Ultimate Guide To Exfoliators​

Pick the right exfoliator for your skin type

Skin looking dull, dry, or congested? Want skin that's smooth, silky, and even in tone? Looking to erase scarring and imperfections? Exfoliation is the key to the complexion you're looking for!


There are tons of different ways to exfoliate, and every skin type and concern benefits differently from the various types of exfoliators. We've got tons of information to help you find the skin-slougher of your dreams in our Ultimate Guide to Exfoliators.



How Should I Exfoliate Dry Skin?



From scrubs to acids to enzymes and more, there's a wide world of ways to give your skin that freshly buffed glow you're after. Check out the articles in our guide to answer your questions, get product recommendations, and more.


Exfoliation is a key step in anyone’s beauty routine. Removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface can help with a multitude of issues, from boosting your natural glow to fading scarring and hyperpigmentation. Exfoliation can also improve dry skin, as removing dead cells makes it easier for hydrating ingredients to do their job. We’ve got all the bases covered with exfoliation in this guide, so you can reveal the glowing skin you’ve got hidden underneath those extra layers.

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What Should I Look For In An Exfoliating Product?

Exfoliating products come in different concentrations and delivery methods, and they require different applications. Choose the perfect exfoliant simply by following these three steps.

How Should I Exfoliate If I Have Oily Skin?

Exfoliation offers several benefits to oily and combination skin types. If you're ready to incorporate this step into your skincare routine, there's one type of exfoliant that's perfect for your needs.

Which Is Better for My Skin: Manual or Chemical Exfoliation?

There are two ways you can integrate exfoliation into your skincare routine. Which method you should choose depends on a number of factors.

How Should I Exfoliate Dry Skin?

Both physical and chemical exfoliation can treat the symptoms and appearance of dry skin. Learn how to choose the method that will dramatically improve the condition of your own complexion.

How Do I Know If I'm Over-Exfoliating?

Maybe you suspect you've been over-exfoliating, but you're not sure what the signs are. If you answer 'yes' to any of these questions, it's likely you've been overdoing this commonly misunderstood skincare step.

Do I Really Need to Exfoliate My Face?

If you're not already exfoliating regularly, you're missing out on a host of skincare benefits. It's hard to believe that a step that takes less than a minute offers so many good things.

How Often Should I Exfoliate My Face?

Exfoliation can make your complexion glow—or turn your skin raw and sensitive. Find out how often you should exfoliate and what product to use for your skin type and concerns.

Should I Exfoliate Before, During, or After Cleansing?

The line between cleansers and exfoliants seems to have become blurred. Although 2-in-1 products save time, these hybrids have confused skincare routines. Learn about the two kinds of exfoliants and when you should use them.

How Should I Exfoliate My Skin If I Have Acne?

Exfoliation is essential to helping reduce your incidence of acne. If you suffer from this skin condition, there's one kind of exfoliant you need to know about. This ingredient not only exfoliates but also helps to reduce the bacteria and inflammation commonly associated with acne.

Is Scrubbing Safe for My Skin?

Physical exfoliating products are instantly gratifying. Can you get that scrubbed look and feel every day and still maintain a safe skincare routine? We investigate.

Microbeads: Why Shouldn't You Use Them?

In the last few years, the topic of microbeads and their use in beauty products has been at the forefront of media attention.

The use of exfoliators can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, when men and women used harsh masks and abrasive botanical ingredients to exfoliate. As time went on, approaches as dangerous as sandpaper, UV radiation, and fire were used to exfoliate the skin. Sound crazy? We know! That’s why we’ve got a comprehensive guide to safe exfoliators for every skin type. Whether it’s a rough body buff or a gentle facial exfoliant, we’ll help you discover what's best for your skin.


Woman using non-microbead scrub


Exfoliation helps assist in the natural process of 'desquamation', or dead skin cells loosening from the surface of the skin on their own. While desquamation does happen naturally, skin’s regenerative functions begin to slow as you age, so the natural process of cell turnover slows down, too. At the optimal rate, you're looking at 25 to 30 days for a full cycle of cell turnover. As you age, that period can increase to anywhere between 45 and 60 days. Exfoliating helps slough off dead skin left behind by lack of cell turnover.


How should I exfoliate if I have oily skin?


Contrary to popular belief, there are many different types of exfoliators. No need to worry about using a harsh scrub if you’re sensitive; there are other options out there.

  • Physical exfoliators are your classic scrubs, rich in abrasive particles that, with physical action (rubbing or gently massaging into the skin), remove dead skin cells.
  • Mechanical exfoliators include washable, reusable tools that remove dead skin with fibres or bristles. Whilst technically physical exfoliators, exfoliating mitts, brushes, sponges, flannels, and the like are a bit different from consumable products such as scrubs.
  • Chemical exfoliators are generally acids, commonly referred to as 'peels' or 'treatments'. These products loosen the layer of dead skin, mimicking the natural desquamation process and helping to sweep away dead skin without any rubbing or movement. The types of chemical exfoliators used over the counter are nowhere near as harsh as professional peels.

  • Enzyme exfoliators use natural catalysts to target dead skin. Enzymes gently eat away at dead skin cells on the skin’s surface to resurface and brighten.


What should I look for in an exfoliating product?


So hop into the Ultimate Guide to Exfoliators to find out which method of removing dead skin suits you best. We’ve answered all your exfoliator questions!

Ultimate guide to exfoliators

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