This time of year wreaks havoc on your skin. Stressing out over what to do for New Year’s, last minute gift decisions, combined with colder temps and drier air, plus the party season kicking into high gear take a toll on an otherwise smooth and toned complexion.
Going far beyond garden variety facial scrubs, this fresh crop of microbeads, gommages and super sloughing agents can reverse the signs of dull, dry and winter skin.
Malin+Goetz Jojoba Face Scrub is formulated with gentle jojoba meal to give the sensation of a good exfoliation but without irritation. When used with light pressure, itâ€™s ideal for sensitive skin. Cilantro is added to calm and amino acids hydrate. It can even be used as a daily cleanser and makeup remover. Talk about multi-tasking. $38
Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial is an exfoliating mask-like creation that encourages serious cell turnover. Dubbed a 5-minute facial, we love this bright blue formula that wakes up your skin for a brighter, more radiant and with a smoother than silk look and feel. $37.50
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion features diamond shaped magnesium oxide crystals that polish away dead skin cells and daily debris that tends to build up, leaving skin more radiant and feeling oh so smooth. The fresh scent has a hint of lemon. It’s an oldie but still a goodie. $78
ZOÂ® Medical VITASCRUBâ„¢ provides a unique dual exfoliation process of chemical exfoliants combined with micro beads and microsphere crystals to remove dead surface cells, excess oil and dirt, whiteheads and blackheads. A 12-hour multi-oxidant time-release complex also helps provide continuous antioxidant benefits against free radical damage for an extra boost of environmental protection. This is a medical grade skin scrub available only from physicians. $80
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating TreatmentÂ will polish your complexion with microbeads and fruit enzymes plus salicylic acid for serious pore purging. You will emerge with softer, brighter, glowier skin after just one treatment. Get the Luxury Size for best value and you’ll get hooked – $175
Natura Bisse NB Ceutical Tolerance Enzyme Peel is a gentle but surprisingly effective peel in a jar that was developed as a non-aggressive (granule-free) micro-exfoliation for even the most delicate skin types – or those women who believe they have sensitive skin. It is formulated with prickly pear and papaya extracts with chamomile and lots of other botanicals and good stuff for extra soothing benefits. This is a non-irritating formula. $150