The No-Stress Guide To Skin Exfoliators

Exfoliating is an important part of a skincare routine since it helps to rejuvenate the cells, and create a foundation for softer, smoother skin.

But what products are best for beginners? Treat your skin the right way by using some of our holy grail items, ideal for women with normal to sensitive skin.

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How should I exfoliate?

Most people think of exfoliating as an abrasive way of stripping the skin of its natural oils. There are a number of ways to exfoliate the skin on your face and body without turning bright red; one of which is perfect for those with sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Muslin cloth

Warm a muslin cloth under a hot faucet, then remove any excess water. Use a cleanser on wet skin, and work the product in with your fingers. Gently wipe the cleanser off with the muslin cloth in large, downward swipes. After you’re done with this step, open the cloth and lay it directly over your face; this helps to open the pores and exfoliate skin without continuous scrubbing.

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The Body Shop Muslin Cloth, $3.95


Scrubs are the most popular way to quickly and effectively exfoliate the skin, and are available anywhere from the supermarket to a high-end department store. Apply a pea-sized amount over damp skin, then work the product in with your fingers. If your skin is sensitive, don’t use formulas with added microbeads since they could potentially cause additional redness.

The No-Stress Guide To Skin Exfoliators

DermaVeen Daily Nourish Facial Exfoliator, $12.99


If your skin is prone to redness and inflammation, use a powder exfoliator in your skincare routine. Not only are powders less abrasive, but they are also a great idea if you want your product to last forever.

Sprinkle a pea-sized amount into your hand, then add some lukewarm water to the mixture. Work up a lather, then apply over your face, neck and décolletage.

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Dermalogica Daily Mircofoliant, $70

Manual exfoliators

A Personal Microderm (PMD) is a manual exfoliating system which helps to remove makeup, and unclog pores. Use with a gentle cleanser, scrub, or facial mask, and gently create a lather; focusing on areas such as the forehead, chin, and cheeks.

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Clarisonic Mia 2 Pink, $199

What should I do now?

After you have exfoliated your skin, apply a gentle toner over the entire face. Focus the product into the t-zone, chin and cheeks since these are the places most women experience acne or scarring.

Wait for your skin to soak it all up, then apply moisturiser. Skin will feel soft, and smooth almost immediately!

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For many of us, a bad skin day can lay an almighty blow to our self-confidence. Over a lifetime, a woman will spend thousands of dollars on overly expensive skincare products to prevent a range of skin disorders, from ageing to acne. Many of these products are full of chemicals that have the potential to do more harm than good to sensitive skin. What you may not know is that you can find potent skincare solutions in your own home. Save a little money by introducing these products into your skincare regime.

Hydration is vital to healthy skin, and more generally, a healthy body. Most professionals recommend drinking at least eight glasses per day.

Green tea
Green tea is an antioxidant and will help flush the bad toxins from your skin. It is high in polyphenols and can help fight the aging process. Aim for a minimum three cups per day.

Aloe vera
Aloe vera is a hardy plant that is easy to grow in your own home! It is rich in vitamin E, and is said to have healing properties for all types of skin conditions. Just look at these 7 Benefits of Aloe Vera For Skincare.

Oatmeal is great for sensitive skin and can even be used for babies. For an full body treatment, put some oatmeal into a nylon sock or cut-off pantyhose, and put in your bath. Soak yourself and emerge with silky, smooth skin.

Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is used for cleaning and healing all types of wounds and skin impurities. It’s miraculous antisceptic agents also mean that it is often included in cleaning products. Concentrated tea tree oil is very strong, but dab just a bit on your problem spots and watch them dry out.

Lemon juice is great for balancing uneven skin tone. It can be added to almost any DIY facemask or exfoliating scrub.

While processed sugars can be detrimental to the skin when consumed, cane sugar can be applied directly to the face for fresh-looking skin. Combine with lemon juice and olive oil to make a moisturizing, exfoliation scrub for your legs. 

If you’ve ever taken a dip in the ocean, you’ll know that afterward your skin feels amazing! Salt is antibacterial and can also help dry-out oily skin. Recreate that beachy look with a lemon and salt face scrub.

Avocado is rich in vitamin E and when applied directly, is great for skin hydration. Try this DIY honey and avocado facemask.

Oily fish types are high in omega 3and good fats – which are great for your skin! Salmon is great for skin elasticity and fighting ageing. See this full list of anti-aging foods.