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An easy way to achieving clear, blemish-free skin? Exfoliating is a very important step in your skincare routine. 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 as there are specific ingredients catered to different skin types. From dry to sensitive skin, we've listed the best exfoliators for every skin type.
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, that combines fruit enzymes and lactic acid to gently tackle dead skin and brighten your complexion.
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, combines glycolic acid, jojoba beads, caffeine, peppermint oil and cucumber to remove dead skin and minimise appearance of pores.
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 brighter and smoother skin without the dreaded stretched feeling.
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, that removes dead skin, evens skin tone and hydrates without so much as a red blotch.
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, 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.
This article was originally published in CLEO.