When it comes to your exfoliating routine, it’s important to treat the face a little bit differently than the body. Your body can take — and often needs — a little bit of abuse to produce soft, supple skin. But the face requires a little more TLC when it comes to exfoliation and keeping it looking its best. So what are the top ingredients for face scrubs to get the biggest results out of your exfoliation routine?
We turned to the skincare and beauty researchers at Callyssee Cosmetics for the answer.
Coffee & Other Top Ingredients for Face Scrubs
In its natural ground form, coffee is just about the perfect exfoliating ingredient: coarse enough to buff away dead skin cells, but fine enough not to abuse the face too much. Plus, it boasts abundant antioxidants and caffeine for added wrinkle-fighting potential.
#2 Brown Sugar
While the coarser white sugar makes an excellent body scrub, fine brown sugar is just about ideal for buffing the face and leaving it looking its best. Say hello to that glow!
Plus, you’ll often find scrubs with both coffee and brown sugar, so you don’t have to choose 😉 Like the Buffing Beans Coffee Scrub from Callyssee in Vanilla Bean and Cocoa. Both are suitable for sensitive skin and won’t clog pores, so they’re perfect to exfoliate your skin from face to toes!
#3 Apricot Seed Powder
In its Better Bean Clean Face Coffee Scrub, Callyssee blends this powerful ingredient with coffee to add additional exfoliating power. Plus, apricot seed powder has the added advantage of focus on blemishes and other problem areas of the skin and buffing them away.
You may have heard of St Ives Apricot Scrub, a popular face scrub with apricot ingredients that’s been around for decades. Take note, though: a 2017 lawsuit claiming it actually harms sensitive skin (read about it here on Glamour) has led us to steer clear of it from now on!
#4 Avocado Oil
While exfoliating ingredients are obviously the key component of any face scrub, you’ll want them paired with a moisturizer to help soothe and nourish the skin, as the exfoliators strip away those dead skin cells and reveal fresh skin — which needs protecting to stay glowy and beautiful. And avocado oil is just about the perfect moisturizing addition to your exfoliating face scrubs.
It provides a healthy dose of monounsaturated fats, as well as antioxidants to fight wrinkles as it rehydrates the skin after exfoliation. High in Vitamin E and healthy fats, avocado oil’s anti-aging powers range from defending against free radicals to superstar-level hydration. It is also nourishing, healing inflammation and itching and fortifying cells in the dermis and epidermis layers of your skin.
Now that you know what our top ingredients for face scrubs are, tell us: do any of your skincare products have them?
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