The benefits of exfoliating have long been debated, however, it’s all about charting a regimen with products tailored to your skin type and its needs. You need to exfoliate your skin, unless you have a severe skin condition and have been advised otherwise by your dermatologist. Another thing to keep in mind is to find a gentle exfoliant that won’t cause redness or inflammation.
No matter how careful you are when choosing an exfoliant, it can have a few side effects such as redness and irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. Even with combination skin types, because some parts of the face are dry, exfoliation can cause skin to become flaky and irritated. No matter which product you choose, no product is gentle enough for daily use and therefore, don’t exfoliate your skin more than once a week. While chemical exfoliation is preferred over physical exfoliation to avoid friction inflammation, we’ve found three exfoliants suitable for all skin types.
Best Overall: Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub
As the skincare line of beauty blogger, Huda Kattan, this scrub is a definite must-try, especially if you have sensitive skin. It doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils, gives an instant glow and also helps treat uneven skin tone. It’s infused with pineapple and papaya extracts, along with AHAs and BHAs to help give skin a healthy glow. If you don’t want to invest in a full size tube, go for its mini variant to check it out and experiment.
Best Splurge: Pixi Peel & Polish Resurfacing Concentrate
With extracts of papaya, sugarcane and lactic acid, it makes for an effective exfoliating blend. As the name suggests, it helps to resurface and leave skin smoother and healthier. While fruit extracts help remove dead skin, lactic acid gently exfoliates and sugarcane aids in skin shine. Suitable for all skin types, this is a must try if you want to invest.
Best Budget: Regular AHA 30% + BHA 2% Exfoliating Solution
It is not available in India so far but there are reliable platforms that offer The Ordinary products in India. The original price is under Rs 1000 and even if you add the shipping and customization fees, it will still be cheaper than most of the luxury brands available in India. If the solution is right for your skin, it will transform it. A hit product, this is a product worth advertising; However, a patch test is recommended. Pro tip, always order more than three products when shopping from an international e-commerce platform to save on shipping costs and customs duties.
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