considering how light and airy it is—the sheer, mesh back is dreamy! But the plush elastic band and the self adjusting straps give it great support. Mesh throughout provides breathability making this a great choice for hot workouts and hot summer days. Available in sizes XS through XL.

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The Active Racerback Bra by Lively — $45.00

This workout bra is super soft thanks to an innovation in recyclability—it’s made from 75 percent recycled polyester. The full straps and back give you nice coverage during a serious workout, supporting cup sizes A and up. Available in XS-XL, small chested women will feel well supported without constriction.

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The Move Sports Bra by Harper Wilde — $45.00

Talk about a bra for all: this racerback comes in XS-3XL. With medium compression, the incredibly soft fabric has anti-microbial technology which wicks away sweat and reduces odor. And there’s a pocket in the racerback—because you know, keys/phones/money. Finally. And ooh, the wide waist band. A big bonus.

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Airlift Fuse Bra Tank by Alo — $72.00

Small chested doesn’t mean small coverage—not everyone feels comfortable showing their bust-line during yoga or a run. This mock neck (with cutout in the back) is made in smoothing Airlift performance fabric to move with you small busted folks in size XS-L. The rich colors like gravelstone and dark cactus may have you showing this off as a crop top versus a standard sports bra/top.

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Solace Bra A-C by Athleta — $49.00

Created specifically for small busted women—and vouched for by Breitwieser—the Solace Bra is soft and comfortable (with a capital C!). The lightweight Buttermesh lining works ventilation magic by keeping you cool while Powervita outer has the strength to hold you in with a beautiful V neckline. Available in sizes XXS-XL, this is a great option for bands 30-40 up to a C cup. And the colors…OOH…Paradiso Blue and Electric Fuchsia are so much more fun than basic black.

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There are a lot of ways our planet needs urgent attention, and we hear about them everyday. Soil depletion, harmful pesticides and chemicals, the mistreatment of small farms, plastic pollution, global warming, deforestation, and beyond—we all want these crises to end, but where to begin? At the individual level, one of the simplest ways we can support the planet comes down to something we do daily: eating.

Our modern food system is overdue for a transformation. (Let’s say goodbye-for-good to standard practices like synthetic chemicals in our food and overfarming.) The foods we choose are a part of getting that change off the ground, the end result being a healthier planet and you. For example, just by eating more plants, you can help cut your carbon footprint by a third and add more healthy minutes to your life. Even better, these food choices can be delicious and convenient—proven by Daily Harvest. Alongside efforts to make organic fruits and vegetables more accessible, this food company is invested in helping to create a more sustainable food system.  

Because no matter how you slice it, food is fundamental to living our best lives. So here are five ways to eat your way to a healthier you and healthier planet!


Sometimes our bodies react quicker than our minds. Maybe you walk into a room and your chest instantly tightens; maybe your pulse quickens and your head pounds every time you watch a certain type of movie scene; maybe your shoulders feel heavy for weeks on end. Our bodies are physical manifestations of our experiences, which means they’re often processing or holding onto traumas that we didn’t even know were there. By definition, trauma is any deeply distressing or disturbing experience, and understanding how we hold trauma in our bodies can help us figure out how to release it effectively as part of a healing process.

“When we look at a traumatic experience that someone has, it is encoded in our brain and in our memories, and then that can also translate to living in our muscles and our heart,” says Thoko Moyo, a registered clinical counselor who specializes in trauma and focuses her practice on supporting Queer Trans Black Indigenous People of Colour (QTBIPOC). “It’s all connected. What a person is experiencing or what they’re coming to a session with me for is centered around. It can be different parts of the body.”

Seventy percent of U.S. adults experience at least one traumatic event estimates the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. And like our traumas themselves, how we hold trauma in our bodies is different for everyone. For Katie McKenzie, a certified Pilates instructor and founder of the A La Ligne movement method, abuse from her past was locked in her pelvic floor.

“It was my trauma response to sexual assaults,” she says. “And the overwhelming sensation I felt was that yes, my pelvic floor was locked, but also that so much of me was locked and loaded and prepared for battle.” It led her to create A La Ligne, which combines Pilates, qigong (an ancient mind-body meditation practice), and somatic experiencing (a form of therapy that centers around body trauma). “Once someone is empowered with the knowledge and the felt sense of what’s happening in their own unique and individual body, they can be empowered to move and shift the fear,” McKenzie says.

