Exfoliation; Refresh and rejuvenate with our top picks

Wednesday 25th Nov 2020 |

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and impurities which can prevent breakouts. The process will also refine the top layers of skin shrinking the appearance of enlarged pores. This gives the skin a healthy, radiant glow.

Most experts advise exfoliation treatments a couple of times per week allowing your other skincare products to penetrate deeper meaning they become more effective.

Check out our top skin exfoliation products to help restore a youthful glow and refresh your skin.

Satin Facial Scrub Mint

Young Living’s Satin Facial Scrub™ Mint is an advanced cleansing formula designed for all skin types. It cleans, provides key nutrients and stimulates without damaging the skin’s natural pH balance. Safe, oil enriched ingredients help to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin for a fresher, smoother appearance and the invigorating scent of mint gives you an extra boost of freshness.

The Satin Facial Scrub contains jojoba wax beads providing a gentle exfoliating action that does not irritate sensitive skin, unlike other harsh scrubs or chemical-based exfoliators. The jojoba wax beads have been combined with MSM, vitamins and other botanical extracts to provide an advanced facial scrub suitable for all skin types and sensitivities.

Lily & Loaf’s Luminescent Face Polish, RRP £19.95.

A natural, gentle exfoliator made with volcanic rock and crushed walnut to reveal a gorgeous glow. We understand time is of the essence in the morning but with this multitasking miracle on your side to unclog pores, reduce the signs of ageing, soften and brighten your skin, there’s no excuse not to exfoliate. Switch up your skincare routine to include Lily & Loaf’s vegan-friendly Luminescent Face Polish to be kinder to the planet and yourself as you catch up on those z’s.

MONAT Berry Refined Scrub – £54 – vegan and cruelty free – available online at www.monatglobal.com/uk

A 2-in-1 exfoliator mask that gently buffs and removes dead skin cells with the help of natural fruit acids of an AHA blend of Glycolic Acid, Citric Acid, Mandelic Acid and Lactic Acid. Antioxidant-rich cranberry seed works together with REJUVENIQE S™ and nourishing botanicals bayberry wax and murumuru butter for even-toned, fresh-faced, glowing skin.

SO…? SNS Say No More Lip Pout – £3.99- exclusively available from www.superdrug.com – cruelty free

A gentle exfoliating lip scrub enriched with Jojoba Seed Oil for softer and smoother lips.

Peel and Reveal: Radiance boosting micro-peel from award winning skincare brand 

Resurface & Radiance Hydro-Lipids Micro Peel 

When suffering from congested skin and the dreaded winter breakouts, gentle exfoliation is your best friend. With harsh, grainy scrubs and microbeads thankfully becoming a thing of the past, delicate peels are getting the recognition they deserve. Gently melting away skin cells to reveal, smooth baby soft skin is the aim of these powerful, yet non-abrasive formulas. 001 Skincare have just launched a pioneering collection of targeted acne products, their Resurface and Radiance Hydro-Lipids Micro Peel promises to brighten, moisturise and nourish. 

This resurfacing peel is rich in antioxidants and fruit enzymes to refine pores, balance sebum production and brighten your complexion. Mango and Pineapple enzymes provide delicate exfoliation, dissolve excess sebum and aids glow and radiance, without irritating your skin or compromising it’s natural moisture. Wonder ingredient CICA goes into this formula and promises to stimulate collagen production, minimise appearance of acne scarring and wrinkles and heal active breakouts. Whilst soothing Aloe aids moisture and soothes reddened skin, Oat Lipids add a hefty dose of hydration to your complexion. The heady, full bodied aroma of fresh Lime and Basil works to ward off skin irritations and balance sebum on the skin. 

Tropic Clear Skies Cleansing Powder, £18

Prepare to take your cleansing routine to the next level with this dermatologically tested, water-activated cleansing powder. Formulated with combination, oily and blemish-prone skin in mind, Clear Skies can be used on its own or as a second cleanse after makeup removal to leave your skin feeling super clean and refreshed. Clinically proven to:

  • Reduce blocked pores and the appearance of enlarged pores by 35% after one use and a further 25% after seven days of continued use
  • Reduce excess sebum on the skin by 81% after one use and 46.15% after seven days of continued use
  • Improve skin clarity and brightness by 46% after one week of continued use
  • Increase skin’s moisture levels by 25% after seven days of use

Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk, £25.50

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Our Soothing Cleansing Milk is a basic skin care product that is recommended for use as a gentle cleanser in the morning and evening. Anthyllis, jojoba and almond oil gently cleanse and maintain the skin’s naturally protective acid mantle.

3INA The Yellow Oil Cleanser, £19.95

Rich in oils like avocado, sweet almond, sunflower and rice THE YELLOW OIL CLEANSER is the perfect first step for your double cleanser routine. This will help removing makeup providing a comfortable effect.

