One of the best and most important ways to rejuvenate your skin is to exfoliate 1 to 3 times a week. When you exfoliate, you remove dead, dull skin, which reveals a layer of new, healthier, and brighter skin. There are many types of exfoliants out there, so how does one know what to use for their skin type? Basically, there are two types of exfoliants to choose from: a physical exfoliant (where you can feel the exfoliant manually scrubbing off the dead skin or by using a rotary brush) and a chemical exfoliant (acids or enzymes). I have found that if you are prone to break outs, a physical scrub can irritate the skin, so it would be best to stick with a chemical exfoliant. I personally rotate both types of exfoliants in my skincare regimen. To enhance exfoliation at home, I especially love using my Clariosnic Brush because I like knowing that I am sloughing away all of those dead skin cells right then and there. I look forward to getting pampered with a great enzyme facial several times a year because my skin looks radiant for days.
Dry, Normal, Oil Skin = Physical or Chemical Exfoliant
Acne Prone = Chemical Exfoliant
Click through my slideshow to view 10 of my favorite exfoliants:
CLARISONIC MIA 2
First off, I have had my Clarisonic for almost 8 years, and it is still running like it is brand new. I bought it long before the Mia existed and to be honest, I am waiting for it to die so I can buy the cute compact (lightweight) version of my original Clarisonic. This is a must for anyone with normal, dry, or oily skin!
Get it at Clarisonic $169
JASON BRIGHTENING APRICOT SCRUBBLE
Shopping on a budget? This is your winner! I love how the walnut powder gently exfoliates my skin leaving it bright and baby soft.
Get it at Jason $7.97
ONE LOVE ORGANICS BRAND NEW DAY
Organic sweet pea flower and pineapple enzymes gently slough off dead skin cells. If you don’t like abrasive physical scrubs, you are going to love Brand New Day. It also smells fantastic!
Get it at One Love Organics $39
ARCONA CRANBERRY GOMMAGE
Salicylic acid, volcanic minerals, and sucrose exfoliate and purify the skin while cranberry and raspberry enzymes unclog and minimize pores.
Get it at Arcona $46
REN GLYCOL LACTIC RADIANCE RENEWAL MASK
This is my favorite chemical mask/peel. It works almost just as well as a trip to the dermatologist for an expensive peel! Lactic, glycolic, tartaric, and citric acid as well as papain enzyme gently exfoliate the skin.
Get it at Sephora $55
KORRES WILD ROSE DAILY BRIGHTENING AND REFINING BUFF CLEANSER
Wild rose oil is a natural source of a vitamin C that improves radiance all over the skin. It smells divine and it’s gentle enough to use every day.
Get it at Sephora $24
FIRST AID BEAUTY FACIAL RADIANCE POLISH
This Radiance Polish uses natural exfoliants including shea nut shell powder and willow bark extract to gently buff and polish the skin. The polish purifies and cleanses the skin, and it’s gentle enough for everyday use.
Get it at Sephora $24
BURT’S BEES CITRUS FACIAL SCRUB
The sweet smell of sweet potato pie in a face scrub. It’s formulated with ground almonds, oats, and pecans to gently exfoliate dead skin cells while sweet almond oil and glycerin help soften the skin. This natural face scrub removes dirt, oil, and makeup too.
Get it at Amazon $15.49
CAUDALIE CRUSHED CABERNET SCRUB
This wine-inspired body scrub refines, nourishes, and softens the skin. This is an oldie, but still one of my all time favorites.
Get it at Sephora $38
FRESH BROWN SUGAR BODY POLISH
Trying to stay away from eating sugar? Use it on your body instead. The brown sugar, mixed with the finest oils, exfoliates and hydrates the skin so much that you might find yourself slipping and sliding in the bathtub.
Get it at Sephora $65