If you think your body is holding onto trauma, Moko says it’s a good idea to seek out a professional counselor who can work with you to unpack the layers of your experience. If counseling is not an accessible option for you, here are some simple ways to help your body through a trauma response.

Breathe

Moyo and McKenzie both list breathing techniques as central to the process. Moyo suggests box breathing (in which you breathe in for four seconds, hold for four seconds, breathe out for four seconds, then wait four seconds before inhaling again) and bumblebee breathing (in which you breathe in and then breathe out with a humming sound) as great options for calming and re-centering.

She also suggests a three, two, one method in which you name three things you see, three things you hear, and three things you feel, and then take a deep breath and repeat the process for two things and then one thing. “Breathing brings us back into our body,” Moyo explains. “It brings us back into the space and grounds us.”

Move

“Movement has such a powerful role in the ability to heal because it brings the mind, the breath, and the body together all at once,” says McKenzie. She stresses the importance of meeting your body where it’s at, and of not being ashamed or nervous if your muscles start to tremble (even during “easy” movements). “Shaking can be an indication of new neural pathways
and new connections from the brain to the bodies that haven’t been accessed before,” she explains. “I just say, ‘It’s okay. This is a normal occurrence. This is your body reconnecting to itself. It’s a good thing.’”

Connect

“Isolation is one of the worst things that people can do, even though it’s oftentimes what people are drawn to or want to do,” says Moyo. “One of the biggest ways to combat body experiences of trauma is through connections and community.” So build up your support system, whatever that looks like for you. It could be group therapy; it could be close family or friends; it could be a
network of people who share some of your lived experiences. The important part is that you seek out and nurture human connection to help you remember that you’re not alone.

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Peptides are chains of amino acids linked together by peptide bonds, and amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Proteins like collagen, elastin, and keratin exist in our skin, hair, and nails—and thus caring for them should be a top priority for a well-rounded beauty routine. Peptides are naturally present in the body, and there are many kinds which all have their own unique properties and functions. 

When used topically, they act as messengers for the skin, says board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, M.D.: “Neuropeptides act as chemical messengers. In the skin they can be synthesized by keratinocytes or endothelial cells [which will in turn strengthen the epidermis, or skin barrier], or they can be released into the skin from nerve endings. They can act by modulating the release of neurotransmitters,” she says.

Put simply, “When you apply it topically like in a serum or moisturizer you are telling your skin to create more collagen,” says New York City-based esthetician, Taylor Worden.

And as Nava Greenfield, M.D., board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, notes, their use so far is indeed promising—even if she acknowledges there’s still more to learn. 

“In the cosmeceutical space, we have little to work with in terms of products that can truly provide even minimal benefit in reversing some signs of aging, protection from collagen and elastin breakdown, and even encouraging collagen and elastin buildup,” she says. “Ingredients developed small enough to penetrate the skin yet strong enough to be effective at skin rejuvenation are exciting, and peptides have demonstrated potential as a possible ingredient to help the skin in exactly that way!”


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Back when I was a gangly, brace-faced middle schooler, Sperry was the “it” shoe of choice. Paired with low-rise Abercrombie jeans (which have coincidentally made a comeback) and not one, but two Hollister polos (collars popped up, of course), and Sperry’s signature boat shoes were the preppy cherry on top.

Flash forward nearly two decades later, and once again, I am simply smitten with my Sperry shoes. Only this time, not because they make me look like I own a million dollar yacht. This time, I’m favoring function over beauty—though they’re pretty darn cute, IMO—thanks to the brand new Sperry Sport line.

On a recent press trip to Miami, I got to experience the brand’s launch firsthand, and put its new line of outdoor, water-friendly shoes to the test. With spring right around the corner and a summer full of adventures to look forward to, I couldn’t wait to get these shoes on my feet. After two days of paddle boarding, swimming, boating, and other splashy activities, I already knew I’d be wearing these bad boys all season long.

