There’s no denying that cleansing and moisturizing are crucial components of a good skin care routine. However, there is one step that many women tend to skip and that is using a good face scrub to exfoliate your skin, washing away dead skin cells. As we age, exfoliation becomes the key to radiant, glowing skin and a good face scrub paves the way for the serums and moisturizers to follow. According to dermatologists, when selecting a face scrub, it is important to pick a formula that is gentle, with superfine exfoliating particles, otherwise you risk creating microscopic tears and inflammation in the skin.
The best part about exfoliating is that you only have to use scrubs once or twice a week to remove dead, flaky skin - make sure to apply a moisturizer immediately after it.
Aside from making your skin look and feel smoother, most options provide additional skincare benefits as well--some work to soften fine lines and wrinkles, while others can hydrate and brighten your skin.
Here are 6 face scrubs that guarantee to work wonders on your skin. Happy scrubbing!
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser
Perfect for dry, flaky skin, this face scrub contains naturally-derived skin smoothers that effectively remove dirt, oil and dry surface skin. It has teeny-tiny exfoliating beads that gently buff away flakes and roughness. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and glycerine, this exfoliating face wash is clinically proven to increase the skin’s hydration level and lock it in for instantly soft, supple, and refreshed skin.
L’Oreal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub
Looking for a sugar scrub that you can use on both your face and lips? The formula is infused with not one, but three different types of sugar (brown, blonde and white), suspended in a super-creamy mixture of finely crushed cocoa, coconut oil and cocoa butter, that work together to gently exfoliate and nourish the skin. This butter-soft sugar scrub is rich in minerals that melt into skin for gentle, yet effective exfoliation. It removes dirt, oil and impurities, while gently polishing away dull skin.
Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub
You can’t literally scrub away your pores, but you can use this face scrub/mask hybrid to make them less noticeable. This dual-action detoxifying and exfoliating clay mask is filled with natural bamboo charcoal powder, kaolin clay, and small silica beads to remove excess oil and dislodge pore-clogging dead skin cells for beautiful, smooth skin.
Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub
If you’re looking for a face scrub made with natural ingredients, Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub by Burt’s Bees is perfect for you. It’s 99 per cent natural and is infused with willow bark--a natural source of salicylic acid--to help remove dead skin, dirt and excess oil, while the peach stone gently exfoliates and buffs away dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and radiant.
Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
Dermalogica’s Daily Superfoliant is a highly-active powder resurfacer that helps detoxify pores and fight skin ageing caused by pollution. When mixed with water, this powdery charcoal-infused face scrub releases powerful enzymes and skin-smoothing alpha hydroxy acids, which help in pulling out dirt and pollution particles that get stuck in your pores during the day.
Olay Micropolishing Cleansing Infusion Facial Cleanser
This micropolish cleanser from Olay infuses a non-stripping cleanser with bio-renewing hydrators to actually improve your skin’s condition. It has tiny granules that feel pleasantly sandy and break down into a subtly creamy consistency as you cleanse, leaving skin visibly glowing. The micropolishing formula gently exfoliates, removing dirt, oil and makeup, without drying the skin, while the exfoliators renew skin’s texture. Plus, the formula has a zingy scent that smells like summer and happy days, thanks to crushed ginger and citrus extract.