I'll admit that I'm starting to get a little bit obsessed with exfoliators as of late and I'm especially interested in the really gritty ones. So when I found out about Bobbi Brown's Buffing Grains ($40), I just had to check it out. What makes this product unique is that it's a pure powder exfoliator, meaning it doesn't come mixed with any liquid, so you customize it and make it as smooth or as intense as you wish.
So before you start to think I'm a masochist who derives pleasure from scraping apart my face, let me explain. What I love most about this exfoliator is that no matter how much you apply to your face, the grains soften up and become less coarse in water. This way, you still feel them working but you'll never really scratch up your face unless you're scrubbing away like a madwoman.
The main ingredient is a ground bean called Japanese Adzuki, which helps to remove dead skin and encourage cell turnover. I found the grains to be slightly moisturizing and fragrance free — two especially positive qualities.
All you have to do is mix the buffing grains with water or your favorite cleanser and then gently massage it into your skin two to three times a week to create a soft, smooth, and glowing complexion. Another plus is the pour-top glass bottle that makes for easy and mess-free dispensing.