Sperry Sport isn’t the brand’s first dive into seafaring sneaks—it was born on the water back in 1933 with its original slip-proof boat shoe, designed to help sailors stay on deck. Now, it wants sailors and anglers/kayakers/paddle boarders/swimmers/beach goers and more to enjoy the open water (“the world’s biggest playground”) with its new line of snazzy performance shoes. All six new styles are “built to withstand the rigors and demands of a wide range of activities on the water and the shoreline,” according to a release, each made with that signature slip-proof tread, plus quick drying, comfortable materials.

After testing, I can vouch that these shoes are built to withstand “the rigors and demands” on and near the water. The Women’s 7 Seas 3-Eye Sneaker ($90) has particularly won my heart, thanks to its versatility and waterproof-ness that can be worn way beyond the shoreline. It’s technically a water shoe, so you can fully submerge it, worry-free. But its slip-on design and feather-light weight make it a perfect everyday shoe for things like commuting and running errands. Especially as the spring season rolls around and mid-day showers become more and more frequent, this casual sneaker will be your best friend, guaranteed to keep you comfortable and dry mid-stroll (while looking good, no less). Trust me—no one will ever know it’s a water shoe.

The second style I know I’ll be living in all summer long is the Women’s Water Strider ($55), the water shoe you’ll *actually* want to wear. My springs and summers are spent floating on boats and paddle boards, so I’ve tried a lot of water shoes—these go beyond your standard velcro sandal to something that’ll keep you comfortable and looking cute.

First thing to note in the Water Striders is the look and feel. These colorful, perforated shoes feature a slip-on design that make them easy kick on and off, while the lightweight EVA materials feel like you’re walking on clouds. These airy uppers makes them ideal for carrying in beach bags or packing in suitcases, not to mention stuffing in boat storage or under kayak seats.

And while other water shoes fall off mid-plunge or are too heavy to wear mid-paddle, I was impressed with how well they actually worked. That slip-on design stays on your feet, so you won’t have to worry about them coming off after you dive in. (In the off chance they do, though, they float, making them easy to retrieve.) The bottom treads are sticky enough to make walking around on a boat deck or standing on a paddle board easy, without compromising your “feel” or balance points. And those perforations make drying them so quick—whether you’re diving in completely or just getting splashed on shore, they’re sure to dry in minutes.

No matter your spring or summer plans, Sperry Sport really does have a shoe for you. From braving a rainstorm Ato the open seas, these shoes will keep your feet happy no matter what.

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Men’s Wave Rocker — $120.00

Soul Cycle meets sailing in this flexible waterproof sneaker. It looks like a cycling shoe, complete with the low profile and grippy sole. Only these feature a perforated neoprene sock-like upper supported by an innovative external TPU harness for a snugglier fit and more support. Available in navy and white.

Men’s Sea Kite Sport Moc Boat — $110.00

Like the classic boat shoe, but better. These moccasins feature the brand’s deck-friendly tread that reduces slippage on wet and dry surfaces, water resistant leather for easy drying, and a molded EVA footbed for comfort in every step. Available in brown and grey.

Men’s Harbormaster 2.0 Sneaker — $80.00

A water-friendly version of the brand’s original Harbormaster sneaker that includes a ventilated hydrophobic upper and increased midsole cushioning for shock absorption against waves, deck hulls, and more.

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To be fair, this myth has been concocted from some accurate (at times, confusing) science. Let us explain:

There are three main omega-3s: ALA (aka alpha-linolenic acid), EPA, and DHA. While ALA is found in plants, the marine omega-3s have more published clinical science to their name and also happen to be found primarily in fish. Now, a small portion of ALA can convert to EPA and DHA, but the process is insanely inefficient and variable. 

But if you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or even someone who just doesn’t like eating fish, we’re here to tell you it isn’t impossible to increase your intake of all three omega-3s

Fish actually get their EPA and DHA from algae, and we can do the same, although algal omega-3 oils are often slanted much on the DHA side of things. Of course, on the ALA front you might immediately think of flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and like. A less famous plant that’s packed with ALA (and trace amounts of EPA) is purslane—an edible weed that can be added to salads, tacos, sandwiches, and other plant-based foods the same way you might top a dish with microgreens or sprouts. 

