We all love that freshly exfoliated feeling; softer, smoother, tighter skin that just glows. Exfoliating your skin will remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, minimize hyperpigmentation, and more. With so many benefits, exfoliators aren’t just a luxurious treat, they should be a part of your regular skincare routine. However, as with most products, there is no one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to exfoliating your skin. Being the skincare savants that we like to consider ourselves, we’ve put together a handy guide on how to choose the best exfoliator for your skin.
Normal Skin: Even normal skin, with no visible concerns or imperfections, can benefit from regular exfoliation. Rodial Super Acids After Party Scrub is a 3-in-1 skin micro-polish that is perfect for giving normal skin a boost. Purifying bentonite clay beads that will buff away dead skin cells, while glycolic and salicylic acids deep cleanse and retexturize, and shea butter and biotilys probiotic technology moisturize and strengthen your skin.
Dry Skin: It may not seem obvious, but dry skin can really benefit from a good exfoliator. By exfoliating dry skin, you will remove dead, dry, and flaky skin cells. Removing the uppermost layer of dead skin cells will also allow better absorption of any products you apply next (like your serums or moisturizers). Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant will exfoliate without drying out or irritating the skin. It contains an effective complex of lactic acid, salicylic acid and fruit enzymes to remove dead skin cells and add suppleness to your skin.
Oily/Acne Prone Skin: While physical scrubs with exfoliating beads are usually great for oily skin, anyone with acne should be careful when using them. Some physical scrubs contain beads with rough edges that can scratch blemishes, causing scarring or spreading the breakout to other areas. Derma e Very Clear Scrub with Anti-Blemish Complex is a plant-based physical exfoliant that contains extremely fine, powdered walnut shells that will slough away dead skin cells and unclog pores without scratching the skin. It also contains 2% salicylic acid to treat blemishes.
Sensitive Skin: Despite what many people believe, sensitive skin can also benefit from regular exfoliation. The trick is to use a mild exfoliator that comes in the form of a peel, rather than a physical scrub. Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel contains naturally exfoliating papaya and pineapple to gently exfoliate, brighten, smooth, and repair sensitive skin.
Mature Skin: As we get older, our skin’s natural resurfacing process starts to slow down, meaning that exfoliating is key when it comes to anti-aging. StriVectin LABS 5-Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel is a two-step, weekly glycolic peel that covers all the signs of aging. The first step contains anti-aging NIA-114, an ingredient that will purify the skin and prepare it for the next step. The second step contains a powerful blend of glycolic acid and other AHAs to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, minimize pores, fade hyperpigmentation and enhance radiance in just five minutes.
– Rebecca Harrisson