It’s almost the new year and you know what that means — it’s time to chuck out the old and welcome in the new, and boy has that never felt more necessary than after 2020. Seriously, this year was kind of a pile of garbage in more ways than one and I think everyone is looking to shed and renew. This could be true of many things in your life — your quarantine bingeing habits, the pile of sweatpants you’ve accumulated, and even your skincare regimen. One thing we can all definitely shed before 2021 begins? That layer of dead skin sitting on your face — with the help of the perfect facial scrub.
Facial scrubs, in conjunction with the right cleansers and moisturizers and even facial brush, are a great addition to your skincare routine. They essentially act as spring cleaners for your face — clearing out the dead stuff you don’t need anymore so your skin can breathe, grow new cells and become rejuvenated. There are high-quality, effective and easy-to-use facial scrubs out there that make scrubbing your skin satisfying and once you feel the benefits? You’ll never not have a facial scrub on your bathroom counter again. Here are the best facial scrubs for making like a snake, and shedding that skin in 2021.
1. Bulldog Original Face Scrub
This is one of Spy’s favorite grooming tools of the year –— and is one of the best facial scrubs for men we’ve been able to find. The scrub is formulated to make cleansing and exfoliating your face easy and has a powerful formula for removing dead skin. It has aloe vera, a naturally calming ingredient, as well as camelina oil and green tea for a clean finish. It’ll remove that dead layer and cleanse your skin so you’re left with a smooth complexion that’s balanced and healthy. The formula also contains tiny bits of oat kernel, almond shell and olive seed powder that, combined, buff out your skin’s impurities. On a scale of dry to oily — this facial scrub is best for fellas with normal skin.
2. Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub
This is another great facial scrub formulated to be used before you shave for a close shave that’s easier, safer and more effective. The scrub contains scrubbing particles that are environmentally-friendly and biodegradable, so great grooming doesn’t come at the cost of the fishies, and it’s deep-cleaning so your skin gets a thorough wash at the same time. It removes oil, dirt, dead skin and other things that might get in the way of your blade so you can shave and look your best afterwards.
3. Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Facial Scrub
Clean & Clear makes some of the best affordable skincare products on the market — and this facial scrub contains a formula that goes pores-deep to exfoliate your skin and remove dirt, oil, makeup, impurities and dead skin. It has a tingly sensation as you massage it onto your face which is always satisfying, and the formula is oil-free so it won’t clog up anything while it works.
4. Brickell Men’s Renewing Face Scrub
Brickell is a men’s skincare brand aimed at creating effective grooming tools with natural, organic ingredients — like this facial scrub. It removes oil, dead skin and other impurities on men with all different skin types especially those prone to blackheads or ingrown hairs. These skin problems are usually the result of dead skin or other matter blocking pores and causing blemishes, the use of a facial scrub can help. This one was also designed to be used before a shave, and contains soothing ingredients like aloe vera, avocado butter, vitamin E and jojoba beads among others to calm and prepare skin.
5. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub
BEST FOR BEARDS
This facial scrub is designed for men with beards hoping for close, precise shaves and no ingrown hairs — believe it or not, it is possible. This facial scrub does all the work of exfoliating skin and removing impurities, while also softening tough facial hair so your shave is more comfortable. This facial scrub is made with apricot kernels and infused with ingredients like menthol, vitamin E, caffeine and citrus extracts for an invigorating grooming experience. It’ll soothe roughness and dullness to bring about a complexion that says “yup, didn’t drink until I was 25 — I swear.”
6. RUGGED & DAPPER Daily Power Scrub Face Wash + Facial Cleanser
BEST FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
If you have combination skin that’s oily but also dry and can be easily irritated — this is the exfoliator for you. It cleans deep and removes oil and dead skin while also acting as a cleanser and toner. It uses plant-based exfoliants to remove congestion on your face and smooth over skin for a shave or the day ahead. Each ingredient is sourced from the outdoors and nutrient-rich so there’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. A few key ingredients? Aloe vera, vitamin C, willow bark and burdock root — to name a few. Their formula contains no parabens, sulfates or toxins and is tested on men — not animals.
7. MARLOWE. No. 122 Men’s Facial Scrub
BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
This facial scrub is made in the USA completely free of junk ingredients, and is great for both oily and dry skin alike. It’s a water-based cleanser that’s lightly scented with agarwood, sandalwood and musk for a manly scent that’s designed to be non-irritating. It also has a unique blend of passionflower, fruit, green tea and willow bark that hydrates and smooths while it revitalizes skin. Their simple formula contains no harsh ingredients that tend to irritate sensitive skin types, but also doesn’t sacrifice effectiveness. This scrub, unlike some of the others on this list, is gentle enough to use every day as a regular part of your skincare regimen.
8. Clinique For Men Face Scrub
Clinique has been a key player in the men’s grooming space for a while, and their face scrub has yet to disappoint. They know their stuff at this point, and this face scrub is made to clear the way for the new — whether that means a new shave or new clean complexion. It’s made with fine grains that de-flake, lift away beard hairs and reduce the presence of ingrown hairs as well. It’ll revive your skin’s energy while also smoothing over for that sought-after evenness we long for after chaos. This formula is also free of the regular junk — including parabens and phthalates — and contains no fragrance.
9. M3 Naturals Activated Charcoal Scrub
If you want to make the exfoliating action that comes with a facial scrub a full-body activity, this is a great scrub to use. I know, charcoal is in everything these days but there’s a reason — it’s a powerful detoxifying agent that, when formulated right, can yield great results. This scrub combines charcoal with dead sea salts to both oil and cleanse your skin in one go. It’s made to draw out dirt, pollution and bacteria from your skin and balance your pH levels — restoring your skin to boss status. Their blend of ingredients is also made to reduce the appearance of blackheads, scars and acne.
10. Nivea Men’s Maximum Hydration Deep Cleaning Face Scrub
BEST FOR HYDRATION
The one problem with exfoliation? It can leave your skin craving moisture — but thankfully there are facial scrubs made to keep your skin hydrated while removing impurities at the same time. This formula cleanses your skin to unclog pores without drying everything out. It has fine scrubbing particles as well as aloe vera and provitamin b5 that keeps your skin from feeling tight or dried out post-wash.