Upping your intake of omega-3 foods and introducing a fish-free omega-3 supplement to your daily routine is a great way to meet your omega-3 needs on a vegan or vegetarian diet.


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Over the span of a decade, you can make your way through a good amount of beauty products. There are some that you try once and then find  them a new home, and some beauty and skin-care goods that are so good, you can’t imagine a world in which they’re not staples in your routine. Those are the products that I want to tell you about today because each and every one of them is worth the story.

For some context: I have ten years of experience as a beauty editor for several publications. I’ve tested thousands of serums, moisturizers, and lip balms. I’ve slathered countless shampoos and treatments in my hair. And at the end of the day, while there’s so much to love out there, there are only a select few that I legitimately use every single day (and keep on ordering).

Let’s dive in.

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore — $130.00

I have a fairly dry complexion, so every time winter rolls around, I reach for this moisturizer. It’s comprised of two percent ceramides, four percent cholesterol, and two percent fatty acids, so it’s able to support your skin and help supplement each of these components of skin topically. It’s rather thick, but it goes on smoothly and doesn’t leave behind any sort of oily residue the way that some moisturizers can. I apply this one at night and wake up to hydrated, happy skin.

Eadem Cloud Cushion Plush Moisturizer with Ceramides + Peptides — $58.00

For days when my skin is feeling more balanced, I opt for this cloud cushion moisturizer, which has an almost-whipped consistency. It also has ceramides to help strengthen and support your skin barrier, but it also contains peptides that help brighten skin. This BIPOC-owned brand is one to watch because every product they have made so far is a showstopper—and they’re only getting started. I’ve been using this product during the day and it’s supplied me with enough hydration so that my day never feels parched.

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 — $68.00

It’s a tall order to create a mineral-blocker SPF 50 that doesn’t feel like baby butt paste. This liquid, slightly peachy-tinted SPF however fits the bill. Texturally, it feels almost as if you’re putting on a lightweight foundation. It’s enhanced with ingredients that not only guard against UVA and UVB rays, but that also help protect skin from environmental pollutants. Bonus points for being fragrance free and sensitive skin friendly.

Dr. Loretta Intense Replenishing Serum — $70.00

There’s an old product from Guerlain called Midnight Secret, and the spiel is that you use this product after a late night or early morning and it instantly revives your skin. However, you can’t use it every single day, or it loses its magic. Somehow, Dr. Loretta has managed to give us that Midnight Secret effect 365 days of the year. I layer this serum on and instantly feel refreshed and RTG.

Sachajuan Ocean Mist — $34.00

I’ve been using this product for the better part of the past decade. It somehow manages to give my Type 2B waves just enough of a hold, but it doesn’t dry my strands out like other salt sprays. I use it on both dry and wet hair, and haven’t found much that it can’t do when styling my strands.

Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush with SenselQ in Champagne — $380.00

I technically brush with the DiamondClean from Sonicare, but I want to tell you about the newer Prestige model because it really couldn’t be cooler. This toothbrush not only removes 20 percent more plaque than other toothbrushes and improves gum health, it also monitors your brushing patterns and habits and adapts to them so that you get the cleanest mouth possible. That means: Any time you press too hard or lift up, the brush can help you compensate so that your mouth is squeaky clean.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray — $49.00

This stuff probably doesn’t need anymore PR, but wow is it solid. It’s particularly helpful mid-day when your hair kind of falls flat, so if you’re buying it and you have a job in the real world, maybe opt for the smaller can so you can let it ride everywhere with you in your handbag. A single spray and hair is zhuzhed.

Blinc UltraVolume Tubing Mascara — $26.00

This tubing mascara is pretty much the mid-way point between a waterproof formula and one you can remove without having to call in reinforcements. It goes on like any other mascara and helps to lengthen and add volume to your fringe, and it locks onto lashes so that you’ll be set all day long. When you’re ready to remove it, you simply run warm water and the tubes slide right off of your lashes—easy peasy.

Kosas Brow Gel TInted — $22.00

Fluffy brows are yours for the taking with just a few swipes of the good stuff. I like to use the tip of the wand to fill in patches and areas that need a little extra love, but with just a few swipes, the spoolie helps distribute the formula and looks like a dead ringer for your brows (if they got a blowout, or whatever the equivalent is).

