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Welcome to ReviewBox Brasil! Today we will talk about a very important product for skin health and that should be present in your skincare routine: the exfoliator.

Able to remove dead cells, facial and body exfoliation is an essential step for skin renewal, promoting softness and radiance.

There are options for all skin types and needs. Some fight oiliness, others fight the signs of ageing and there are even those that promote softness and velvety touch.

That's why we will show you the best options and explain what criteria to use to choose the ideal exfoliator.

The most important

  • Each skin needs a different type of ingredient in the exfoliator.
  • There are different sizes of granules, they exfoliate with different intensities.
  • There are differences between facial and body scrubs.

The Best Exfoliators: Our Picks

Buying Guide

The exfoliator is an indispensable product in skin care. It cleanses by removing dead skin cells. Are you looking for the right scrub for your skin?

From now on we will show you which points should be considered at the time of purchase. That way it will be much easier for you to choose the best exfoliator on the market.

Imagem de uma moça sorrindo com um pouco de esfoliante na ponta do dedo indicador.

Learn how to choose an exfoliator that is right for your needs. (Source: Benzoix /

What is a scrub?

The exfoliator is a product that has a granulated texture capable of removing dead surface cells from the skin. With this it promotes cell renewal to the dermis, something so important to keep the face and body healthy.

It is possible to find exfoliators for all skin types and needs. After all, because it is such an important product for the health and beauty of the face and body, brands invest heavily in its development.

Imagem de uma moça passando esfoliante nas costas de outra pessoa.

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells. (Source: Javi_indy / Freepik)

What are the differences between facial and body scrubs?

The main difference between the exfoliator for face and body is in the intensity of exfoliation. This is because, while the facial scrub has finer granules, the body scrub has coarse granules, after all the treatment will be done on a much larger area.

The face exfoliators have extra actions, such as fighting greasiness, acne prevention and calming action. The body exfoliator, on the other hand, only exfoliates and hydrates. This is because most of them have oils and butters in the composition to facilitate the spreadability on the body.

Facial scrub Body scrub
Exfoliation intensity Low/medium Medium/strong
Granules size Small granules Large granules
Extra action Combat oiliness, acne prevention and soothing action Moisturizing

What are the advantages of using a scrub?

The exfoliator is a product developed to promote skin renewal, leaving it with more luminosity, vitality and even attenuating spots. The exfoliator also stimulates the production of collagen and fights wrinkles and expression lines.

Not to mention that it unclogs the pores, increasing the skin's capacity to absorb the dermocosmetic actives. That's why it's always a good idea to exfoliate your skin before applying that really powerful moisturiser.

However, it is important to be careful not to overdo it. Exfoliation should be done only once a week! If your skin is very oily, you can make an exception and exfoliate up to twice. More than that will damage your skin.

Excess exfoliation can cause intense dryness and even small cuts if the exfoliating granules are large. Also, if you apply the product incorrectly, applying a little more pressure than necessary, your skin will be bruised.

  • Skin renewal
  • Lightened skin
  • Reduced spots
  • Reduced wrinkles
  • Unclogged pores
  • Better absorption of nutrients
  • Dryness
  • Possible skin cuts if there is too much exfoliation
  • Sensitized skin if not applied correctly

What is the correct way to use an exfoliator?

The granular texture product should be applied to damp skin. Take a sufficient amount from the package and apply on the face, always massaging it with the fingertips in circular movements.

After the massage is complete, remove the product from the face with water and facial soap. And remember, it is mandatory to apply a facial moisturizer after the treatment, if your skin is oily give preference to serums. It is also necessary to apply a sunscreen after the procedure.

When it comes to body scrub, the easiest way to apply it is in the bath. Besides being more practical, the pores are dilated due to the heat of the water. Therefore, the skin will absorb even more of the product's actives. It should also be applied in circular movements, but with the palm of the hand.

Imagem de uma moça passando esfoliante no rosto em frente ao espelho no banheiro.

Apply with fingertips in circular motions. (Source: Yanalya / Freepik)

Purchase criteria: What to consider before buying an exfoliator

Exfoliating the face and body is very important to fight oiliness, prevent acnes and diminish spots. But there's no point in having all these benefits if the product you choose doesn't meet your two specific needs.

Therefore, from now on we will list the points you should analyse before buying an exfoliator.

  • Specific ingredients
  • Types of granules
  • Fragrance
  • Type of packaging

Below we will explain each of these items better, so you can better understand their importance.

Specific ingredients

Those who have oily skin should opt for a product that eliminates and prevents acne. It is also interesting to opt for exfoliators with quartz crystals and clays, they remove oiliness and control sebum production.

Salicylic acid, besides being another ingredient capable of fighting acne, helps reduce spots. The pink clay is ideal for the most sensitive skins, whether oily or dry. This active has calming action, which prevents irritation and redness.

For dry skin, it is ideal to find exfoliators with moisturizing and nourishing action. Thus, at the same time that the product granules exfoliate, the moisturizing ingredients take care of the skin.

To exfoliate the body, the ideal is that the exfoliator has oils and butters in its composition. In addition to taking care of the skin, it will be much easier to spread the product during bathing.

Types of granules

Exfoliation is made from the friction of granules (grains that look like sand) with the skin. These granules can be made from various raw materials, such as salt, sugar, baking soda, clays, quartz crystals and rice bran.

The exfoliators with salt granules, for example, are indicated for the driest areas of the body. Sugar scrubs can be used on both face and body, but the size of the granules should be different. It is ideal for a more powerful facial scrub on oily skin.

The granules of clay and quartz are also excellent for the face, not to mention that being natural there is no risk of skin irritation. A good choice for the most sensitive skins. However, its exfoliating action is much milder.


Although the scrub is a product that is immediately removed from the body, it leaves a residual smell. When choosing a scrub, it is important to also think about the type of scent you want. After all, nobody deserves to smell something they don't like, right?

Besides, we usually use this product during the bath, when there is a very hot steam. This intensifies the product's fragrance even more. That's why it's so important to analyse this point when buying.

Some people, for instance, love more refreshing scents, others prefer floral scents. There are those who love a sweet smell of vanilla or honey, but there are others who get a headache just thinking about that aroma. What about you? Which one do you like the most? Don't forget it!

Imagem de um pote de cosmético com rosa ao redor.

The fragrance should be pleasant not to become cloying. (Source: serezniy / 123RF)


Exfoliators are sold in two types of packaging: tubes or jars. The first one is indicated for those who look for practicality and don't like to waste product. After all, it allows you to control the amount of product you want to remove from the package.

Besides, the exfoliators that come in tubes are usually lighter and have a better spreadability. The exfoliators that come in jars, on the other hand, are usually denser, ideal for a more intense treatment.

It is worth pointing out that the chance of bacteria proliferation in the jars is greater, after all you will need to get the product with your hands. You can also use a spatula, if you prefer. However, this type of packaging holds a larger amount of product. Therefore, it is ideal for body scrubs.

(Featured image source: Valeria Aksakova/

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