It’s been a rough winter of cold, dry weather, and our skin is ready for some spring sunshine! Put your best face forward by using a gentle exfoliator and getting rid of makeup, dead skin cells, free radicals, and more. After a little scrub, your skin will be refreshed and glowing, and ready for the warmer season ahead. If you don’t have a reliable exfoliator amongst your skincare must-haves, then you need one pronto! Here are four of the best exfoliators to get your skin spring ready. —Jennifer Cox
The Body Shop’s Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Exfoliator ($19) is a bestseller for a reason! Not only does it give skin some much-needed, gentle exfoliation to make way for brighter looking skin, but it’s enriched with jojoba beads that act like soft little skin scrubbers made from biodegradable natural wax. They are hard-working without being harsh to your skin—they will help to rid your skin of stubborn dirt and grime for a refreshing deep-cleansed feeling.
The Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub from Laroche Posay ($18) is dermatologist-recommended, so you know it will be an effective exfoliator for all skin types. It gently purifies the skin by thoroughly cleansing and getting rid of pore-clogging residual makeup. Then, thanks to glycerine, this scrub offers a soothing, moisturized glow afterward for the fresh skin underneath.
You get everything for complete skincare in Clinique’s All About Clean 2-in-1 Cleansing + Exfoliating Jelly ($32). It is a gentle deep-cleaning jelly that contains effective salicylic acid, which unclogs pores and removes pollution and other impurities from your face and neck areas. Tiny bamboo beads also help to polish away dead cells. This dual superstar cleanser, which can be worked into a rich, foamy, easy-to-use lather, allows you to reveal a smoother, more refreshed complexion.
Inspired by professional microdermabrasion treatments is Goop’s GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator ($165, sold through Sephora). The dual-action microdermabrasion exfoliator delivers the benefits of both physical and chemical exfoliation, instantly polishing away roughness, smoothing uneven texture, and revealing healthy-looking skin. You will love the soft, air-whipped, almost marshmallow-like formula, which is densely packed with a blend of four powerful glow-inducing micro-exfoliating minerals (quartz, garnet, alumina, and silica). Plus it has glycolic acid to help sweep away dry, dead skin cells and refine the appearance of pores.