Face Scrub, Peel and Exfoliate

Scrub that skin! Well, use a scrub, but don’t physically scrub it, of course – that is not good beauty practice! My skin gets drier and drier as the winter months move on, and I like to incorporate a once or twice weekly exfoliation into my skincare routine.

We should be doing this most weeks anyway, but it’s even more important at this time of year. There are so many ways to exfoliate your skin now – even if it’s super-sensitive.

Here are a few of my current favourites.

Philosophy The Microdelivery Resurfacing Vitamin C Peel, £59.50, John Lewis, philosophyskincare.co.uk

I’ve been recently reunited with this brand, and I feel old! I can remember the launch in the UK all those years ago when I was a rookie beauty writer. Philosophy was launched in 1996 by Arizona businesswoman Cristina Carlino, and the Peel was launched a year later. It was revolutionary at the time, thanks to Carlino, and utilises Vitamin C, which is now a key beauty ingredient in so many products.
The Microdelivery Resurfacing Vitamin C Peel has won 14 worldwide awards since launch and is a two-step, in-home peel that resurfaces and rejuvenates sun-damaged, hyperpigmented and ageing skin. You use it once a week at home. The kit includes vitamin c/peptide crystals and lactic/salicylic acid activating gel. You blend the two until they create a foam, and apply to the skin, and leave for a few minutes.  Because it contains an AHA, you must use sunscreen following use. It smoothes and resurfaces rough texture helps minimise the look of fine lines helps brighten and even skin tone.

Alpha H Micro Cleanse Super Scrub, £35.95, M&S Beauty, Cult Beauty

Get rid of those dead skin cells with this super scrub from Alpha H. It’s a supercharged exfoliant, using 12 percent Glycolic Acid blended with ex-friendly Jojoba beads and caffeine to achieve a professional microdermabrasion result (almost!) in the comfort of yout own home. This scrub will slough off those dead skin cells, reduce wrinkle depth and pore size, brighten skin tone and revitalise.  Caffeine Extract is a powerful antioxidant that will make the skin firmer and more supple whilst reducing redness, stress, and inflammation. The sculpting and hydrating properties of Caffeine are particularly beneficial to the neck, décolletage and bust areas, helping to visibly improve skin tone, clarity, and elasticity.

Whilst the formulation brightens even the dullest of complexions, its’ zesty aromatic blend of Peppermint Oil and Cucumber works similarly on the mind, helping to banish fatigue and stimulate the senses – this smells lovely and you will love using it twice a week. Use on dry skin, two or three times a week, leaving on for 1 to 3 minutes prior to removing with warm water, or a damp face cloth. If your skin is sensitive, use just once a week.


Emulsion Face Wash Base, £13, and Powder Exfoliant Add On, £9, emulsion.co.uk

Emulsion is one of those fun beauty brands, where you get to concoct the final potion yourself. I wrote about them in the recent body exfoliation post. This time use the SLS fragrance-free Face Wash Base, and add the Powder Exfoliant which contains turmeric, ginseng, marshmallow, California poppy tea, and aloe. This mix will soothe and moisturise, so it is excellent for use on sensitive skins.


 Indeed Labs Exfoliator II facial Powder Exfoliator, £24.99, Boots

New from Indeed Labs last month, this is jam-packed with a unique combination of enzymatic exfoliating actives that work together to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and promote cell renewal as they clean. You just mix it to a foam with water, and apply daily – you can use this gentle product every day if you want. It contains pineapple enzymes, rice bran extract, and hyaluronic acid,  flax and celery seed extracts, as well as oligosaccharides from the nopal cacti to stimulate the skin’s natural exfoliation.