6 effective ways to exfoliate your face

6 effective ways to exfoliate your face

Do you cleanse, tone and moisturise twice daily? Excellent! But to keep your skin healthy, radiant and looking its best, you also need to exfoliate.

Why? Because as your skin cells renew, old, dead skin cells sit on your skin, leaving it looking dry, dull and flaky – ick! Oh, and dead cells also have a nasty habit of blocking pores and causing oil build-up, so make it part of your routine to give your face a good ol’ scrub once or twice a week and you’ll be rewarded with a glow.

Now, before you get set to scrub, figure out the best exfoliating technique for you. Read on to find out the different ways to get your deepest clean yet.


Just like a body brush whisks away dead skin cells from your thighs, legs and butt, a facial cleansing brush works wonders on dull, flaky skin – and it means you can knock out cleansing and exfoliating all at once! Try the Manicare Facial Cleansing Brush. Wet the brush, pop your cleanser on the bristles, and gently buff it over your skin using a circular motion. Don’t forget about those often-missed areas like your jawline, the inner corners of your nose, in between your eyebrows, and under your chin.


Packed with glycolic acid, at-home peels are amazing for zapping away dead, dull and damaged skin cells, but the benefits don’t stop there. They’re also great for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evening out skin tone, and minimising pores. If you’re ready to get your DIY on, go for the John Plunkett Skincare Glyco Peel. Apply it at night after cleansing, let it dry, and then smooth your moisturiser over the top for smooth, revived skin.


Facial buffs work with your cleanser to gently polish your skin, sloughing away dead skin cells and dryness. To get a baby-soft complexion, pop a dollop of cleanser on the loofah side of the Eco Tools Bamboo Loofah Facial Buff. Gently massage it over your face using circular motions, and then use the cotton side to rinse away the cleanser.


Got a little time on your hands? Pour yourself a glass of wine, pop on your fave TV series, snuggle up in your robe and treat your skin to an exfoliating mask. How delicious does that sound?! We love the Quick Fix Exfoliating Scrub Mask as it targets blackheads and blocked pores and renews the skin with superfoods like goji berries and pomegranate.


Unlike regular facial scrubs, exfoliating gels tend to be highly concentrated with active ingredients like AHAs, which work hard to dissolve dead skin cells and deeply decongest the skin. Rinse your skin with the Ultraceuticals Ultra Gentle Exfoliating Gel – it contains jojoba oil to gently exfoliate while minimising the appearance of pores and brightening your complexion.


If you’re up for getting a little more hands on with exfoliating, then the traditional scrub-and-fingertips technique is for you. It couldn’t be more straightforward! Once or twice a week, after cleansing, put some exfoliator (we love the Kelapa Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub) on your fingertips, rub them together and massage over your entire face. Be sure to avoid roughly scrubbing your skin as this can cause redness and irritation.

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