Just like your hair experiences product buildup — so does your skin. Product buildup can result in dull, rough, congested skin, and blackheads. After a summer spent piling on BB creams, suncare, and self-tanning wonders, it’s time to get your skin in top condition to meet the cold, dry air of winter head on. For dry, thin skin, stick with more gentle exfoliants with even-sized microparticles without sharp edges that won’t cause irritation, and use less frequently. For thick, oily skin that needs extra help, you can bump it up a notch and exfoliate daily to weekly, depending on the product and your lifestyle.
These are our 6 best bets for polishing away dead cells to reveal smoother, softer, and more radiant complexion.
ZO® Medical Vitascrub ($80) -- An Aegean blue fine microbead scrub that contains lactic acid (AHA) and salicylic acid (BHA), polylactic acid, vitamins A, C and E, this beauty chemically exfoliates dead skin cells and fights free radicals to boot. Use daily for oily skin, and 2-3 times per week for normal to dry skin for a spa-like experience.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant ($78) -- Polish away dirt and pore clogging oil with this creamy high potency scrub containing pharmaceutical-grade crystals, lactic acid, jojoba, aloe vera, and chamomile.
Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub ($24) -- This is not for the weak at heart. A thick and robust face scrub, it contains walnut powder along with chamomile, aloe vera, and comfrey to energize the skin and soothe. Definitely not for daily use -- suggest once or twice weekly and best for young, acne prone skin types.
Rituals Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Cream ($22) -- Part of the Tao Ritual collection, this exfoliator has a rich and creamy texture plus Chinese Bamboo, this mild exfoliating formula gently removes dead skin cells, while boosting circulation.
Korres Wild Rose Daily Brightening Refining Buff Cleanser ($28) -- Lovely wild rose oil is the signature ingredient in this gentle cleansing scrub that is perfect to use in the shower daily.
Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin Scrub ($69) -- This C+C Vitamin Scrub helps to brighten skin and give it a boost of energy with a soul-inspiring light citrus fragrance.