Yes, Scrubs! 11 Great Exfoliators for Every Skin Type
by Gwendolen Fairfax
Everybody needs a little help now and then, and our skin is no different. The process of dead skin cells falling off and being replaced happens naturally every day, but it’s a good idea to give it a hand by using an exfoliating scrub, whose gritty particles slough off old cells and bring your best and brightest skin to the surface.
Best for Everyday Cleansing: Bliss Fabulous Foaming Facial Wash
If a traditional scrub is too much to use every day, a mildly exfoliating cleanser can keep skin radiant and clear. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Facial Wash cleanses, exfoliates, and removes makeup.
Best Gentle Exfoliation: Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser
Sensitive skin needs exfoliating, too, and Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser softly sloughs away dead skin cells while protecting skin’s natural moisture balance.
Best Drugstore Deal: St. Ives Apricot Srub
St. Ives Apricot Scrub is as gentle on wallets as it is on skin. This classic scrub is a fine choice for all skin types.
Best for Dry Skin: Nature By Canus All Natural Hydrating Facial Scrub For Normal to Dry Skin
This facial scrub is hypo-allergenic—perfect for sensitive skin—and infused with acai berry to make this formula extra-hydrating for the driest of skin.
Best for Oily Skin: Korres Pomegranate Scrub
The pomegranate extract and ground olive stones in Korres Pomegranate Scrub help to balance skin and absorb excess oil.
Best for Acne: Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub
Biore Unclogging Scrub uses salicylic acid to clean out pores, removing blackheads, dirt, and oil.
Best Anti-Aging: Olay Total Effects Citrus Scrub
Olay Total Effects Citrus Scrub absorbs oil and exfoliates while fighting dullness, lines and wrinkles, and enlarged pores.
Best for Body: Origins Ginger Body Scrub
Whether you have body acne or just want to keep limbs polished, Origins Ginger Body Scrub removes dead cells with salt and ginger particles, and moisturizes with almond and kukui nut oils.
Best Combo: The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask
A little bit of The Body Shop’s scrub mask can be used as a light exfoliating cleanser, or it can be applied to the face as a soothing and pore-clearing mask.
Best Natural Product: Sam’s Natural Walnut Scrub
Sam’s Natural Walnut Scrub contains walnut husks and vitamin E to smooth and nourish skin. This product is gentle enough for everyday use and deserves bonus points for being made in the U.S.
Best for Lips: Fresh Sugar Lip Polish
Lips need special care to keep them smooth and comfortable. Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish protects against chapping and conditions with grapeseed oil and shea butter.