The 13 Best Exfoliators That Leave You Glowing
A high-powered skin care regimen can only do so much if a layer of dull, dead skin is blocking the formulas from getting to work on your complexion. A no-joke exfoliator is a non-negotiable in any routine (there's one for every skin type) to dissolve the dullness and let your products do their best work. Here, 13 we can't get enough of for radiant skin—no highlighter necessary.
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Garnier enters the vegan beauty scene with this matcha green tea–powered scrub (99 percent of the entire formula is derived from natural ingredients, meaning it’s free of things like microbeads and dyes) to decongest all skin types without harsh abrasives or chemicals.
Tula Dual-Phase Skin Reviving Treatment Pads ($59 for 16 pads)
These finger-size treatment pads feature two different sides to deliver a travel-friendly skin treatment in a matter of minutes. One side is infused with a serum that’s packed with a probiotic and lactic acid cocktail, papaya fruit extract and witch hazel; the other side is textured to exfoliate and massage the formula into the skin.
A cult-classic in every sense of the word—if you ask 10 skin care gurus what their go-to exfoliator is, at least two are bound to rattle this name off—this spa-inspired scrub (the scent is to die for) utilizes lactic acid and fruit enzymes to work double time and reveal softer, brighter-looking skin in two minutes flat.
Consider these pads the gold standard of multitasking products: One side features exfoliating beads and a balancing toner to promote circulation, remove dead skin and refine pores in one swipe; the other is drenched with a serum, plumping moisturizer and leave-on mask cocktail for smooth, glowing skin before you’ve even had time for your first cup of coffee.
Crafted with clay to battle a stubborn T-zone, as well as mandelic acid and natural enzymes for an advanced exfoliation, this all-inclusive treatment checks all of the required boxes for better-looking skin.
The brainchild of two former La Prairie execs, this edited lineup of natural products is just as effective as it is pretty. Case in point: the exfoliator, which harnesses the power of pineapple and raspberry extracts to purge dead skin cells without irritating your complexion.
Second only to water, glycolic acid is the top ingredient in this lightweight, gel lotion (translation: it’s powerful, but a great choice for skin that’s easily irritated) that’s safe for a.m. and p.m. use to remove dull, dead skin and replace it with radiance.
When time is of the essence, reach for this five-minute mask packed with jojoba pearls to slough away flaky skin and lemon peel to brighten any dullness.
Tammy Fender Epi-Peel ($80)
Peppered with oats and lemon peel, this thick white paste feels like a scrub, but dries down to a mask in five minutes. Once you wash it off, you’ll notice instant softness and radiance without any redness or stinging.