27 of the Very Best Exfoliators From Sephora to Get Your Face Clean and Glowing
Social distancing at home is no excuse to neglect your skin. Even if you're wearing less makeup these days, your face is likely drier than ever. But staying inside for the foreseeable future makes now the best time to try out a new peel, settle in for some self-care with your favorite face mask, or try out those not-so-pretty treatments on your list.
No matter how you're spending your time, one thing that's always important is washing your face, and it's still just as key to periodically exfoliate with a deep cleaning, too. After all, while baking bread, bingeing Netflix, working out, or doing whatever is keeping you sane right now, dirt, dead skin cells, excess sebum, and other impurities you don't want anywhere near your face . . . are there getting cozy. It's time to watch that stuff go right down the drain (like the hours lost to Tiger King and bread that never rose).
These face exfoliators have all earned at least four stars or more on Sephora's website. Some offer chemical exfoliation (with AHAs and BHAs), many use eco-friendly beads or powder to physically polish away the bad, and others do both. Find the top-rated face exfoliators according to Sephora shoppers ahead. (And, hey, you just may want to take a mirror selfie afterward to show off your results.)
Kiehl's Since 1851 Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion
Refine and smooth skin's surface with this Kiehl's Since 1851 Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion ($41). Not only does it visibly reduce dark spots on the face, the retexturizing process means any serums that follow absorb even better, too.
Drunk Elephant JuJu Exfoliating Bar
This Drunk Elephant JuJu Exfoliating Bar ($28) earns especially high marks from Sephora shoppers with sensitive skin as the fragrance- and soap-free bar uses natural ingredients like thermal mud and bamboo powder to wash away skin's impurities and minimize the look of pores.
Fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Exfoliator
This Fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Exfoliator ($33) uses an anti-inflammatory, absorbent clay from Italy to soak up toxins and soothe breakouts or other irritations. Plus, the polish face cleanser has 4.7 stars and more than 24,000 loves from other Sephora shoppers thus far.
Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Exfoliating Powder Cleanser
Racking up more than 1,000 five-star reviews, this brightening Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Exfoliating Powder Cleanser ($22-$60) uses papaya- and green tea-derived enzymes to gently turn over dead skin cells (and is gentle enough to apply daily).
Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder
Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder ($65) is a top-rated, water-activated exfoliant that comes in four different types: Classic (that nourishes with crushed pearls), Deep (with wild rose and lily to clarify skin), Gentle (that also moisturizes dry spots with licorice root), and Indigo (which uses indigo to soothe sensitive skin).
Wishful Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub
You have papaya and pineapple to thank for your soon-to-be radiant glow, as both fruits smooth skin as they exfoliate with this Wishful Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub ($21-$39). There are also BHAs and AHAs to reduce the look of dark spots and uneven texture — and the new scrub already has more than 26,000 loves from other shoppers.
Tarte Sea Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser
The Tarte Sea Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser ($22) is a twist-up stick that scrubs away dull, dead skin with fossilized sea algae, but can also be used as a regular cleanser or a mask to purify pores and leave skin illuminated.
Tata Harper Regenerating Exfoliating Cleanser
Tata Harper Regenerating Exfoliating Cleanser ($42-$84) buffs skin with apricot powder, detoxifying French pink clay, and a clearing, natural BHA from white willow bark extract.
Lancer Skincare The Method: Polish Normal-Combination Skin
Lancer Skincare The Method: Polish Normal-Combination Skin ($75-$115) gently exfoliates with pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes while minerals like natural quartz tackle dead cells and dirt on skin's surface.
Fresh Sugar Face Polish Exfoliator
Natural humectant brown sugar and the vitamin C-rich wild strawberries in this top-rated Fresh Sugar Face Polish Exfoliator ($25-$62) buff and brighten your complexion, while grapeseed and plum seed oils seep in to leave skin soft and well-hydrated.
Kenzoki Amazing Exfoliating Water
This Kenzoki Amazing Exfoliating Water ($29) doesn't use any beads or powder (or additional water!) to exfoliate skin. Instead, it's wiped on with a pad, so the lemon and ginger can tackle dead cells and other impurities, while its other plant-based ingredients work like a toner to clarify your complexion.
Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser
Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser ($21) uses energizing coffee beans and ginseng to bring back skin's radiance, plus there's jojoba and wax to help unclog pores to leave skin smoother — and other Sephora shoppers give it top marks for doing just this.
Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
The top-rated Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser ($40) features salicylic, lactic, and glycolic acids to strip away dead cells while moisturizing agent sodium PCA ensures skin stays hydrated, its texture revitalized, and its barrier strong.
Olehenriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub
This spa-inspired Olehenriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub ($28) warms your skin as its rubbed on (and the exfoliating AHAs do their job) but then finishes cool (thanks to eucalyptus and peppermint also inside).
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment ($24-$85) features lactic and salicylic acids (plus silica) to manually buff away dead skin cells but then adds in fruit enzymes (and moisturizing honey) to enhance skin's exfoliation without drying it out. (Plus, there are more than 58,000 loves from other shoppers.)
Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser
This Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser ($20) does just that as papaya extract works to chemically brighten skin while natural silica and bamboo beads physically rub away dirt and dead skin cells at the same time.
Goop Goopglow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
The new, well-reviewed Goop Goopglow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator ($42) is a whipped cleanser that buffs away dull, dead skin with quartz and garnet and also also brightens skin thanks to Australian kakadu plum, with 100 times more vitamin C than oranges.
Origins Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion
The Origins Modern Friction Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion ($42) uses rice starch in a smooth cream to polish away flaky patches, but there's aloe already inside to immediately protect against any subsequent irritation or redness, especially in those with sensitive skin.
Dior Hydra Life Time to Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder
This Dior Hydra Life Time to Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder ($45) can help remove makeup and give skin a gentle polish as there's sugar and lotus seeds in the foam to clarify skin's texture and tone.
Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub
Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub ($26) is rich in rejuvenating plant extracts like coconut, ginger, green tea, and ginkgo, plus there are seeds from Ecuadorian ivory palm to polish away any roughness or dullness.
Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator
This top-rated Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator ($58) targets pores in particular with teeny aluminum oxide crystals to unclog them, lentil seed extract to refine their appearance,
and exfoliating caviar lime extract to chemically smooth all over.