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But while we might not be letting Kylie Skin's exfoliator near our precious complexions any time soon, the whole furore did remind us of just how satisfying a good old face scrub (as well as a body scrub) can be.
Good news then, that not all grainy physical exfoliators spell bad news for your skin. The trick is to steer away from anything with fruit or nut shells in (walnut and apricot are the key culprits), as these have jagged edges that cause tiny tears in your dermis, potentially leading to irritation and long-term skin-barrier damage.
Instead, look for exfoliators containing perfectly spherical particles (biodegradable jojoba beads and silica are common winners) which will gently clean clogged pores without snagging your skin.
One more thing: if you’re looking for an old favourite containing plastic microbeads, you’re not going to have much luck. These tiny beads previously played a starring role in many a face scrub, but they’re finally been banned in the UK due to their planet-polluting properties. Below, we’ve rounded up the eight best face scrubs to place your trust in now...
Dr. Goldfaden’s extra-rich scrub is the closest you’ll get to an in-salon microdermabrasion treatment at home. But first, a warning: this one is seriously heavy-duty, so apply with a light hand, and steer clear if you have very sensitive skin.
That said, if an extra-deep cleanse is what you’re after, nothing beats this creamy concoction. Ruby crystals work to reveal brighter, fresher skin, while hyaluronic acid and vegan squalane deliver lasting hydration.
Clinique's two-in-one cleanser and scrub contains spherical silica beads alongside beta-hydroxy salicylic acid, which works on a deeper level to sweep away spot-causing bacteria. A heavy dose of glycerin means it won't dry you out, either.
This ultra-gentle rice-powder exfoliant is a cult classic for a reason. Still one of the best face scrubs on the planet, it's supercharged with salicylic acid and rice enzymes to make dead skin cells and congestion a thing of the past.
Liberty's latest beauty find is a real winner. Designed to diminish the damaging effects of pollution, Skin Regimen's Enzymatic Powder transforms into an airy foam once mixed with water, and works to brighten skin without harsh abrasion.
Not just a pretty bottle, this powerful formula is enriched with calming chlorella, enzymes and gentle rice starch to ensure you won't emerge from the bathroom red-faced.
This hard-working face scrub combines both physical and chemical exfoliators to deliver cleaner, brighter skin in a matter of minutes. Jojoba beads provide a gently gritty texture, while a combination of resurfacing acids melts away deep-seated grime and dead skin cells. If you're after a quick fix, this is the one for you – the resultant glow is unbelievable.
This luxurious Elemis offering looks like jam, but works like the brightening exfoliator of your very dreams.
It contains blackcurrant pulp which provides the (very gentle) physical scrub, as well as oil from the seeds for intense hydration. Leave it on while you’re parked in front of Netflix – it doubles up as a great mask, too.
Irene Forte's new made-in-Sicily skincare line delivers the perfect balance of spa vibes and real results. This jam-textured formula contains plant enzymes to lightly resurface dead skin cells, alongside apricot seed powder and aloe juice. If spa-like scents are your thing, you'll be obsessed.
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Part exfoliator, part mask, Filorga's brand-new drop is a real hard-worker. It contains a super-high level of niacinamide, which works to brighten and clarify polluted skin, as well as carbon and polyphenols for a serious pore detox. Leave it on for ten minutes to see maximum skin-clearing benefits.
Packed with super-fine silica particles, this powerful polisher will boost circulation while easing away dry, dead skin cells.
A rich balm-like texture and sweet almond oil base means it feels heavenly on dry skin.