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Face scrubs: some people love them, some people avoid them. Are face scrubs good for your skin? Do they work? How often should you use them – and which one is best for your skin concern? It can be a minefield and sometimes feel like it’s one extra step in an already lengthy skin care ritual. But, used correctly, face scrubs can revitalise your skin and restore your natural glow. Read on for our ultimate guide to exfoliating.

1. It improves skin tone and texture. Every day, dead skin cells, dirt and oil build up on the surface of your skin, which can leave it feeling and looking dull and dry. A gentle exfoliator removes this buildup, revealing newer, fresher, smoother and healthier-looking skin.

2. It unclogs pores. Our pores can get clogged from a buildup of sebum (naturally occurring oil in our skin), as well as dirt and grime from pollution, sweat and general everyday life – which can lead to the appearance of spots. It’s important to give your face a thorough clean with a face scrub once or twice a week to remove this buildup.

3. It helps fade spots and scars. Exfoliants break down dry and dead skin while smoothing texture, which means the skin appears to look more uniform over time. Any appearance of acne scars, dark spots or hyperpigmentation will soon be reduced.

4. It helps your skin care absorb faster. If your skin has a thick layer of dead skin cells, your serum and moisturiser will have to work harder to penetrate the layers of the skin they’re trying to reach. By removing these dead skin cells, you’re helping these products work to their best abilities.

5. It helps fight signs of ageing. Typically, our skin regenerates every 25-30 days but as we get older, this process starts to slow down – meaning we need to give it a little boost. Face scrubs mimic this rejuvenation process, giving skin a new lease of life.

How often should you exfoliate? Exfoliating too often could have a damaging effect on the skin. We recommend using a face scrub once or twice a week to reap the full benefits of a face scrub without damaging the skin. Our Daily Exfoliating Cream is mild, creamy and non-granular, making it our best exfoliating face scrub for sensitive skin. If signs of ageing are your main skin concern, go for the Purely Age-Defying Refining Treatment, which gently lifts dry skin and impurities to reveal softer, smoother and more even-looking skin.

Forget harsh scrubs in favour of gentle formulas that nourish the skin. Shop our range here.