5 of the Best Facial Scrubs for Smooth and Soft Skin

Face scrubs are probably the most satisfying products to use in one’s skincare routine. After rinsing, your face instantly looks luminous, like you’ve just slathered on a hydrating serum. However, over-exfoliation comes with risks.

To avoid damaging the skin’s natural protective barrier and removing the essential oils necessary for skin health, it’s important that you don’t exfoliate too frequently or scrub your face too harshly. We advise starting slow and building up to a frequency of no more than once a week, or up to twice a week if your skin can withstand it. In order to maintain smooth and soft skin, you should always make sure that you moisturize after exfoliation.

To ensure you are using face scrubs in a safe manner, choose a formula that best suits your skin type. Apply the product gently in a circular motion and rinse after 30 seconds. If your skin is damaged, take a break from face scrubs.

Keep reading for five facial scrubs suitable for different skin types.

For daily use: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator

Dermalogica‘s Daily Microfoliant is a cult favorite. The exfoliant comes equipped with a combo of licorice, grapefruit and salicylic acid that can help exfoliate and decongest pores while also balancing out redness.

For dry skin: Dr. Barbara Sturm Facial Scrub

Dr. Barbara Sturm‘s Facial Scrub targets breakouts, removes flakiness and hydrates dry skin. Packed with antioxidants such as jojoba oil, shea butter and silk extract, the formula aims to conquer any possible irritation while making dull, dry skin a thing of the past.

For oily skin: SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub 

The SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub is a gentle exfoliant that is great for sensitive skin. The scrub contains a a special mineral called hydrated silica, which helps remove dead skin in the least aggressive way, leaving your skin refined and new.

For oily skin: Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant

Fresh‘s clay-based face scrub dissolves dead skin cells with fine bamboo and olive exfoliants. This formula is designed to refine skin texture, minimize pores and mattify, meaning that your shiny T-zone will be no more. With the product’s star proprietary ingredient being Umbrian clay, your skin will feel balanced and clarified after exfoliating.

For acne-prone skin: Versed Day Maker Microcrystal Exfoliator

In lieu of microbeads, Versed’s Day Maker Microcrystal Exfoliator features a superfine microcrystalline that is 100% plant-based, biodegradable. This product is perfect for those with breakout-prone skin, who may be looking for a gentle exfoliating cleanser to achieve smoother, softer skin.

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