Using a face scrub for exfoliation is one of those steps that seem like you can take it or leave it( you really can’t). However, if you want smooth healthy skin, regular exfoliation is a step in your routine you cannot avoid. There are two types of exfoliators: chemical and physical both of which remove dead skin cells to give your skin the J-Lo glow. Using a face scrub is a means of physical exfoliation.
Face scrubs generally work best for oily and dry skin because they buff away patches of dry skin and remove pore cloggers in oily skin. When dry skin patches are removed it changes the texture of the skin making it much smoother. For those with acne-prone skin chemical exfoliants (like salicylic acid and retinoid) tend to work better, unlike scrubs which may irritate skin with active breakouts.
Apart from making your skin look and feel smoother face scrubs can also soften fine lines and brighten your skin. To get the best results to face scrubs should be used at night 2-3 times per week. Just make sure you avoid your eye area which is super delicate and slather on your sun protection aka SPF 30 during the day. So without much ado here are some face scrubs which produce great results for every skin type.
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Exfoliator
Suitable for all skin types
This scrub is a best seller for a reason and because it pulls double duty as an exfoliating and hydrating mask. The mask is made from mineral-rich Brazilian black sugar granule which is rich in vitamins and minerals and restores nutrients and moisture to the skin. The Black sugar granules are effective in eliminating blackheads so works great if you have a breakout or dry skin. The scrub smoothens and brightens skin without irritation with fine granules which make it suitable for sensitive skin. It is also extremely affordable and easily available
The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator
Suitable for combination/ oily skin
This product is made from with jojoba beads and seaweed to refresh and clarify, your face will feel super-soft and beautifully clean with every use. It is not irritating and reduces the look of your pores. It is an extremely gentle so is fantastic if you have acne-prone skin so is not irritating and won’t make it worse. Gentle and can be used for all skin types especially oily and acne-prone skin. This scrub is extremely affordable and lasts a long time so you get a good bang for your buck.
L’Oréal Paris pure sugar scrub
Suitable for dry skin
This scrub is made from 3 types of sugars and Cocoa to nourish and soften dry skin. This combination of ingredients provides deep but gentle exfoliation, the sugar particles are rich in minerals which into the skin. It can be a bit gloopy but it washes off easily and leaves your skin looking more refined. One additional benefit is that the scrub is gentle enough to be used on your lips which are more sensitive. Although not the least expensive scrub it is affordable and comes in a good-sized jar.
Clinique exfoliating scrub
Suitable for oily skin
This scrub bests used for oily acne-prone skin and helps remove dry flakes and soften fine lines. One of the benefits of this product is that you need a small quantity which means it will last for months and is gentle enough to be used daily. Regular use will rebalance your oily T zone area and refine the texture of your skin to improving absorption of moisture. My only qualm about this is the price at $23 it is a bit pricey for a face scrub.
M3 naturals activated charcoal scrub
Suitable for acne-prone skin
This scrub combines charcoal with Dead Sea salts to take advantage of their benefits which detoxify your skin and removes blackheads. In addition to its effect on acne, this scrub eliminates itching, dryness and brightens your skin. The only thing you need to take into account is the fact that the colour from the charcoal may take some time to wash. However, it is affordable and comes in a huge jar which means you can use it on your body if you suffer from backne without fear that it won’t last.
Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish Facial Scrub
Suitable for acne-prone skin
This face scrub is for acne-prone skin and the combination of salicylic acid and vitamin B3 rebalances the skin. Salicylic acid penetrates pores while vitamin B3 calms congested and problematic skin. This scrub is gentle enough for sensitive skin and leaves your skin soft without drying it out. The inclusion of Grapeseed Oil helps the skin retain its moisture balance resulting in a clearer, more refined and luminous complexion. The only con is that it is pricey for a scrub at $26.
Clarins Renew Rebalance Comfort Scrub
Suitable for Dry skin
This oil-based face scrub is great for dry skin and with a scent to die for. The scrub contains sugar microcrystals with mango butter which nourishes the skin leaving it moisturized and plump. This scrub is gentle enough to be used either in the morning or night. It is gentle enough for your lips but is pretty pricey, to be honest.