Cleaning properly and using sunscreen everyday are of utmost importance when it comes to developing healthy skin care habits. However, the unsung hero of any skincare routine might just be exfoliation. Why? For what? Although your skin does shed dead cells naturally, it is not always able to get them all off. Over time, this normal cycle slows down too.
So, how do you pick an exfoliator facial? They are typically divided into two categories; chemical exfoliants containing additives (typically acids or enzymes) that dissolve the glue that binds the dead skin cells together, and physical exfoliants that use particles such as seeds, powders, or beads to slough off the dead skin mechanically.
Below are our choices from the market’s top face exfoliators.
Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
Celebrity aesthetician Kate Somerville is responsible for the flawless complexions of some of the biggest A-listers in Hollywood, even if you (like most of us) can’t get in on one of her signature facials, you can still reap the benefits of her eponymous skincare line. This is her best-selling exfoliator; it wins big points for delivering a one-two exfoliating punch, healthy and convenient for any and every skin type. A combination of lactic acid plus pineapple, papaya, and pumpkin enzymes function to remove dead tissue, while still physically buffering away cells.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
That’s certainly worthy of being named a facial because it really leaves the skin looking like you’ve just had a professional treatment. Thank a mixture of alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids (glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric and salicylic) that both smooth the texture of your skin and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Since the drug is designed specifically to have a pH of 3.5, it is extra effective without the chance of redness or irritation. It also comes with a separate vial of luxurious face oil from the brand’s organic marula.
Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub
On a bill? This face scrub is effective and inexpensive. It harnesses the exfoliating strength of rice granules (no microbeads here) to buff away dead skin cells and make your complexion look cleaner and clearer, and feel cleaner. Even nice: it contains skin-softening pro-vitamin B5 and nourishing vitamin E, but it does not contain any artificial perfumes or colours.
Tata Harper Regenerating Exfoliating Cleanser
A bit of that guy — which is gentle enough you can use it every day — goes a long way. Two separate exfoliating types give you the ultimate bang for your dollar. Apricot seed powder polishes the skin to perfection, while enzymes with pomegranate remove dead, dry skin. At the same time, willow bark and French clay help to pull out and purify pores, making this a particularly great choice for any blackhead-prone individual. The recipe is also super safe, free from a long list of toxic chemicals and use plenty of organic farming ingredients.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser
Exfoliating will, in principle, leave your skin a little dry, which can be especially troublesome if your complexion is already on the dry side to begin with. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss this very critical phase in skincare. Actually having an exfoliant with added hydrating ingredients is the key; this staple in the drugstore suits the bill. The gel-to-cream uses glycolic and lactic acids, as well as papaya extract, to smooth the skin gently, but is especially noteworthy when adding hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid, one of the strongest hydrating ingredients out there, extracts water and absorbs it into the skin.