When it comes to choosing the best face exfoliator for you, there are countless different options on the market. From physical to chemical, and everything in between depending on your skin type and concern, the world of exfoliants and acids can be daunting. We have broken it down into a key edit of the best face exfoliators, so you can get a glowing and brightened complexion without causing redness or irritation.
What is physical exfoliation?
The most widely recognised exfoliator, physical exfoliators are actual scrubs that buff away dead skin cells, impurities and excess oil. They work by using ingredients like walnut shell, salt or sugar to take away dying skin cells and reveal a fresh and luminous complexion.
Anything I need to worry about?
Physcial exfoliators are not as gentle as their chemical counterparts, meaning if you have sensitive skin, they may not be for you. If you want to go ahead, then make sure you look for natural-based ingredients; we have put our favourite suggestion below.
Are there other forms of physical exfoliation than scrubs?
Techincally, there’s microdermabrasion. It is however fairly expensive, and shouldn’t be done more than once a month ideally. We need to be exfoliating our skin around once to twice a week, so you need to be incorporating additional exfoliation into your routine even if you choose to get microdermabrasion.
- For dry skin: Pai’s Kukui and Jojoba Skin Brightening Exfoliator feels super hydrating even as it’s buffing and polishing. It contains omega fatty acids to seal in moisture and keep the skin glowing.
- For sensitive skin: You can’t beat the ELEMIS Gentle Rose Exfoliator. It has natural jojoba beads which feel gentle considering it’s a physcial exfoliant, and leaves the skin glowing.
- For oily/combination skin: Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub is a cult classic and one which we always come back to. It contains natural corn cob meal which polishes the skin, and is great for skin with excess oil production thanks to its pore declogging abilities.