This $12 Body Scrub Turns My Mom's Shower into My Personal Spa

My skin is so glowy and smooth.

Good to Go: SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & body Scrub
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As I've adapted to quarantine life over the past few months, one thing I've been doing is shedding steps from my skincare and haircare routines.

Despite having more "time" at home, using a handful of products on my hair and face started to seem unnecessarily frivolous.

My hair requires less treatments because I haven't been using heat tools or dyeing it. While my skincare routine is stripped down to the basics because I'm dealing with a mix of hyperpigmention from stress-related breakouts.

Aside from acne, excessive dryness and ingrown hairs are the other major skin concerns I've been dealing with throughout the past three months of staying at home. The stale indoor air has sucked all the moisture from my skin, plus switching from waxing to shaving has added painful red razor bumps to my bikini line.

In an attempt to clear up my skin, I first tried applying body lotion twice a day. But after not noticing noticing much of a real difference, I decided to add a body scrub into my in-shower routine.

While it seems counterintuitive to exfoliate already-dry skin, the idea was if I used a physical scrub a couple times a week, the formula would will slough away rough dead skin to improve texture and prevent ingrown hairs. And it did just that.

SheaMoisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub makes the shower in my mom's house, where I'm quarantining, feel more spa-like and leaves my skin super soft.

Good to Go: SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & body Scrub

To buy: $12;

The scrub has a fine gritty texture, but its mix of coconut, hibiscus, and shea butter delivers instant moisturizing benefits. After rinsing it off and patting myself down when I get out of the shower, my skin has that same radiance you get after you've massaged lotion all over your body.

Another plus? The floral scent isn't too overpowering, but strong enough to help me have a momentary sense of calmness amidst the current chaos of the outside world.

I've mostly been using the scrub in the shower, but a nice bonus feature is that it's mild enough to use as a treatment for hands that have become dried out from excessive washing.

Good to Go used to be the column where we'd share the beauty products we can't travel without. But while travel's off the table, we'll be focusing on products that make us feel good in quarantine. This month, why SheaMoisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub makes me feel like I'm back at the spa.

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