Ask Belle: Non-Drying Exfoliants
Jan 4, 2017
I recently had my make-up proffessionally applied before a formal event. The attendant asked if I used an exfoliant – and we both knew the answer was no. Do you have any recommendations for a good exfoliant that won’t over dry my skin? Thank you, Rachel
A good exfoliant really is a lifesaver. Exfoliating benefits oily skin by removing dead skin and keeping pores clear. Dry skin will respond better to moisturizing. Dull skin will be brightened. But not every skin type needs the same type of exfoliation.
Dry Skin. If you need something gentle, Simple makes a smoothing facial scrub that’s easy on dry skin and just $5. Kate Sommerville also makes a gentle exfoliator that people rave about.
Oily/Combination Skin. This is my skin type, and without question, my favorite exfoliators contain charcoal, silt and other oil-absorbing ingredients. A good mask will also exfoliate your skin. Origins makes a great charcoal mask. I also like Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay for an affordable option; you mix the powder with apple cider vinegar.
Dullness requires a great scrub like Ole Henriksen Truth Scrub. It’s loaded with Vitamin-C and other brighteners. For something a bit cheaper, I had a sample of Clean & Clear’s Morning Burst Scrub, and it was surprisingly great for the price.
Other Options. For some women, scrubs and masks provide too much exfoliation. If that’s the trouble you face, I recommend a toner like Clinique Clarifying Lotion. It comes in multiple strengths and removes dead skin cells and excess oil like a champ.
Manual exfoliation is also an option. The Clarisonic devices is the strangest competitor in the field. However, my aging skin needs something less harsh, so I use the Foreo Luna device.
Please leave other recommendations in the comments. Products you’ve loved, products you’ve disliked.