An exfoliant is a godsend to skincare routines. It brings back the glow to a tired, sleep-deprived complexion by sloughing off layers of dead skin responsible for that annoying ashy overcast. It's advisable to exfoliate once to two times a week only because too much may cause irritation.
Exfoliating products come in two types: Mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliants have micro-granules of sugar, seeds, or any ground material that physically smoothen out the skin's surface. You have to be careful when choosing a mechanical scrub, though. One with granules that are too big may cause micro-tears on the skin!
Chemical exfoliants are acids that gently dissolve dead skin without you noticing it. You'll just find your complexion looking brighter with every use. If you spot lactic acid, glycolic acid, and fruit enzymes in the product label, then you've got one with a chemical exfoliant formula.
Now that we've briefed you why you need an exfoliating mask in your life, here are our top picks for every budget!
Human Nature Purifying Facial Scrub
Get rid of flaky skin by gently massaging the ground strawberry seeds and bamboo granules on your face. The best part? It costs less than P100, and is available almost everywhere!
Human Nature Purifying Facial Scrub, P99.75, Robinsons Supermarket
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask
This one is the OG of all the exfoliating masks! It's internet-famous because it does a great job of banishing zits and managing the skin's oil production. In fact, people would line up just to get a hold of this tub! See our full review of the Aztec Secret Indian Clay Mask here.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, P525, Healthy Options
Banila Co. Clean Up Mud Mask
Purge all the gunk from your pores and get rid of pimples + blackheads in the process. This mask also has a cooling sensation, so angry zits will surely be soothed.
Banila Co. Clean Up Mud Mask, P845, Glorietta
COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad
This tub has 90 pads soaked in a BHA solution that promises to get rid of excessive shine, pimples, and dull skin. To balance its potent pore-clearing powers, it has willow bark water to calm zits. This gentle exfoliator is safe to use daily!
COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad, P900, Watsons
Mario Badescu Almond and Honey Face Scrub
The finely milled almond and cornmeal act as a non-abrasive face scrub that buffs ashy layers of dead skin cells. Honey extract supplies nourishing hydration to freshly exfoliated skin. It's so gentle, even those with sensitive skin can use it!
Mario Badescu Almond and Honey Face Scrub, P1,050, Rustan's the Beauty Source
Pixi Peel and Polish
This exfoliating mask has lactic acid and fruit enzymes gently remove dead skin cells, while sugar extracts bring out a radiant glow. Its formula is so gentle, it's safe to use two to three times a week.
Peel and Polish, P1,390, Glamourbox.ph
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask
This mask is loaded with yummy ingredients! It contains 50 percent crushed fruits—orange, clementine, and lemon—which all have AHA that naturally brighten the complexion. Aside from its glowing and smoothening ~*powers*~, its scent makes it addicting to use!
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask, P1,541, Sephora.ph
Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay
Refine your pores in the most Instagrammable way: With a millennial pink mask! It has jojoba beads and rose clay that work together to deep clean your pores.
Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay, P1,550, SM Makati
Murad Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish
If you're having problems with breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads, turn to this face scrub. It has witch hazel extract that unclogs and purifies the pores. Its creamy formula ensures that your complexion won't ever feel tight and dried out.
Murad Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish, P1,750, Rustan's the Beauty Source
Philosophy The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel
This is one of Philosophy's famous products. This acts as DIY facial treatment, thanks to its genius two-step system: An AHA + BHA solution and a brightening sleeping mask treatment that delivers a youthful glow the next day.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel, P4,995. Sephora.ph
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