Everything you Need to Know About Exfoliating

By Tara Thompson Rasmus
All Bright Face Wipes from Botanics Beauty

Looking for a fresh start? When the dead of winter starts to make us feel a bit, well, lifeless, it can be hard to find ways to breathe life into your skin. The best approach to smoothing, refreshing, and rejuvenating your skin—and who couldn’t use some of those three things right about now?—is to find the perfect exfoliation product that almost literally gives you a new complexion by removing dead skin cells, leaving behind a smooth, glowing complexion. Of course, there are a million ways to get your slough on, so I highlighted a few of the best new products that will revitalize your winter skin without risk of irritation. Pick the one that’s best for your skin type, and get ready to glow!



Caudalíe Gentle Buffing Cream

Perfect for super-sensitive and/or dry skin, this sloughed gently eliminates dead skin whole leaving behind grape oil and acaca honey to nourish.

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Exfoliating powders are a newer trend in the scrub category, but these water-activated newbies certainly deserve some space in your medicine cabinet. This enzyme powder gently polishes skin and helps with everything from uneven skin tone to acne breakouts—plus, the powder formula is TSA-friendly for travel!

boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel

An exfoliating peel gel? I know it sounds crazy, but I promise it isn’t. Simply apply this gel to dry skin and watch it gently peel away dead skin and rinse—it’ll leave behind smoother, more even skin immediately, and help to firm and brighten skin over time.

Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant

Why should your lips get all the fun? This sugar scrub with pure maracuja oil gently but thoroughly removes flakes, so that your lips are primed and prepped for balm and lipstick.

Foreo LUNA 2

I never thought I was a “skin device” person, until I tried the Foreo Luna—I love how this nifty little tool (made of antimicrobial silicone) massages dead skin cells away and cleanses deep down into every pore.

S.W. Basics Body Scrub

For head-to-toe smoothing, this three-ingredient sugar scrub by S.W. Basics is totally clutch. This delicious mix of sugar, olive oil, and shredded coconut (doesn’t that sound like the ingredients for a yummy baked good?) treats scales and flakes with zero chemicals or toxins.

Mio Body Brush

One of the latest trends in body care is dry brushing; brushing your dry limbs with a body brush is thought to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage while also leaving your skin smooth and silky. This hand-held, natural boar bristle brush makes it easy to massage and scrub away dead skin, while rubber nodules help to massage and rejuvenate.