If you love to hate facial scrubs, you’re definitely not alone! Many shy away because they seem abrasive, irritating, and even intimidating at times. Well, we’re here to shed some light on this debate and tell you: not all scrubs are bad! We often think we have to aggressively rub our skin to reap the benefits of physical exfoliation, but that’s not the case. And we end up blaming the product when it’s actually over-exfoliating that’s causing the most harm. Plus, there are numerous developments in the formulations/ingredients, so there really shouldn’t be much to worry about. That is unless your skin absolutely can’t handle them. As always, the decision is yours to make, and if you do choose to incorporate any, make sure you PATCH TEST! We’ve curated some top scrubs and powder washes we personally find the best!

8Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash

Ready to try a 2-in-1, fruity-Licious cleanser? This face wash gently exfoliates with white sugar crystals that melt on contact while cleansing away impurities. It also contains strawberry extract and grapeseed oil to give you a brightening and nourishing touch for an overall healthier complexion.

7Paula’s Choice The UnScrub

This unique scrub + cleanser washes away makeup, sunscreen, and other impurities with added physical exfoliation. It’s formulated with environment-friendly jojoba beads that naturally dissolve, making sure your skin barrier stays strong and tear-free. A wonderful upgrade to your double cleansing experience!

69wishes Rice Foaming Cleanser

This rice bran-infused cleanser is the one to try if you’re on the lookout for a physical exfoliator that’s not too harsh on the skin. It utilizes finely milled rice powder to slough off those dead skin cells and brighten and moisturize in one go. Perfect for even the most sensitive of skin types!

5Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder Wash

Not sure if you’re ready to commit to a full-on scrub? This Japanese enzyme powder wash is a gentler alternative that will freshen up your face with every use. The water-activated granules come with a mighty concoction to help with pores, excess sebum, and dead skin cell removal. Additionally, the capsules are super convenient and easy to use – anytime, anywhere!

4Cell Fusion C Mild Deep Cleanser

This mild powder wash not only works great as a cleanser, but it also helps tackle clogged pores like no other! It’s enriched with papaya enzymes to remove excess sebum, giving you that healthy glow. To top, you can lather using the face brush for deeper exfoliation.

3Tatcha The Rice Polish Classic Foaming Enzyme Powder

Time to utilize ancient Japanese methods in your cleansing routine! This cleanser highlights rice, along with papaya enzymes, to buff away unwanted skin without stripping its moisture. So worth the investment, especially if you don’t react well to other exfoliants!

2Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask Wash Off

Is your skin in the mood for something sweet? This rinse-off mask highlights Brazillian black sugar granules and honey for that perfect exfoliating combo. It even delivers hydration and nourishment as you massage. Absolutely something we’re including in our next self-care sesh!

1Sioris My Soft Grain Scrub

If you haven’t tried oatmeal exfoliation, now’s your chance! It’s formulated with 86% oat kern flour to help with issues, such as excess oil and enlarged pores, without the abrasiveness. To change up your routine, mix it into your favorite cleanser!

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