Six Exfoliators For A Healthy, Brighter Complexion

Facial exfoliators are still considered the number one way to slough off dead skin and bring out a brighter, healthier-looking complexion. No longer formulated with thick, heavy-duty beads, today’s scrubs are not only gentler, but contain impressive ingredients and slicker textures for maximum glow and minimum irritation. Here we share six of our favourites, suitable for all…

No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Daily Face Polish, £7

Best For: Enlarged pores

Why It’s Popular: You can rely on No7 for gentle, non-abrasive formulas, and its latest exfoliator is no exception. Brimming with tiny particles, this creamy formula works fast to unclog pores of dirt and dead skin cells, leaving behind a noticeably smoother surface from first use. Thanks to the addition of nourishing red ginseng, any redness or inflammation is counteracted fast, while vitamin B5 strengthens the skin over time.

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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, £10

Best For: Congested skin

Why It’s Popular: There’s a reason this liquid exfoliant always receives such high praise. Thanks to salicylic acid, the fluid-like formula gets down deep into the dermis to remove dead skin cells swiftly, while its anti-inflammatory properties reduce breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads for a clearer complexion. Despite its potent ingredients, it’s gentle enough to be used daily post-cleanse. Sweep it over the entire face, including the eye area for the most radiant results.

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Summer Fridays Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution, £49

Best For: Uneven tone & texture

Why It’s Popular: Yes, this is an exfoliator, but it’s also a 3-in-1 overnight treatment that works hard to yield healthier, bouncier-looking skin – no wonder it’s so covetable. With 16% AHAs, a small amount triggers the skin’s natural resurfacing process. The results? Pores are clear and smooth, while skin has an even-toned appearance the next morning. You’ll notice dullness begins to retreat too. As it’s got a hefty dose of AHAs, it is worth building this one slowly into your regime – especially if you have sensitive skin. Begin by applying once or twice a week, then gradually start to use it daily.

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UpCircle Coffee Face Scrub, £12.95

Best For: Dry, tight skin

Why It’s Popular: Rich in hydrating essential oils, this one scrubs and refines skin without taking any moisture from it. Removing just the very top surface of dead, dull skin, it improves texture and tone while calming redness and inflammation. It’s great for spots and blackheads but also any white bumps (known as milia) that occur underneath or on top of the skin. Bonus points for the 100% vegan formula and the fully recyclable aluminium tube it comes in.

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Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub, £18

Best For: Glow & radiance

Why It’s Popular: Huda Kattan (founder of Huda Beauty) recently launched Wishful – a streamlined range of products that target specific concerns. Cue this clever scrub that’s kind to the skin, but effective enough to show results within days. Papaya and pineapple extracts get to work fading pigmentation and maximising clarity, while AHAs and BHAs melt away any glue that is binding dead cells to the skin’s surface. Regular use helps scarring too, providing you with more luminosity and a plumper-looking complexion.  

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YourGoodSkin Energising Facial Scrub, £4

Best For: Sensitive skin

Why It’s Popular: Loved by dermatologists and skincare experts alike, this affordable scrub sweeps away dirt and grime, allowing any products you apply straight after to really sink in and get to work. An infusion of skin-brightening vitamin C works to intensify the glow, while calming green tea provides thorough exfoliation without any irritation. What’s more, the exclusion of parabens, SLS and any fragrance means even those with a severe level of sensitivity can use it with confidence. Massage it in twice a week for best results.

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