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The 8 Best Exfoliating Products for Baby-Soft Skin

Clear your pores of sweat and grime ASAP.

By: Hannah Baxter

Lately we’ve been struggling to talk about anything but the recurring heat waves across North America and Europe. And aside from generally feeling like a melted Popsicle, our skin is bearing the bulk of the damage. When you’re applying (and reapplying) sunscreen day after day on top of sweating from the moment you wake up, your pores are bound to be clogged with debris, leaving you with uneven skin texture and tone. To combat this unwelcome side effect of summer weather, we decided to uncover the eight best exfoliating products on the market.


Pixi Glow Tonic, $29

If you’ve been curious about exfoliating toners but don’t want to empty your bank account to try it out, this is about to become your new best friend. It removes excess oil and debris with 5 percent glycolic acid, and the added aloe vera ensures your skin is velvety soft.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment, $105

Lactic acid is the hero ingredient in this leave-on treatment, which we recommend using at night to avoid any sun exposure. The alpha hydroxy acids smooth, brighten, and clarify the skin. Plus, a little goes a long way.

Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant, $43

Not all physical exfoliators are created equal, which is why we’re always on the lookout for a gentle product that doesn’t cause microtears in the skin (yikes). Jojoba, rose hip, and cucumber seeds works as natural micro-exfoliants to remove the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving you with softer skin after just one wash.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, $85

A celebrity favorite that uses lactic acid and fruit enzymes to buff away dull skin. Two thousand people on Sephora also agree that it will help your skin look radiant and sinfully smooth. Who cares that the dark green color makes you look like Shrek for a few minutes? Not us.

AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder, $60

K-beauty favorite AmorePacific uses a green-tea-derived probiotic enzyme to clear away dead skin cells, as well as papaya enzymes to promote cell turnover. Just add a bit of water to the powder formula to transform it into a foam, then rinse and follow with your favorite moisturizer.

GoopGlow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator, $125

Glycolic acid and micro-exfoliating minerals (think quartz, garnet, alumina, and silica) give you a one-two punch of exfoliation in this treatment. This guy works fast too, so as soon as you feel the tingle—roughly three minutes—you can rinse with warm water to enjoy your smooth, glowy skin.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial 25% AHA + 2% BHA Mask, $80

This is one of the highest concentrations of chemical exfoliants you can get over the counter. The resurfacing power of this mask is no joke—a once-a-week treatment is enough to achieve blissfully smooth, decongested skin.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting & Refining Serum, $65

A serum specifically for anyone who wants to clear out their pores (so, everyone), this new release from Dr. Dennis Gross dissolves the waxy buildup inside the pore with farnesol, adipic acid, and agarikon mushroom. Blackheads and dull skin, begone.