Physical Exfoliators That Don’t Ruin Your Skin

Not all scrubs will deal damage. Here's why you need the ones that work.

Physical exfoliators aren't always a popular choice when it comes to removing dead skin, due to the bad rep they've received in the past years. We uncover the reason behind this and share the ones we approve of.

Back in the day, physical exfoliators usually contained ground-up fruit pits, nut shells and/or microbeads. Nutshells are gritty, which can cause micro-tear, while we now know microbeads are actually tiny plastic spheres and environmentally unfriendly. Fast forward to today: the latest exfoliators are way gentler -- on your skin and conscience. The trick is not to scrub too hard and to use circular motions without adding pressure. But if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, they may be too abrasive and can cause further irritation.

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Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, RM382

Great for Anti-Ageing and Dry Skin

This dual-action exfoliator features both physical and enzymatic exfoliants (including lactic acid and fruit enzymes) to remove dead cells, in addition to counteracting dullness, dryness, and an uneven skin tone and texture, Soothing aloe vera, antibacterial honey and antioxidant vitamin E soften skin and calm any irritation. Last but not least, rosewood and cinnamon extract combine to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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