My Three Favorite Face Scrubs.

face scrubs

Winter is in full swing and my skin gets full on reptilian if I’m not careful. This time of year I will do a Vitamin C Treatment most nights (I’m a big fan of the Beautycounter Overnight Peel) to chemically exfoliate, but I find I need a bit more than that so I will manually exfoliate with a face scrub 2-3x a week. I like to exfoliate my face while in the shower (it’s less messy than at my sink before bed), and I always try to scrub my face for a solid two minutes. That’s what makes the real difference; more than any product you can buy. I’ll focus on the dry spots (my nose and forehead) and just really work the scrub into my skin in a gentle, circular motion. Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential mentioned doing this on her podcast last year and it really just makes such a big difference!

My Three Favorite Face Scrubs:

My OG Favorite.

The Seaweed Bath Co’s face scrub is just DIVINE. I am fortunate that I get sent so many products to test and try and this scrub is better than ANY of the fancy ones I’ve tried… (seriously – I’ve tried $200 face scrubs – why they cost so much we’ll never know, but this outperforms those). The consistency is just right. It’s gentle but gets off all the dead skin. I love it so much. It’s only $8 at Target right now!!!

For when I need something INTENSE.

Cindy Crawford’s Intense Triple Exfoliating Treatment is what I will be using when I get home from frigid Minnesota next week. It means business, and you’ll be a little red after you use it.. but it is highly highly effective. This will get even my roughest skin back to baby smooth. It’s no joke.

The gentlest of the bunch + a new arrival!

You know I’m a big fan of Clark’s Botanicals. They recently sent me their new Dual Charcoal Detox. At first I wasn’t so sure I liked it – it’s very viscous (thin). But this one is secretly powerful as it also contains fruit enzymes so you get a little chemical exfoliation going on too. Sneaky, sneaky. What I like about it is how BRIGHT it leaves my skin. When I want to glow, I use this. It’s definitely the gentlest of the three but still very effective. You can use it as a mask, too!

photo by Carter Fish.


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  1. I haven’t used a manual exfoliant in so long! Do we really need to use both a chemical and a manual exfoliant? Either way, thanks for the post! The Seaweed Bath Co’s scrub sounds so good!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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    • I do, but it depends on your skin! If your skin is less dry than mine you are probably good doing just one!

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  2. Lindsay Jarrett:

    So true, I’ve just started exfoliating 2-3x a week and it makes SUCH a difference. Every time I touch my face (bad habit) I’m so surprised by how soft it is. I recommend the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub, also at Target and it smells so good and gets to be such a pretty green color.

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  3. Carolyn:

    Have you tried Dermalogica’s daily superfoliant or microfoliant?! My local skincare/make up shop (similar to a blue mercury) gave me several samples and I fell in LOVE! I prefer the superfoliant for me. Highly recommend trying it!

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  4. I embarrassingly never exfoliate. But this weather is drying out my skin so badly, I think maybe I should start. lol

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  5. Cy:

    I love the Seaweed one, I bought on your rec! It’s great and I love the price. I ended up buying the Nip + Fab one from your weekend round -up and I really like it. ( don’t think it’s very natural though). It smells like a creamsicle! I’ve always loved the Remede, it’s just a bit out of my price range.

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  6. meredith:

    love seaweed bath co. another good one for around the same prices is the Acure Brightening Exfoliator. you can buy it at Whole Foods and it’s super effective!!

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  7. Have you tried Tata’s Regenerating Cleanser? I’m a big fan of that one! I love using it in the morning. It’s gentle and sloughs off all the dead skin cells while leaving my skin feeling soft and loved. I’ll have to add these three to my try list. Thanks!

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    • I have! I liked it but didn’t LOVE it. For me it was a little too gentle (I like something a bit stronger) and the price is so steep. I tend to spend more money on creams and serums and buy less expensive cleansers and scrubs. BUT I do just love Tata and everything she does!!!

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  8. Lisa Autumn:

    Oh I need to try all of them!

    x Lisa |

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