Whether your skin is oily or dry, having a dependable exfoliating scrub should be one of your skincare priorities. You’ve probably seen articles and commercials extolling the benefits of exfoliation, but you might still have questions about what exactly it is and whether you even need to do it. When you exfoliate, you remove the top layer of your face’s skin, including dead skin cells that may have been leaving your face feeling dry. This will help unclog pores and allow moisturizers to work more effectively, leaving your skin looking and feeling healthy.
It’s important when exfoliating to be gentle — you don’t want to leave your skin overly sensitive. While many exfoliating face cleaning scrubs are overly aggressive, there are plenty of facial find scrubs that will leave you feeling refreshed without leaving your skin raw.
There are two ways to exfoliate skin — manually or chemically. Manual scrubs will have coarse, gritty pieces that rub away dead skin cells. These scrubs were often made with small plastic beads that acted as exfoliants. These days, brands ranging from indie labels to major drugstore brands will use natural ingredients — common natural exfoliants include oats, sugar and even coffee grounds. Chemical exfoliants use acids like glycolic, lactic or salicylic acids, which each have their own benefits depending on your skin’s unique needs. We’ve rounded up some of the best facial scrubs available right now.
1. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula
Palmer’s facial scrub uses natural ingredients to gently cleanse and exfoliate the face. It uses raw coconut sugar for a naturally exfoliating effect, and it’s free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. Natural ingredients include coconut oil and chamomile flower. In addition to cleaning your face and clearing dead skin cells, hyaluronic acid helps to restore your skin’s moisture, so your face won’t feel overly dry. It comes in a 3.17-ounce squeeze tube.
Pros: Natural ingredients, free of parabens and sulfates. Uses raw coconut sugar to gently exfoliate and hyaluronic acid to restore moisture.
Cons: Can be a little rough for some.
2. ACURE Charcoal Lemonade Facial Scrub
This natural facial scrub uses vegan and natural ingredients to gently exfoliate and cleanse. It’s designed for those with oily to normal skin. Refreshing ingredients include lemon, blueberry and charcoal, and plant-based cellulose beads are used for exfoliation. This option is the “Incredibly Clear” formula, but you can also choose “Radically Rejuvenating” or “Brightening” varieties depending on your skin’s needs.
Pros: Naturally refreshing ingredients include lemon, blueberry and charcoal. Designed for normal to oily skin.
Cons: Acure introduced a new formula, which some who have used this product for a long time may not like.
3. Brickell Men’s Renewing Face Scrub for Men
This scrub has pumice, avocado and jojoba beads that act as a natural exfoliant to clear away dirt and dead skin. The formula is comprised of ingredients that are natural and certified organic. In addition to exfoliating, coffee and green tea extract help to energize and revitalize skin. The solution comes in a 4 ounce jar.
Pros: Natural and organic exfoliating ingredients. Energizes and revitalizes.
Cons: Somewhat expensive.