In recent years, chemical exfoliants have become more popular than physical exfoliants and although we'll admit we're partial to them ourselves, we still believe that face scrubs have a place in our skin care routines.
Exfoliating your face with a traditional face scrub can have a wide range of benefits for all skin types.
If you have dry skin, a face scrub can help to buff away dead skin cells, smooth dry patches and enhance radiance.
It can help to clean out pores, which helps to minimise the likelihood of blackheads and whiteheads forming, making it a great pick for combination and oily skin types too.
The best part is that you really only need to use a face scrub once or twice a week to see the benefits, which means a single bottle of face scrub will last you at least six months. Now that's a smart investment.
Picking the right face scrub is important though, thankfully, there's a wealth of top-rated face scrubs to choose from too, and BEAUTYcrew has taken the liberty of sourcing a handful of face scrubs we think would do wonders for your skin.
2024's Top Face Scrubs
This gentle option is a crowd favourite because it can be used by those with sensitive skin and everyday by those with more resilient skin. The vitamin C-enriched formula helps to target dull, rough, dry skin and uneven skin texture.
Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin
Enriched with vitamin C
Targets dullness, roughness, uneven texture and dry skin
This innovative gel-to-scrub formula contains a combination of pineapple and papaya enzymes, plus BHAs and AHAs. Simply massage the scrub into dry skin until it starts to ball up, then rinse to wash away the dead skin and reveal a glowing complexion. This is a great option if you don't like the feeling of physical exfoliators but still want to reap the benefits of a scrub.
Innovative gel-to-scrub formula
Eliminates dead skin cells
Contains pineapple and papaya enzymes, and BHAs and AHAs
This dual-action face scrub utilises chemical and physical exfoliants to reveal your best skin yet. It contains a mix of AHAs, lemon peel powder and sugar, to gently loosen, lift and sweep away dead skin cells, all while holy basil and chamomile work to calm and soothe the skin.
Contains a blend of chemical and physical exfoliants
Enriched with calming holy basil and chamomile
Smooths uneven skin texture
Minimises the size of pores
Part exfoliator, part purifying treatment mask, this multi-tasking formula contains a blend of exfoliating, balancing and purifying ingredients. Australian pink clay helps to draw out impurities, bamboo and macadamia particles gently buff away dead skin cells, AHA-rich Australian finger lime extract encourages cell turnover, and antioxidant-rich rosehip, grapeseed and olive oils nourish and enhance radiance.
Helps to purify, balance and exfoliate skin
Can be used as a treatment mask
Contains a blend of Australian pink clay, bamboo, macadamia, Australian finger lime and antioxidant-rich oils
Vitamin C-rich Barbados cherry is the hero ingredient of this face scrub, but it's the retexturising cranberry, pomegranate, papaya and pineapple enzymes, and polishing superfine sugar and silica that help to exfoliate skin and reveal a brighter, more radiant complexion and refined pores. There's also caffeine in the mix to help revitalise the skin and encourage healthy blood flow.
Contains Barbados cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, papaya and pineapple enzymes, sugar, silica and caffeine
Exfoliates dead skin
This three-in-one exfoliator combines alpha-hydroxy acids, enzymes, and light physical exfoliation to help minimise the first signs of ageing. The powder formula can be turned into a creamy lather with a few drops of water and is gentle enough for everyday use thanks to the inclusion of soothing ingredients such as niacinamide, red algae extract and tara fruit extract.
Gentle enough for everyday use
Contains niacinamide, red algae and tara fruit extract
This transforming powder-to-paste formula is a great budget-friendly option for sloughing away dead skin cells. It uses salicylic acid, plus, pineapple and papaya enzymes to gently resurface and retexturise skin to reveal a brighter and more radiant complexion.
Contains salicylic acid, pineapple and papaya enzymes
Smooths skin texture to reveal a more even and radiant complexion
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.