5 Facial Scrubs That Won't Dry Out Your Skin

If there’s something we can all relate to, it’s the relentless journey to find products that will give us Facetuned-looking skin. In case it wasn’t already obvious, all of the facial cleansers, primers, and toners aren’t enough to produce results overnight. This is clearly an issue since we’re impatient af and would much rather never leave the house again than let people to see a zit the size of a small country on our faces. If you’re looking to amp up your skincare routine, you’ll need an exfoliating scrub to achieve flawless, glowing skin. Not all of them need to be harsh enough to rip your skin off, though. It’s fucking winter, so obviously, that’s the last thing we need for our already dry skin. Thanks to me, obvi, these exfoliators are suitable for *all* skin types and work their magic in no more than 30 minutes for visible results even your mailman will notice. 

1. OLEHENRIKSEN Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub

Inspired by the feeling of entering a sauna, this dual-action scrub instantly warms up your face to really deep clean your pores and loosen dead skin cells, while absorbing excess oil so your skin is left feeling refreshed with the slightest cooling sensation. It’s full of like, a bunch of natural plants like algae, moss, and green tea, so it’s super gentle and provides a healthy, natural-looking glow.

2. Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash

Both an exfoliating wash and peel treatment, this delivers noticeable results after 30 seconds. Seriously. It consists of micro-exfoliating beads that gently remove irritated dead skin cells and nasty grime, so your face looks immediately brighter, smoother, and clearer. Whether you’re acne prone or experiencing fugly wrinkles, this works wonders on everyone.

3. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

This isn’t nicknamed “Hollywood’s two-minute facial” for nothing. Adored by some of our fave celebs that we stalk on Insta, the rinse-off exfoliating treatment works within two minutes of your first use. Full of healthy shit we actually like (i.e. pineapple and pumpkin), the treatment removes dead skin without irritating or drying it out. Pro tip: Using it in a hot shower with steam will only enhance the results and make you feel as though you just got a spa-quality facial in your own bathroom.

4. MURAD AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

Formulated with three powerful (but v healthy) exfoliating acids and “skin-polishing” beads, this cleanser scrubs off dull, aging skin to reveal a younger, hotter, glowing you. Although it consists of beads, the cleanser also attracts water molecules to your skin so it never dehydrates or over-dries your face. 

5. Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub

First of all, Mario is a fucking saint when it comes to skincare products. Second of all, I’m sorry in advance for getting you obsessed. I recently have been buying everything in his line and my skin has never hated me since. For a semi-weekly treatment in between your normal routine, use this scrub to smoothen and soften your skin. It helps keep your skin clean of gross bacteria, and it’s only an added bonus that it smells like a strawberry field.