Rid Skin of that Flaky Winter Pallor With These 5 Face Scrubs
Winter is the time for piling on the layers right? We pull on multiple cashmere jumpers, climb into giant teddy-bear coats, and wind cosy knitted scarves around our necks. But when it comes to skin, funnily enough, it's actually time to strip off. Thanks to a mixture of the colder weather (I mean, this week has been iiiiiiicy) and our dependency on harsh central heating, winter is a time where skin starts to dry out. Our skin gets a little lazy, and rather than constantly renewing itself, a buildup of dead, dull skin cells can soon start to appear at the surface. And that's what you're seeing when you look in the mirror and think, Wow, my skin looks pretty dull today.
There is an easy antidote, however, and that's to manually remove this cloak of dry, flaky skin to reveal the glowier complexion you thought you'd lost to the summer. The tool? A face scrub, aka a grainy gel or cream that will gnaw away at skin while increasing cell turnover and, in turn, boosting skin's radiance. But don't just scan the shelves for the word "scrub" and think you've hit the jackpot—you need something hard-hitting, and we can help with that.
Keep scrolling for the five very best face scrubs you can rely on to chip away at that layer of winter skin like nothing else.
Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant (£40)
It's quite likely you won't find a scrub that is scrubbier than this one. Confused? What we mean is that this face polish is so gritty that it really gets the job done. So much so that you can actually see the balls of dull grey skin cells peeling off the skin as you use it. Plus, it contains grapefruit, which really perks up the complexion. So satisfying and so effective.
Origins Modern Friction Exfoliator (£24)
Like a gentler form of the kind of microdermabrasion you'd usually only find in a dermatologist's office, this scrub harnesses tiny rice particles to buff the top layer of skin away. It also contains lemon oil, which brightens skin and also has this rather uncanny ability to make fine lines seem, well, finer, and pores seem smaller.
Peter Thomas Roth Blemish Buffing Beads (£37)
Acne suffers, seek solace in this skin-balancing face scrub. It doesn't just contain jojoba beads (which provide the mechanical exfoliation) but also a 1% hit of salicylic acid and a further 1% bump of glycolic acid, which will nibble away at the dead skin cells that are currently clinging on for dear life, ready to aggravate your acne. It sounds hardcore, but thankfully aloe vera and allantoin are on hand to soothe skin and make the whole process a lot more comfortable. Oh, and don't just stop on the face—it makes light work of a spotty back or bumpy bottom, too.
Bare Minerals Mix. Exfoliate. Smooth. Skin Polishing Grains (£18)
You can add these handy grains to practically anything (cream cleanser, oil cleanser, moisturiser, and so on) for when skin needs a little hit of exfoliation. Mineral sea salts are the dry skin–repelling weapon of choice, as they'll not only refine skin's texture but also help draw out all the gunk lying in your pores.
YourGoodSkin Energizing Facial Scrub (£5)
If you haven't heard of YourGoodSkin yet, you're going to want to read our review of the brand's rather incredible Balancing Skin Concentrate (£17). And then turn your attention to this other hero: It contains not even a whiff of a paraben, SLS or irritating fragrance, but instead uses green tea and vitamin C to awaken tired skin while it buffs.
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