The Best Exfoliators For Skin Over 50

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It’s no secret that exfoliation—the act of polishing away dull, dead skin cells that contribute to a lackluster, ruddy appearance—is the key to younger, brighter, glowing skin. But the formulas that may have worked for your skin in your thirties and forties might not be playing well with your current skin. Ahead, the best exfoliating products for skin over 50.

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A Daily Option

In order to see the best results with your actives, consistent use is key. Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels (30 for $88) make the daily practice easy via a two-step formula that’s available in sensitive to extra strength potencies.

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The Blackhead Buster

If blackheads are a persistent issue for you, Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid Exfoliant ($34) is a solid solution. Beloved for its gentle approach to clearing and preventing blemishes and blackheads, you’ll also notice smoother, more even-toned skin with continued use.

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A Supercharged Cleanser

The easiest way to fold in an extra exfoliating layer is with a wash such as SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser ($48). A blend of lactic, glycolic, malic and citric acids combine to form a powerful yet gentle-to-skin cleanser that helps retexturize rough skin over time.

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The Gold Standard

From refining the look of pores, ironing out lines and wrinkles and busting blemishes, the powers of exfoliating retinol can’t be matched. SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream ($92) is a derm-approved favorite we also can’t get enough of.

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A Tailored Formula

La Mer The Replenishing Oil Exfoliator ($135) offers a customized approach to your exfoliating routine. Apply the formula as-is to the skin for a more powerful polish, or add water for a milky cleanse when skin is feeling a bit more sensitive.

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Sensitive Skin–Approved

A saving grace for compromised or ultra-sensitive skin, the calming, powder-to-foam Dermalogica Daily Milkfoliant Exfoliator ($64) offers up a mild blend of AHAs, BHAs, and hyaluronic acid for a smoother look sans any redness.

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