11 best facial exfoliators

Buff away dry dull winter skin ready for spring with our pick of the best facial scrubs

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Dry flaky winter skin needs a good polish to reveal a brighter, more luminous complexion. Here's our pick of the best exfoliators.

1. Origins Modern Friction: £32, John Lewis

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For a quick, no fuss, no mess option, these pads are perfect. They leave skin squeaky clean, radiant and instantly brightened. Fruit acid and rice bran extract give all the benefits of a professional glycolic peel in under a minute – without any redness.

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2. Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub of All: £7, Boots

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On a beauty budget? This inexpensive high street polisher holds its own against the luxury brands. Pore-unclogging, flaky skin-smoothing and radiance-boosting, all in one pea-sized amount massaged in circles around the face.

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3. Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm: £20, John Lewis

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An oil based, 100% natural, multi-purpose polisher and cleanser, this one is brilliant for balancing dry and sensitive – or sensitised – skins, that need a little extra TLC. Sumptuously scented with camellia, kukui nut and rosehip oils and hydrating cocoa, mango and shea butter, it dissolves daily grime without stripping away the skin's natural oils.

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4. Philosophy The Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel: £59, John Lewis


There are everyday-scrubs and then there are super-scrubs. This triple acid peel not only dissolves dull skin, but also brightens discoloured patches, reduces the appearance of fine lines and boosts radiance and clarity. Just two treatments makes all the difference, just remember to use sun cream after an acid peel to protect the new skin.

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5. Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for Face: £30, John Lewis

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Mix these grains in the palm of your hand with a little water, or your usual cleanser, to create a radiance boosting scrub. As always with Bobbi Brown, the packaging is beautiful; the chunky glass pot and glossy black lid make this a dressing table-worthy product — not normally the preserve of functional scrubs.

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6. Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Essential Enzyme Peel: £41, Bath and Unwind

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If you don't like the feeling of abrasive scrubs, try this enzyme peel. Fruit acids from pineapple, passion flower and grape gently remove dead skin cells, while anti-ageing vitamin E and anti-oxidants from carrot oil leave skin glowing.

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7. Kiehl's Clearly Corrective White Skin Brightening Exfoliator: £25, John Lewis


Clinically proven to help reverse skin discolouration, this high performance scrub packs a powerful punch if you're looking to improve skin clarity and minimise skin irregularities and dullness.

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8. Indeed Facial Powdered Exfoliator: £19, Boots

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Two shakes of this powdered exfoliator mixed with a palmful of water makes a hard-working but gentle scrub to polish away dull dry skin and reveal a more luminous complexion.

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9. Super Facialist by Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Brighten & Refine Facial Scrub: £5, Boots

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Tired, sensitive skin will love this gentle scrub packed with natural moisturisers to keep it calm and nourished, while removing dulling skin cells.

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10. Diptyque Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay: £44, John Lewis


Detoxify congested skin with this anti-oxidant-packed, multi-use exfoliating scrub and nourishing mask. Either massage straight onto damp skin to exfoliate, or apply for 5-10 minutes as a mask, then massage in circular motions to boost the exfoliating action.

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11. Nivea Gentle Exfoliating Scrub Normal & Combination Skin: £2, Boots

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Drying out combination skin can lead to over-drive in oil production, but this Vitamin E-packed formula is mild enough for skin prone to oily breakouts.

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We can't resist a budget scrub that can out-perform many of the higher end ranges – for that Soap & Glory gets first place this week. But for lazy beauty junkies like myself, the Origins pads are brilliantly fuss free.


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