Ethique’s Gingersnap Face Scrub

Made with Fair Trade brown sugar, ginger and a hint of cinnamon, Ethique’s Gingersnap Face Scrub bar gently buffs away old skin cells and leaves a light layer of moisture behind. Perfect for all skin types and a great cleanser on its own – so you don’t need to use two products. Gingersnap comes in four ovals, which are perfect for exfoliating the face.

Along with all of Ethique’s products, Gingersnap is vegan friendly, cruelty free and made with high-quality, sustainable Fairtrade ingredients. What’s more, 20% of Ethique’s profits go to animal conservation charities.

Katherine Daniels Exfoliating Gel – £30/75ml

  • this nonabrasive, dual texture exfoliator dissolves dead skin cells with AHA’s from Red Algae to reveal luminosity without aggression
  • transforming from a gel to a silky oil, this salon strength exfoliator  is suitable for even the most delicate skin, leaving it soft, smooth, radiant and prepped for remaining skincare
  • Seaweed Extract (Laminaria Digitata) – healing, calming, soothing and regenerating
  • AHA from Red Algae – exfoliating and regenerating
  • to use: apply a thin layer over your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 5 minutes for the gel to melt into a silky oil. Gently massage with your fingertips in circular movements. Rinse thoroughly

Jane Scrivner Skinfoliate, £26/150ml

Gently exfoliate a season-long build-up of dead, dull skin cells that sit on the surface to reveal the fresh, dewy, radiant skin beneath and preparing your skin for your remaining skincare.

  • combines 100% natural phyto origin malic, lactic, salicylic, citric, tartaric and glycolic acids in a unique ‘staggered penetration’ blend to work on every level of skin exfoliation and stimulation for a clearer, fresher, smoother, brighter complexion 
  • formulated with English raw, organic apple cider vinegar with Mother ferment keeping the skin’s natural flora intact
  • this blend works to stimulate cell renewal, boost collagen and elastin synthesis, decongest and clear skin and reconfigure skin’s natural acid mantle to the ideal pH
  • start by using twice a week and then build to am & pm after cleansing. Drizzle a few drops onto a cotton wool pad and gently wipe over surface of face, neck and décolleté


  • Combines chemical and physical exfoliation
  • Ideal for the face and body
  • Soothes and calms

The advanced 2-in-1 formulation combines the benefits of a mild chemical peel and a mechanical micro exfoliator. Using Priori’s adaptive technology, this multitasking product delivers gentle but thorough exfoliation without damaging the skin, to leave complexion soft and smooth. The LCA complex helps to loosen dead surface cells, which are then buffed away by biodegradable beads. A blend of botanical extracts soothes and calms skin, and helps to prevent any post-treatment inflammation. Suitable for use on the face and body, this product is also perfect for pre-shave/pre-wax prep.

DERMAQUEST Algae Polishing Scrub | £29.00 | 

This algae polishing scrub utilizes jojoba beads in place of traditional plastic beads to remove excess skin cells through gentle physical exfoliation. it leaves the skin smooth and prepped for serums or advanced treatment products. Deeply hydrating, this scrub primes the skin for water absorption while relaxing algae extract soothes inflammation. Plastic-free and environmentally safe; algae polishing scrub provides gentle exfoliation, leaving skin smooth and primed for a serum!

DERMAQUEST DermaClear Pads | £32.00 | 

These clarifying pads help remove impurities and excess oil from your skin by exfoliating it with hero ingredient salicylic acid. The formula penetrates the skin, to reduce impactions and decongest clogged pores. The DermaClear pads are an effortless way to refresh and cleanse anywhere, anytime. Banish breakouts and temper acne with our cooling, exfoliating pads.

Ideal for acne prone and oily skin types, the pads are particularly effective in reducing inflammation in active lesions and neutralizing acne causing bacteria. Can be used on face, neck, chest, or back.


Purify and gently exfoliate your skin with this creamy pH-balanced cleanser, formulated to nurture your face with hydration and comfort. Charged with a powerful blend of hydrating active ingredients and the ultra-mild Polyhydroxy Therapy, the Resurfacing Facial Cleanser increases your skin’s moisture levels whilst helping to protect its natural barrier for skin that looks replenished, fresher and brighter.
Available from amerliorate.com

ESPA Refining Skin Polish £30 

A deeply cleansing, super-fine exfoliator that leaves skin feeling refined and smooth. Spherical Diatomaceous Earth exfoliates to help clear pores, lift impurities and balance uneven tone, while nourishing Rose Damascena and Shea Butter soften skin revealing a smooth and radiant complexion. Certified Organic. Certified Vegetarian.
Available from espaskincare.com

