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NewBeauty Awards: Skin Exfoliators

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BEST FACE SCRUB

Physical exfoliants can be intimidating, but after one buff of Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub ($75)—it was developed by a dermatologist to be gentle, yet a total workhorse—all anxieties will subside and it will be tough to stop touching your face.

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BEST EXFOLIATING TONER

Finally, an exfoliating toner that works for everyone, and we mean everyone: even those who have sensitive skin or are pregnant. Josh Rosebrook Daily Acid Toner ($29) resurfaces, softens and brightens with ease thanks to a balanced blend of acids and hydrators. We’d bathe in this stuff if we could.

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BEST DARK SPOT TREATMENT

Chock-full of buzzy brightener niacinamide— licorice root plays a supporting role—First Aid Beauty Niacinamide Dark Spot Serum ($42) sinks quickly into skin, helping to erase dark spots from the sun, aging, acne, and anything else.

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BEST RESURFACING SERUM

Brimming with 10-percent lactic acid, 11 skin-strengthening peptides and hydrating botanicals, Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum ($82) is like a HIIT workout for your skin: Two weeks in, everything looks a little bit firmer and smoother.

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BEST RETINOL NIGHT CREAM

Dermatologists routinely rank skinbetter science AlphaRet Overnight Cream ($125) at the top of their “favorite retinols” list because the results compare to tretinoin, but the addition of lactic acid and ceramides helps counteract irritation.

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BEST LIQUID RESURFACING PEEL

One dropper full of No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Peel 15% Glycolic Acid ($40) whips rough, dull skin into shape with a mix of glycolic acid and gluconolactone. Apply a thin layer, enjoy the gentle tingle, rinse after five minutes, and then admire your tighter pores.

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BEST MATTIFYING TONER

Swipe on the refreshing, salicylic and alphahydroxy acid–infused OleHenriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner ($29) to reduce unwanted shine and refine the appearance of large pores.

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BEST AT-HOME PEEL KIT

Want to play facialist at home? Glo Skin Beauty GlyPro AHA Resurfacing Peel Kit ($85) comes with everything you need—down to the cotton swabs and headband—to use it e ectively and safely, and the professional-level glycolic acid ignites a dramatic glow.

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BEST DAILY PEEL PADS

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone with good skin who doesn’t swear by the glowing-complexion consistency of Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel ($88), a must-add piece to any solid routine.

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BEST FACIAL IN A JAR

Alpyn Beauty Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel ($56) combines the powers of a mask, a peel and a scrub into one five-minute fix, and two star ingredients—wildcrafted salicylic acid and huckleberries— are sourced from founder Kendra Kolb Butler’s backyard in Jackson Hole.

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BEST WEEKLY PEEL PADS

It’s strong, it’s serious and it’s even suitable for sensitive skin types: Exuviance Pure Retinol Correcting Peel ($72) is a solid “take the doctor home” option for delivering the gold standard in active ingredients.

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