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The Best Natural Exfoliants for Your Skin

Top exfoliating scrub ingredients and products for your skin type

Written by: 100% PURE ®
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For many of us, our skin care routine is as simple as cleanse, moisturize, and go! But the unsung hero of any skin care routine just might be exfoliation. It so happens to be the extra step to your glowiest skin ever.

Without an exfoliating cleanser or scrub, dead skin cells build up, leading to dull, sad skin. We’re here to demystify this important skin care step and guide you through the best exfoliation ingredients for every skin type.


Chemical Vs. Physical Exfoliating Scrubs – What’s the Difference?

Both types of exfoliants do essentially the same thing – remove dead skin cells – but they work differently. Physical exfoliating scrubs and exfoliating cleansers are usually face scrubs that contain small granules – ground-up nuts, coffee, sugar crystals – to buff away dead skin. However, some of these particles can damage skin or be Earth-unfriendly, like microbeads.

As their name implies, chemical exfoliants remove dead skin using chemicals that loosen up the dead skin cells. That makes it easier to wipe away. The best chemical exfoliants are fruit enzymes and alpha and beta hydroxy acids. While these are generally safe and effective, they can be harsh depending on your skin type.


Which Type of Exfoliating Scrub Is Right for Your Skin Type?

Physical exfoliating scrubs and exfoliating cleansers work well for oily and combination skin types. Mature skin would benefit from a super fine, gentle exfoliant. Acne-prone and some combo skin types fare well with chemical exfoliation.

The key to choosing between an exfoliating scrub or chemical exfoliator is knowing which ingredients will give you glowy, dreamy skin. We’re here to help!


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The Best Exfoliating Scrub Ingredients for Your Skin Type

Matcha Powder
Matcha is a powdery powerhouse with big benefits for a healthy glow. Feeling more like a microdermabrasion scrub, our Matcha Oat Face Scrub uses exfoliating matcha powder and colloidal oatmeal to soften the complexion. This formula features small particles and might be more appealing to those seeking light to medium exfoliation.


Rice Powder
Since rice water is a superstar skin brightener, it’s no wonder rice powder could take skin care a step further. The Honest Skin Sweep Exfoliating Powder Cleanser is a customizable powder featuring kaolin clay and sea minerals that gently sweep away dead skin cells. That makes this product great for all skin types – even sensitive skin.


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Fruit Pulp
Finely ground fruit pulp is loaded with superstar antioxidants. It’s gentle enough for use even on sensitive skin. Our Acai Pulp Facial Scrub features finely ground grape seed and acai pulp. It packs plenty of buffing power to slough away bumps, flakes, and dead layers while revealing fresher, more supple skin.


Jojoba Beads
Perfect little beads that are as great to skin as they are to the environment? That’s what you’ll find with Odacité Jojoba Beads Exfoliant. An innovative and ultra-gentle approach to exfoliation, this exfoliating scrub gently rolls across the skin to lift away dead skin cells and impurities, leaving no damage to skin.


Seed/Shell Powders
Natural seeds and shell powders provide amazing exfoliation results! Take our Acai Pulp Facial Scrub – it features grape seeds for heavier exfoliation. It’s great for oily skin types.

For more sensitive skin types, walnut shell powder as featured in our Strawberry Lemonade Jelly Scrub works well. This scrub features small exfoliants, including crushed strawberry and cranberry seeds, which are all great for gently removing dullness and impurities.


Fruit Acids
All natural fruit acids have illustrious benefits. Skin-brightening vitamin C is no exception! That’s why the prized vitamin is featured in our Vitamin C Mask. This mask includes fruit enzymes, beet lactic acid, and fermented rice kojic acid to gently peel away dullness and even skin tone while supporting collagen and elastin production.


Glycolic Acid
Does your skin have a dull appearance? Prepare to banish it with the Josh Rosebrook Daily Acid Toner. Featuring the common alpha-hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, this toner easily penetrates the skin to exfoliate between skin cells. Suitable for all skin types, this powerful daily toner promotes a visibly refined, bright, and hydrated complexion.


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Oat Flour/Oats
Our Pore Detox Herbal Cleanser is a great alternative to popular glycolic acid products, which can be irritating for some skin types. It sloughs away dead skin and excess oil while gently exfoliating with oat flour for a smoother, brighter complexion. This exfoliating cleanser is specifically designed to target oily skin, breakout-prone skin, and congested or enlarged pores.


Baking Soda
It can be difficult to lock down a facial exfoliating scrub that gives you a deep clean feeling without doing a number on your sensitive skin. Slough off dead skin cells while gently exfoliating by creating a scrub using baking soda. Just be mindful of your skin’s pH.


Lactic Acid
Lactic acid is a gentle exfoliant derived from sour (fermented) milk. It works well on sensitive areas, like under your eyes. If your skin is prone to redness and irritation, formulations with lactic acid may work better for you than other AHAs.


Not to be forgotten, exfoliation is a super important part of your skin care routine, regardless of your skin type! Pairing the right natural exfoliating ingredients with your skin needs will lead to rejuvenated, brighter, and potentially clearer skin. Sound good? We think so too.

We carefully hand-select products based on strict purity standards, and only recommend products we feel meet this criteria. 100% PURE™ may earn a small commission for products purchased through affiliate links.

The information in this article is for educational use, and not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.


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