ESPA Optimal Skin Pro-Cleanser £32

Discover the route to radiant skin with this 3-in-1 skincare essential.  An effective gel cleanser, exfoliator and mask that will nourish, smooth and visibly brighten the complexion.Moringa Seed Extract, cleanses and removes make-up while gentle Jojoba Spheres and Pumpkin Enzymes buff away dull cells, revealing radiant glowing skin. Vegan friendly formula.
Available from espaskincare.com

RAWW Polish-ME Face Exfoliator

Banish stubborn, uneven texture and purify pores with the RAWW Polish-ME Face Exfoliator. The deliciously creamy facial exfoliator is charged with superfoods including WildBerry Harvest™ concentrate for maximum hydration. Refine and renergise your base with the anti-ageing power of Goji Berry and keep skin firm with the natural goodness of Coconut Water. Features gentle pumice exfoliator and is 100% Natural.

The INIKA Organic Phytofuse Renew Caviar Lime Exfoliator

The INIKA Organic Phytofuse Renew Caviar Lime Exfoliator features a 100% natural, clarifying formula that combines natural exfoliating particles and fruit AHA to effectively purify pores and remove dead skin cells for a clear, fresh and bright complexion. Smoothing natural Bamboo Stem and Pumice are micronised to provide physical exfoliation and improve skin texture while brightening natural Fruit Acids (AHA) of the native Australian Caviar Lime dissolves dead skin cells to help reveal renewed glowing skin.

Kiss the Moon GLOW After Dark Face Polish, £30.00

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Sleep inducing essential oils of orange, geranium, myrrh and litsea are blended with exfoliating sugar AHAs and skin softening mango butter to smooth skin and encourage cell renewal overnight. Made with 100% natural ingredients, this multi-tasking exfoliator will not only brighten your complexion, but your mood too. Apply to face once or twice a week as part of your night-time routine to restore life to tired skin.

Elixseri’s Opening Act

This fluid gel-serum, packed with natural resurfacing actives, is a powerful yet gentle exfoliator and the essential first step in any serious skin treatment system. Opening Act works while you sleep to remove dead cells, cellular debris and product build-up, helping all your other skin care products to work more effectively.

Your skin appears fresher, cleaner and smoother; complexion is more luminous and uniform; pores are tighter and oily shine disappears.

iS Clinical Tri-Active Exfoliant 

Anti-ageing, resurfacing and smoothing, iS Clinical’s Tri-Active Exfoliant, combines powerful botanical enzymes, salicylic acid and eco-friendly micro-beads to exfoliate skin using both physical and biochemical actions.

Dr Preema Vig, owner of Dr Preema London Clinic, says ‘This exfoliant is one of my favourites – It delivers amazing results and dramatically helps to smooth, brighten and soften your skin and instead of plastic micro-beads that are used in many face and body scrubs that have been proven to be harmful to aquatic animals, the iS Clinical Tri-Active Exfoliant contains eco-friendly micro beads.’

AlphaRet® Exfoliating Peel Pads

AlphaRet® Exfoliating Peel Pads use a patented, triple-acid (glycolic, lactic and salicylic) formulation, enhanced with patented retinoid, AlphaRet, exfoliates skin, leaving it smooth and bright.

Anna Baker, Cosmetic and Dermatology Nurse Practitioner says ‘I love these pads because they come individually wrapped for single use, which is a great feature to ensure they are free from bacteria, won’t dry out and they are also great for nights away without being too bulky.’

Obagi Nu-Derm 4 Exfoderm®

Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm® gently exfoliates to remove dulling impurities. This lightweight lotion helps resurface skin to remove dulling skin cells, revealing a brighter complexion.

Dr Pamela Benito, Facial Aesthetics Specialist says ‘Obagi Nu-Derm 4 Exfoderm® not only exfoliates the skin, it also has a rejuvenating formula that helps brighten the appearance of dark spots caused by sun damage, melasma, freckles and ageing.’

iS Clinical Warming Honey Cleanser

This rich, luxurious treatment cleanser with the purest raw honey, royal jelly, warms on application and imparts an extraordinary sensory experience, while effectively cleansing and gently exfoliating the skin. It leaves skin ultra-hydrated and moisturised while helping to re‑balance problematic skin types. Specially formulated with papaya enzymes and green tea extracts to further exfoliate and nourish, helping to leave the skin looking and feeling velvety smooth. RRP: £36.00

The Refreshing Scrub Mask

The Refreshing Scrub Mask, from award winning vegan skincare brand Jorgobe, is both an exfoliating scrub cream and a deep cleansing face mask in one product. Its multifunctional usage makes it easier to get rid of oily and blemished skin, by simplifying your skincare routine to one cleansing process only.  The unique formula is based on the very best of nature; black jojoba scrub beads that remove dead skin cells, oils and impurities, and apricot kernel oil and shea butter, which help protect your skin during peeling; leaving your skin clean, soft and refreshed with a cooling sensation.

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