Not sure whether you’re due for an exfoliation? Try this trick: use a tiny strip of regular scotch tape on your forehead. Stick it on and peel off. If you see flakes of dry skin stuck on the tape, it’s a good idea to exfoliate!
If you’re due for a good scrub, it’s easy to get lost in all the products out there. Whatever the case, don’t scrub with a harsh abrasive not meant for your skin type. This is especially important if you have sensitive skin.
We tested out some of the top-rated scrubs on the market to see what really delivers. Our primary concern? The product needs to deliver on what it promises! The fact that these picks are cruelty-free and pretty enough for your IG feed is just a nice bonus.
Monat Berry Refined Scrub
Good news – this amazingly pretty and delicious-smelling scrub fits most skin types! It’s fully customizing based on what level of exfoliation you need. If you are looking for a gentle scrub, simply add more water and gently massage into your skin. Otherwise, use it with little water to deliver more power. You can also leave it on your face for up to 10 minutes for the fruit acids to work their magic, giving you both physical and chemical exfoliation. The product comes in super luxurious packaging, making you want to use it more than its recommended 1-2 times a week.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
This is the OG behind the magic celebrity skin glow. If you have very oily and breakout-prone skin, this exfoliating treatment should be in your medicine cabinet. If thoroughly scrubs off all the dead skin cells on the surface, leaving you with a radiant glow. People RAVE about its brightening power, but be careful if you have sensitive skin since it might be too harsh for it.
farmacy New Day Gentle Exfoliating Grains
Similar to the MONAT Berry Refined Scrub, this scrub uses cranberry seeds as its magical exfoliant. The rice bran powder helps absorb excess oil while scrubbing away dull skin surfaces. The best part? You can grab some of the powder with you on the go and not get in trouble with the TSA!
Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator Exfoliating Wash
This cleanser relies on papaya enzymes to reverse dullness, even out the skin tone, and reduce wrinkles with its glow-inducing formula. Unlike gritty formula, the fine texture provides gentle but deep exfoliation, thanks to the enzyme combo.
The love for powder cleansers is neverending. While this cleanser doesn’t have any physical exfoliants, it relies on a clever blend of extracts to deliver gentle dirt-melting powers. If you’re new to powder cleansers and exfoliators, use a small amount with an even smaller amount of water to make a paste of it. I mentioned before how I also love the Japanese powder cleanser by Kanebo Suisa. Scrub on your skin and enjoy the light scent while it scrubs away all dirt. This product is gentle enough for daily use, so if you’re looking for a bit of self-care luxury into your daily routine, this is it.