Get your smoothest, softest skin yet with these 7 top-rated face scrubs

Radiance-revealing recommendations

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / February 12 2024

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

Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash, $42, Oz Hair & Beauty
Wishful Yo Glow AHA & BHA Facial Enzyme Scrub, $58, Huda Beauty
Ole Henriksen Lemonade Smoothing Scrub, $50, Sephora

Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash
from $42 at Oz Hair & Beauty

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.

Key features:

Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin
Enriched with vitamin C
Targets dullness, roughness, uneven texture and dry skin

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Wishful Yo Glow AHA & BHA Facial Enzyme Scrub
from $58 at Huda Beauty

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.

Key features:

Innovative gel-to-scrub formula
Eliminates dead skin cells
Improves radiance
Contains pineapple and papaya enzymes, and BHAs and AHAs

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Ole Henriksen Lemonade Smoothing Scrub
from $50 at Sephora

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.

Key features:

Contains a blend of chemical and physical exfoliants
Enriched with calming holy basil and chamomile
Smooths uneven skin texture
Minimises the size of pores

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Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Flash Perfection Exfoliator
from $44 at Sand & Sky

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.

Key features:

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

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Fenty Skin Cherry Dub Superfine Face Scrub
from $41 at Sephora

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. 

Key features:

Contains Barbados cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, papaya and pineapple enzymes, sugar, silica and caffeine
Enhances radiance
Refines pores
Exfoliates dead skin

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Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
from $93.10 at Adore Beauty

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.

Key features:

3-in-1 exfoliator
Gentle enough for everyday use
Contains niacinamide, red algae and tara fruit extract

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Bondi Sands Glow Dust Exfoliating Powder
from $12.56 at Bondi Sands

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.

Key features:

Contains salicylic acid, pineapple and papaya enzymes
Smooths skin texture to reveal a more even and radiant complexion

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Got dry skin? These are the best exfoliators for your skin type.

Main image credit: @fentyskin

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).