10 must-try exfoliators if you have dry, flaky skin
Get ready to welcome smooth, soft and radiant.
Content Producer / January 25 2024
If you feel like your complexion is dull, dry or just a bit meh, you're not alone (actually, join the club).
We know it can be pretty annoying trying to turn around a dull complexion, especially when you feel like your whole face is about to flake off. And it's winter. And you're scared an exfoliator will make it worse.
Thankfully, there's a tonne of exfoliators out there that are a dry complexion's best friend. The thing we recommend looking for? Natural, gentle ingredients that won't irritate your skin and strip it of its natural oils.
But before we jump into our top picks, let's talk about why exfoliation is so important for dry skin. When your skin's dry, it means that the top layer is not retaining enough moisture. This can lead to a dull, rough, and flaky appearance.
Exfoliating regularly helps to remove this layer of dead skin cells, allowing your moisturiser to penetrate deeper and work more effectively. Plus, it can also help to stimulate cell turnover and collagen production, which can improve the overall texture and firmness of your skin.
So without further ado, here are our picks...
Dope Skin Co Coco Clay Exfoliating Face Scrub
If you're looking to gently slough away tired dull skin to reveal a softer, more radiant complexion, Dope Skin's the way to go. This beauty offers the best of the best when it comes to ingredients, including gentle exfoliants, skin soothing botanical antioxidants and vitamins to instantly reveal a softer, smoother, more radiant face.
$34.95 at Dope Skin Co
Frank Body Original Face Scrub
Like we said, natural and gentle is the way to go when it comes to dry skin exfoliation. That’s why Frank Body’s scrub is the way to go. It’s formulated with natural oils (coconut, grapeseed and sweet almond) that gently add much-needed moisture back to your skin while coffee grinds oh-so-gently lift away those pesky dry patches.
$25 at Frank Body
Alpha-H Liquid Gold
While its looks may be deceiving, make no mistake that this cult-favourite product is a darn good exfoliator. It's great at targeting dryness, dullness, redness, sun damage and inflammation, as well as large pores, sensitivity, and fine lines and winkles. Basically, you name it, Alpha-H can fix it. Don't believe us? Just read these hundreds of five-star reviews...
$74.95 at Alpha-H
Tribe Skin Care Resurfacing 2-in-1 Exfoliant
This creamy, gritty exfoliant is formulated with fruit enzymes to dissolve dead skin, while kaolin clay absorbs excess oil. It combines physical and chemical exfoliants for a gentle, yet deep clean. Plus, it also helps unclog pores and brighten your skin for a smoother, more radiant complexion.
$55 at Tribe Skin Care
QV Face Exfoliating Polish
If you've been steering clear of physical exfoliants for fear of inflaming your face, fret not. There's a skin-polishing product that's bound to change your mind. This face polish has super fine beads that take care of the exfoliating bit in a gentle way. But wait, there's more! Packed with vitamin B3, it actually helps reduce skin sensitivity.
Was $14.99, now $11.39 at Chemist Warehouse
Bangn Body Smooth Skin Scrub
This revolutionary smooth skin scrub is formulated with antioxidant-rich extracts and Australian kaolin white clay to gently buff away impurities and dead skin cells, detoxify pores, help reduce breakouts and scarring, and reduce keratosis pilaris and congestion. It's gentle enough to use on the face and body, and for all skin types.
$42 at Sephora
Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream
7 Day Scrub Cream is developed by dermatologists, so you know you're in amazing hands. This mild facial scrub consists of physical particles suspended in a creamy formula that won’t zap too much moisture from your skin as you use it. Pretty neat, if we do say so ourselves.
$52 at Adore Beauty
Priori LCA fx160 - 2xfoliant Peel+Scrub 200ml
Priori LCA fx160 2xfoliant Peel + Scrub is a face exfoliator that contains a chemical exfoliant to drastically improve the texture of your complexion. Microspheres and lactic acid lift away dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant, less dry complexion.
$85 at Adore Beauty
Clarins Comfort Scrub For Dry Skin
Wanna know the secret ingredient in this bad boy? It's mango, baby! The goodness of mango is combined with sugar microcrystals to create an exfoliator that's perfect for dry, delicate skin. The tropical fruit is loaded with skin-loving vitamins and minerals that help to nourish and hydrate, while also providing a gentle, yet effective exfoliation. The result? Soft, smooth, and radiant skin.
$53 at Myer
Dr. LeWinn’s Daily Polishing Powder
This innovative polishing powder has been formulated to be gentle enough for everyday use as a cleanser. Simply add water to the amino-based powder and allow it to emulsify before applying it in gentle circular motions. It contains a chemical exfoliant (salicylic acid), as well as a physical exfoliant (amino powder), plus niacinamide, which helps to even out skin tone and texture.
$50.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Tiarne is BEAUTYcrew's Content Producer. Between crafting narratives about all things beauty, you might catch her indulging in an endless stream of TikTok videos and obsessing over her dog. Her words have also appeared across other mastheads such as Better Homes & Gardens, New Idea, Now To Love, Bounty Parents and more.