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If you’re asking us, the best gifts are homemade—and often edible, too! With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, we got to thinking about how to upgrade the traditional (and sometime tacky and sugar filled) box of chocolates, and what sprang to mind immediately is just making chocolate treats for your valentine yourself.

These simple treats fit the bill for Valentine’s Day perfectly since they’re full of chocolate, but they’re also worth bookmarking for yourself because they’re chocolate treats with bonus benefits. With less processed sugar and more superfood benefits, they’re sure to become favorite recipes for any celebratory day—or even just a random Monday afternoon.

“Cocoa (cacao) beans and products made with them are rich in heart-protective flavanols,” registered dietitian Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D., once wrote for mindbodygreen. “And chocolate may keep your memory sharp by boosting blood flow to the brain—definitely great reasons to get a daily dose of chocolate!”

Beyond chocolate, these recipes are packed with nut butters, seeds, and more—providing plenty of reasons to make them beyond just how tasty they are. Our advice? Bookmark this for inspiration whenever you need a little bit of chocolate, and get to picking one to make for your Valentine (or Pal-entine’s) stat.


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After 10,000 years of solely wearing leggings, I wasn’t shocked to learn that my butt was in dire need of exfoliation. As comfortable as leggings are (and as much as I’d never trade them for a pair of jeans ever again), they lack in the breathability and moisture-wicking department… especially if you’re sweating a lot and leaving them on for a little too long after a workout (guilty as charged).

The results? Butt-ne. Well, sort of. The bumps you experience on your bum are actually a condition called folliculitis, which occurs when your skin experiences friction from clothing materials (like your favorite leggings or underwear). As a result, your hair follicles get clogged, thus causing inflammation. Luckily, this has an easy fix: exfoliation. “Exfoliants keep the follicle from getting clogged with extra debris,” Janelle Vega, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, previously told Well+Good. To help smooth up my butt, I started using True Botanicals Bum Scrub, and my booty has never felt so silky soft.

The skin-care brand that celebs like Olivia Wilde and Laura Dern swear by (you’ve probably seen their ads on Instagram) offers a wide variety of products that rely on natural ingredients to effectively solve problems like blemishes, wrinkles, dullness, and, yes, bumpy butts. Bum Scrub, in particular, is made with bamboo powder, coconut husk, and jojoba beads that gently slough away dead skin cells without leaving the surface aggravated or inflamed.

What makes the formula stand out is that it contains black willow bark extract, a natural form of salicylic acid that prevents skin from clogging up or breaking out. Though there’s nothing inherently wrong with synthetic salicylic acid (which is what you’ll find in most body exfoliants thanks to its powerful blemish-fighting abilities), it can be drying or too harsh for sensitive skin. The black willow bark extract offers similar results with fewer potential side effects, which is why I love it during the winter months when I know my skin is more likely to negatively react to more potent ingredients.

“This product relies heavily on the use of a derivative of salicylic acid, an ingredient that breaks down surface dead skin cells which contribute to the formation of the skin bumps. It is a very gentle product, combined with anti-inflammatory oils, and because the backside area of the body is quite sensitive, this is a decent combination to achieve improvement in the rough bumps and acne, even on sensitive skin,” New York City-based dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD, FAAD, tells Well+Good.

You’re more than welcome to apply body lotion or oil after your scrub (I do!), but know that Bum Scrub is made with moringa, coffee, and safflower seed oils that leave skin deeply moisturized and supple-feeling. And if you prefer a product that doesn’t leave behind an overwhelming scent,  this scrub also checks off that box (the formula is fragrance-free).

After a few days of using True Botanicals Bum Scrub (I’ll apply a quarter-sized dollop to each cheek and spend a few minutes exfoliating), the bumps on my booty completely disappeared. I typically use the exfoliator twice a week for “upkeep,” and haven’t had any run-ins with blemishes or bumpiness since I started using Bum Scrub. And while $42 isn’t exactly cheap, my jar is nowhere near finished, and I’ve been using it for a few months.

Did I just find an ass-kicking (kind of literally?) butt exfoliation solution? Why yes, yes I did.

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