The Best Exfoliators For Different Skin Types

by Smita DeSouza
LIFESTYLE  |  April 27, 2018
  • One of the best ways to achieve clear and radiant skin is to exfoliate
    1 / 6 One of the best ways to achieve clear and radiant skin is to exfoliate

    If clear, blemish-free skin is your goal, exfoliating is one way to achieve it. Getting rid of dead skin helps speed up skin cell turnover, reduce breakouts and maintain an even skin tone. The key is to use the right one for you. Here are the best exfoliators for every skin type.

    (Also read: 6 Super Gentle Exfoliating Products to Give You Clear, Glowing Skin)

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    A version of this article first appeared on www.cleo.com.sg.

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  • If you have dry skin
    2 / 6 If you have dry skin

    Avoid physical scrubs that have small grains that could irritate and further dry out your skin. Opt instead for a gentler approach with chemical exfoliation. Try the Pixi Peel & Polish ($45 for 80ml, Sephora), that combines fruit enzymes and lactic acid to gently tackle dead skin and brighten your complexion.

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  • If you have oily skin
    3 / 6 If you have oily skin

    Stripping your skin of its natural oils will only cause it to produce more oil, so resist the urge to exfoliate every day in a bid to reduce shine. Instead opt for an exfoliator that will reduce build up and unclog pores. The Alpha-H Micro Cleanse Super Scrub ($50 for 100ml, Sephora) combines glycolic acid, jojoba beads, caffeine peppermint oil and cucumber to remove dead skin and minimise the appearance of pores.

    (Also read: 11 Skincare Products to Brighten Your Dull Skin Instantly)

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  • If you have normal skin
    4 / 6 If you have normal skin

    Even relatively trouble-free skin will benefit from regular exfoliation. Exfoliate at least once a week with a mild exfoliator like the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off ($16.50 for 100g, Skinfood) for brighter and smoother skin without the dreaded stretched feeling.

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  • If you have sensitive skin
    5 / 6 If you have sensitive skin

    Physical and chemical scrubs can irritate sensitive skin, so it’s best to go with one that will do the job while also being extremely gentle. Try the Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel ($76 for 60ml, Skin Inc) that removes dead skin, evens skin tone and hydrates without so much as a red blotch.

    (Also read: 6 Ways to Get Clearer, Healthier Skin)

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  • If you have combination skin
    6 / 6 If you have combination skin

    When it comes to combination skin, you need an exfoliator that will work for both the greasy areas and the dry patches. Try the Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask ($69 for 70ml, Sephora) that contains natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids to slough off dead skin, deep cleanse pores and smooth skin texture while balancing oily parts and hydrating the dry areas.

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