Exfoliators lift up and get rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores and leave skin looking dull. Getting rid of dead cells encourages cell renewal -- the process by which your skin replenishes itself. By revealing new skin and sloughing away the old, you're also improving the skin's ability to absorb the products (serums, moisturizers, sunscreen) you apply.
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Scrubs: These products contain grainy particles that physically remove dead skin cells as you move the product around your face. These exfoliators range from large grains (salt or sugar scrubs) to texture you can barely detect (very fine grains of ground rice). Other products contain exfoliating beads, which are gentler on the skin.
Chemicals: Chemical exfoliators contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) -- substances found in fruit -- to loosen and dissolve the dead skin cells rather than scrub them away. They target deeper layers of skin by sinking into the skin, unlike scrubs, which focus only on surface cells.
Enzymes: These products dissolve the dead skin cells without any scrubbing, making them suitable for anyone with sensitive skin or rosacea. Look for products that contain papaya or pineapple.
Oily skin: Opt for a scrub, which also helps remove oil, dirt, makeup and other debris that can further clog pores.
Our pick: St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub ($3.49)
Dry skin: Try a chemical exfoliator, which helps firm and tighten skin and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.
Our pick: Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength ($45)
Sensitive skin: Opt for an enzyme exfoliator, which dissolves dead skin without scrubbing.
Our pick: Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator ($45)
You skin type will mean everything when choosing the best exfoliator for your face. It's important to incorporate exfoliating into your beauty routine but it won't do you any good if you choose the wrong formula. That mishap will only hinder your journey to smooth, healthy-looking skin. So, make sure you consider your skin type for happy scrubbing.
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