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10 Best Face Exfoliators for Revealing Brighter, Smoother Skin

10 Best Face Exfoliators for Revealing Brighter, Smoother Skin
IMAGE Beauty Bar, Origins, Sephora
Choose the right one for you depending on your skin type!

Don't let dead skin cells get in the way of you achieving that glowing skin. Make sure you're exfoliating at least once a week, be it with a gentle scrub or an active ingredient that you swear by (acids are the bomb, FYI). But in case you don't have a holy grail exfoliator yet, we rounded up some of the best physical and chemical exfoliants in the market. We've got everything from pre-soaked pads, masks, to a product that'll cut your cleansing time in half. Check them out below!

Best Exfoliator Products for Face

1. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

Best for: Sensitive skin

These toner pads are pre-soaked with AHAs like glycolic and lactic acid that will help with uneven skin tone and texture. It's gentle enough to be used every day, but if you have sensitive skin, it's a convenient way to exfoliate a few times a week without causing irritation.

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FIRST AID BEAUTY Facial Radiance Pads, P804 (P28 pads),

2. Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

Best for: Dry skin

These pads combine physical and chemical exfoliation for instantly smoother skin. Each pre-soaked cotton has a textured side that serves as a manual exfoliator, so you're getting rid of patchy skin as you apply the solution formulated with AHAs (glycolic and lactic acid) and a wine-derived ingredient called resveratrol, which has skin-firming and antioxidant benefits.

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NEOGEN Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine, P1295, Beauty Bar

3. Dear Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish

Best for: Normal skin

If you love exfoliating the old-school way, a.k.a. with a face scrub, try this gentle, sugar-based product from Dear Klairs. Instead of creating microtears, the little sugar crystals in this scrub melt right off, gliding smoothly over the face with ingredients like shea butter so you end up with soft, supple skin.

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DEAR KLAIRS Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish, P1200, Watsons

4. Pixi Peel & Polish

Best for: Dry and flaky skin

Another manual and acid exfoliation combo we love is this enzyme peel from Pixi, which gets rid of dead skin with the help of lactic acid, papaya fruit extract, and gentle scrubbing beads. It works like a quick treatment mask—just leave it on your skin for two minutes to activate the ingredients and then wash it off! After that, your complexion will instantly feel smoother and less dull.


PIXI Peel & Polish, P1390, Beautymnl

5. Foreo Luna Mini 2

Best for: All skin types

Cleansing tools can help simplify your skincare routine by gently exfoliating your skin manually as you massage your face wash in. But if we had to choose one, we'll say go with the Foreo Luna Mini 2, since it's made of non-abrasive silicone that's less prone to bacteria buildup, and it produces pulsations that'll help you avoid overscrubbing.

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FOREO Luna Mini 2, P7538,

6. Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Best for: Congested skin

Don't have time to get a peel from your derm? The ExfoliKate is the next best thing. It contains lactic acid, fruit enzymes, and salicylic acid to smooth, brighten, and unclog pores, while natural silica exists to give you that satisfying scrub feeling.

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KATE SOMERVILLE Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, P4970,

7. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Best for: All skin types

The internet-famous vampire facial has found its match in this affordable acid peel from The Ordinary. Because aside from having that blood-like tint, this treatment has a high concentration of AHAs and BHAs for hard-hitting exfoliation that'll visibly improve both your skin tone and texture.

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THE ORDINARY AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, P700, Beautymnl

8. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores

Best for: Oily skin

Clay masks count as an exfoliator, regardless if they contain acids or scrubbing beads. This one from Origins, for one, has kaolin and bentonite clay that pull impurities from the skin to relieve clogged pores and prevent breakout. It's a great treat for your skin after a long day of being exposed to pollution or when you just feel like doing a quick detox!

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ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, P1250, Lazada

9. Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant

Best for: All skin types

This powder exfoliator is basically like an express clay mask. When you mix it with water, it turns into a paste that you can massage on your face like a cleanser. From there, the bits of charcoal powder will slough off dead skin and absorb toxins. Meanwhile, actives like malic acid and enzymes will chemically exfoliate and niaciamide, red algae, and tara fruit extract will boost your skin's protection against pollution.

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DERMALOGICA Daily Superfoliant, P3350, Rustan's

10. Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA

Best for: All skin types

Krave Beauty's Kale-Lalu-yAHA has all the qualities of an effective exfoliating toner. It has a high enough concentration of actives to make a difference (5.25% glycolic acid), comes in the right pH to activate the exfoliation process (3.5 to 4), and lastly, it has soothing and hydrating ingredients that can prevent irritation (aloe, hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5). The fact that it contains antixoidant-rich greens like kale, spinach, and parsley are but a bonus!

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KRAVE BEAUTY Kale-Lalu-yAHA, P1750, Go Bloom and Glow

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