5 Gentle Facial Exfoliators That Don’t Feel Like Sandpaper
When your skin is dry and flaky, it may be tempting to reach for the toughest exfoliator you can find, but alas, that may not be the right product pick. Instead of potentially irritating your skin, you’ll be better off using a gentle exfoliator. We’re making this extremely easy for you (no need to thank us) and sharing what we think are five of the best gentle facial exfoliators from the L’Oréal portfolio of brands, ahead. We promise they’re nothing like sandpaper.
1. L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser
Surely, you’re aware that clay masks are all the rage, but what about a clay cleanser? Trust us, you want to get as much clay into your skin care routine as possible. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser packs a lot of punch, by going beyond daily cleansing to exfoliate and unclog pores for skin that feels smoother. Once a day, you’ll squeeze the product into your hands and add water to watch is transform from a clay to a mousse texture. Then, gently massage the product onto your face using circular motions to exfoliate. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry! Not only will your skin be purified of dirt, oil, and pollution, but it’ll feel smoother too. Go ahead and check cleansing and exfoliating off your to-do list.
2. La Roche-Posay Ultra-Fine Scrub
Sometimes it’s nice if a product tells you everything you need to know right in its name. No flipping the bottle back and forth trying to figure out if it might be what you’re looking for. That’s exactly why you’ll be a fan of the La Roche-Posay Ultra-Fine Scrub. You start to wonder if the texture will be rough and gritty, and then your question is answered before you even have the chance to ask. Of course it’s not, after all, it’s an ultra-fine scrub. Formulated with Thermal Spring Water, the scrub is even gentle enough for sensitive skin, helping to smooth and purify skin. To use, splash some water on your face, then apply the scrub to wet skin. Gently massage it in, before rinsing thoroughly with water. Don’t you just love the lack of guesswork?
La Roche-Posay Ultra-Fine Scrub, $17.99 MSRP
3. Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub
Wouldn’t it be nice if you were always completing your skin care routine while on a tropical vacation? Yeah, we agree. Unfortunately—and much to our disdain—that isn’t possible for most of us. The closest we can get is using skin care products that take us to tropical places is via their scent. The Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub does exactly that. Formulated with real fruit extracts, the unique scrub and natural exfoliator is suitable for all skin types and utilizes finely ground (aka far from sand paper-esque) scrub grains to help exfoliate ever so gently. When you’re ready to exfoliate, dab a small amount of the scrub onto clean, damp skin and gently massage in upward circular motions, concentrating on the T-zone area. Remove using a lukewarm facial cloth or sponge. Then it’s back to real life.
Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, $28 MSRP
4. Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Invigorating Daily Scrub
Determining if a scrub is going to feel reminiscent of sandpaper can require a bit of detective work. There are clues to be sleuthed out. If the scrub has the word “daily” written on the pack, that can be a clue that it’s gentle enough to be used on the regular. The Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Invigorating Daily Scrub is a prime example. The gel scrub—formulated with jojoba beads and peppermint—deeply cleanses, while pampering skin with kindness—i.e. gently. There you go, case closed!
5. SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator
You didn’t think the only way to exfoliate was with a face scrub, now did you? If the texture of your traditional exfoliator is a turn off, go ahead and use a chemical exfoliator. Powered by AHAs, BHA, and enzymes to chemically break down surface buildup, chemical exfoliating can help slough away dead skin cells without that grainy feeling.
If you’re new to using anything but a physical exfoliator, give the SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator a try. The bi-functional serum promotes exfoliation and provides hydration to visibly diminish surface lines and transform skin into a smoother, softer, more radiant complexion. Twice a day, go ahead and apply 4-6 drops directly to your face, neck, and chest. Then follow with SPF to ensure sun safety, since sun sensitivity may be increased with use of the product.
SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator, $80 MSRP
Now that you have your exfoliator in tow, it's time to get down to business. We're sharing a step-by-step guide to facial exfoliation, here!