Over lunch my friend was complaining about dry skin and I asked if she exfoliated, which she didn’t.
I advise most my friends to get into the habit of doing so; if you moisturize (which you should), then exfoliating is a must.
The buildup of old skin cells can leave the skin dry, irritated and dull. Not to mention, exfoliating helps the effectiveness of your other products. Exfoliating keeps your skin beautiful and healthy. Here are five tried and tested products you can pick from.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser
“This leaves my face feeling extra soft, healthy and glowing. In fact, since using this product every day, there has been a big improvement in my skin quality. I actually get compliments from my glowing skin, and I think this product has a lot to do with it.” —Anna Cruz
It’s no wonder that this cleanser worked like magic. Its exfoliating properties help unclog pores of unwanted dirt, detoxifies and kills bacteria, and reveals healthier, newer skin cells.
Philosophy the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
“As a teen my skin would break out a lot, leaving my skin with acne discoloration and rough patches. This product helped the surface of my skin become smoother, and it also lightened my uneven skintone.” —Giselle Yujuico
ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish—It’s no surprise: this exfoliant is nonabrasive, and works gently but thoroughly to promise a smooth, supple texture that makes you both look and feel younger.
“This product has been so beneficial to my skin. You feel the difference instantly, and it even makes my pores look smaller.” —Maureen Miano
And it gets better: No need to worry about a cakey face after applying your foundation, because smoother skin means better makeup application.
The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfoliator—“I like that it feels gentle on my skin even if it’s an exfoliator. It’s creamy and keeps my skin clear and healthy.” —Nina Muallam
Additionally, readers with sensitive skin say that it’s “a definite plus” that the product has no added color or fragrance.
Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
“This product prevents breakouts and exfoliates without redness or irritation.” —Maegan Manzano
Also, because skin cells are renewed and rejuvenated, moisturizing and other skincare products will penetrate more effectively.