In our youth, skin cells turn over roughly every 28 days, so you're shedding old, dry cells, revealing fresh new ones. But as we get older, that process slows down, so your skin needs a helping hand to look fresher, brighter and more glowing. Here's where facial exfoliants come in – you'll really see and feel a difference using an exfoliant, plus your skincare products will work more effectively as they aren't battling through dry, old skin cells. I try and use a facial scrub regularly – and I can absolutely notice the difference.
There are two main types of exfoliants – grainy scrubs or liquid AHA's, and scrubs formulated for the face are far more refined and gentle than those designed to slough off dry skin on your body. Grainy scrubs work by literally buffing off dry skin. AHA's, or alpha hydroxy acids are in serums and lotions and work to break down the bonds between dead skin cells to lift them away and encourage cell turnover.
No microbeads in my shop
Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic used in products generally to exfoliate (think body scrubs, toothpaste, and yes, facial scrubs). They don't dissolve, and instead get into waterways where they can be ingested by marine life. I've never sold products with microbeads, and thankfully, they are being banned and phased out in Australia from July 2018. Most of our scrubs contain jojoba beads, which do a gentle but thorough job of exfoliating skin.
Favourite scrubs for sensitive skin
Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator
An ideal option for those with sensitive and easily irritated skin, including those with acne, redness or mild forms of eczema. The gentle, 'Micro-sphere' round beads roll over skin in gel form to lift dead skin cells and remove surface impurities. The extra-gentle formula uses Kukui plant and Jojoba Beads to help refine the skin for brighter looking skin without causing damage.
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Pearl Exfoliator
This hydrates skin as it exfoliates, with Jojoba Pearls, Pomegranate, Rose Damascena, Rose Oils and Alpine Rose Stem Cells this is ideal for adding to a weekly skincare routine.
Juniper Skincare Calming Facial Exfoliant
Ideal for those with sensitive skin, this product uses natural jojoba beads to gently buff away dead skin cells and promote cellular regeneration. Formulated with only certified organic and natural ingredients.
Favourite oily/combination skin scrubs
Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant
This is a gentle, but deep cleansing exfoliant that removes dead skin cells and may even encourage collagen production! Made with Jojoba Beads, Bamboo stem particles and bioactive native Australian alpha-hydroxy fruit acids work together to stimulate the complexion and promote a radiant, healthy looking glow.
Pollen Botanicals Honey & Sugar Scrub
Developed specifically to help control monthly breakouts, this scrub uses three active ingredients - Organic Raw Honey for its soothing and antibacterial properties, Organic Sugar which breaks down into fine particles to help remove dead skin cells that can block pores and Organic Kiwi & Papaya Fruit extracts for their natural fruit acid exfoliation benefits.
Acure Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub
Combining the skin-purifying properties of Moroccan Red Clay with the exfoliating properties of Black Jojoba Beads and the skin-rejuvenating properties of Argan Stem Cells, this suits all skin types, especially those prone to blackheads or acne.
Favourite scrubs for anti-ageing
The Vanessa Megan Prebiotic + C Brightening Exfoliator
This firms and brightens dull, mature skin - key ingredient Yogurtene®, is a skin-firming ingredient, while Grapefruit Extract is loaded with Vitamin C, which is praised for its ability to gently remove dead skin and can improve skin texture over time. Gentle enough for daily use, or for deep exfoliation as a weekly mask.
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub
Made with Sea Kelp and Chlorella, this effectively removes dead skin cells, dirt and oil and may restore cells by stimulating new cell growth with 1% Chlorella Growth Factor. These active ingredients work together to smooth and brighten your complexion.
Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
Collagen-boosting Lactic Acid may help to plump, exfoliate and moisturise skin and really works hard to iron out wrinkles and fine lines. It may also help to improve the skin's in-built moisturisation system, improve skin thickness and improve any UV damage. Super easy to use – apply with a cotton wool pad, no need to wash off.