Not much, IMO. Ever since I was a kid scratching my skin off with way too much St. Ives Apricot Scrub, I’ve loved the feeling of getting my skin as clean as possible.
Of course, now we know it doesn’t have to be harsh to be effective, but I still get so much satisfaction from a good exfoliating scrub.
With winter trying it’s best to flake all my skin off, here are my favorite ways to take control of my exfoliating game and get that so fresh and so clean feeling today.
JUARA Radiance Enzyme Scrub
This one is by far my favorite. I’ve mentioned it before in an empties post, but it’s definitely worth bringing attention to again.
Nothing makes me happier than using this product in the morning and seeing how amazing my skin feels–and looks–after it works its magic. It’s my one holy grail product that I feel is a secret weapon and I would be heartbroken if it was ever discontinued. Sadly, at $38, it’s not cheap. I 100% think it’s worth the price, but there a few ways to get it for less. I get it through Birchbox so I can often get deals on it. It’s also available through Dermastore–and if you sign up for their e-newsletter–you get 20% off your first purchase. And randomly, it’s on Walmart’s website for $31.59–with only 7 left. It’s absolutely one of my top recommendations of any products I have in my vast and quite ridiculous array of potions and promises.
Dermalogica, Daily Microfoliant
This finely ground black powder is a wonderful second step after washing the makeup off your face at the end of the day. If feels like it’s getting your face next level clean and your serum or moisturizer just soaks in deeper. Pamela introduced me to this product and it’s a step that makes me actually WANT to wash my face at night. The full size is not cheap, but does last and last. It doesn’t take much powder to activate a soft scrubbing foam when you put it on your damp face. And it’s actually kinda fun to use–like a little mini-chemistry experiment! The full size is $55 at Ulta, but it’s a great pickup during one of their 20% off sales–or a perfect treat if you have gift cards to use. Dermastore has a fun trial pack with the Daily Microfoliant and Pamela’s favorite Precleanse Oil for $19–you could add this in your cart using your first purchase discount and give both a try. You can also order a trial size direct from dermalogica.com for $10, so lots of ways to this miracle product without breaking the bank.
Tarte, FRXXXTION Stick Exfoliating Cleanser
Yeah–this one is super weird–but very cool. It’s a stick that you just mark up all over your face and then rub it in. I got it through one of Tarte’s sales in a little kit that included a trial size, a sample of their Rainforest of the Sea cleanser and this super bizarre limp pink plastic face brush pad. I never figured out what that thing was about, but I fell hard for the exfoliating stick. It’s just really playful and gives good results. It’s also very travel friendly. I’ve since upgraded to a full size stick and I really like using it. At $22 for the full size, it’s a more cost-effective option than the earlier two and it’s incredibly convenient. Skip that goofy kit and for $12 more, just go with the full size and return it if it’s not for you–which you’ll know immediately! And Tarte also does a lot of discounts, if you subscribe to their e-newsletter.
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser
My mom has this one in the shower and I use it when I go home to Phillips. I find it has a nice feel–it strikes a good balance between being too harsh and too soft really well. And I always have good skin days on days that I use it. At $6.79, it’s also priced right.
These are my favorite ways to scrub my skin to satisfaction. Hopefully, you find one that gives you that same feeling of accomplishment.
There are so many others on the market–including Glossier’s new chemical exfoliating product, Solution–that I’m super curious about. Let us know which ones you love so we can add it to the mix!
All these products were paid for by me in my never-ending quest for perfect skin.