Your guide to facial exfoliation
Careful, regular facial exfoliation is great for your skin and can leave your face glowing and healthy. Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead cells and leave skin looking smoother and more radiant. It also helps to unclog pores and minimise imperfections. Here we help you to find the right products for your skin type...
Physical scrubs or beads
Physical exfoliators manually slough away dead skin cells. They are granular in texture and can vary from large sharp beads to fine sugary grains.
Sharper scrubs can have a greater effect so are good for dry, rough skin, but should be used sparingly to avoid damage. If you have sensitive skin, avoid these kind of scrubs altogether.
Smoother scrubs are gentler and can be used more regularly, although you'll have to wait longer to see the results.
Chemical peels can offer skin resurfacing and smoothing benefits. They work on a deeper level to manual scrubs and can penetrate several layers of skin.
Dull, uneven complexions or skin that suffers from imperfections can benefit most from chemical exfoliation.
Always read the label carefully and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Some chemical peels are gentle enough to be used daily while others should be used a maximum of once a week.
Top tips for facial exfoliation
- Don't over-exfoliate - damage, irritation and redness can all result
- Don't apply heavy pressure when using a scrub
- Always use sun protection - exfoliation can thin the upper layers of skin, making it more sensitive to the sun's rays
- People with sensitive skin should be particularly cautious when using a facial exfoliator
Top products for facial exfoliation
- Nivea Visage Natural Beauty Radiance Boosting Scrub
- No7 Radiance Revealed Exfoliator
- Origins Brighter By Nature Skin Tone Correcting Serum
- Soap Glory The Fab Pore 15-Minute Facial Peel
- Trilogy Gentle Face Exfoliant
- Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream
- Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refiner
- Time Delay Anti-Ageing Gentle Glycolic Peel Kit