What is a Body Buffer?

B. Miller

A body buffer is a type of scrubber used to cleanse the body. Typically, it refers to either a bath pouf or bath sponge, meant to gently exfoliate while it cleanses. Body buffers are typically very inexpensive and can be found in most drug stores or discount stores. The term "body buffer" may also refer to a type of exfoliating scrub. Either definition can be correct, though the first is more common.

Almond oil is a popular ingredient in body buffers.
Almond oil is a popular ingredient in body buffers.

A body buffer in the form of a bath pouf or bath sponge may be used every day in the bath or shower. It may be used with any type of body wash, though it is especially beneficial to use one with an exfoliating body wash. The bath pouf can be used to clean the entire body, and will gently exfoliate the skin, sloughing off dead skin cells and gently buffing the skin to make it appear refreshed.

Sugar is often used in body buffers.
Sugar is often used in body buffers.

Another option is to use the bath pouf with a body scrub, designed for deeper exfoliation. A body scrub will generally contain an exfoliating ingredient such as oatmeal, sugar, salt, pieces of apricot, or plastic beads, among others. When used in conjunction with a body buffer, a body scrub will help to exfoliate the skin more thoroughly, and may be used on rougher places such as the knees, elbows, or feet. Though technically this type of exfoliating body scrub could also be referred to as a body buffer, for the sake of clarity we will refer to it as a body scrub.

A body buffer is used to cleanse the body.
A body buffer is used to cleanse the body.

A body buffer in the form of a body scrub may contain other ingredients designed to soften and smooth the skin. Oils such as almond oil, soybean oil, avocado oil, and jojoba are common, as well as skin softeners such as shea butter. Pleasing scents are often added as well. Body scrubs should be used on damp skin, not while standing under a shower; instead, the body scrub should be rubbed in for approximately 30 seconds to one minute, then gently rinsed off. Body scrubs should not be used on irritated or broken skin, and never on the face.

In general, it is not a good idea to use either type of body buffer on the face (sponge or scrub). Both are much too harsh, and could damage the delicate skin. Either type of buffer could make a nice gift as part of a gift basket full of luxurious bath products.

Body buffers may be included in a gift basket.
Body buffers may be included in a gift basket.

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You might also need to use a body scrubber to help stop your skin from developing ingrown hairs. If you gently exfoliate with a pouf or some body scrub with oats or another gentle kind of abrasive material in it, before you shave, that can help.

Then scrub the same area for several days afterward as well. If you get rid of the loose skin cells it stops them getting trapped in the hair follicles. It can also help the newly growing hairs to break the skin so they don't start growing down and irritate your pores.

I really hate getting ingrown hairs, so I am sharing my best tips to help you get rid of yours!


I've heard that even taking really hot showers can damage your skin and that most soaps and things tend to knock around the body pH so that it is more vulnerable to damage.

I know most things damage you in some way, but it seems like scrubbing at your skin all the time can result in more damage, leading to wrinkles or allergies or whatever.

I think you should choose your skin products carefully, looking for natural ingredients and ones that are going to nourish the skin, not just plump it up or scrub it away.

I'm not saying don't do it at all, it obviously works for some things, but be aware that too much can hurt you.

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