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Welcome to your review site! In this article, we will talk about a great ally for those seeking a healthier, brighter and smoother facial skin: the facial scrub. Continue with us to take a look at product tips and also to clear up common doubts, such as frequency of use, how to define the ideal facial scrub for your skin type, among other things. We'll also look at the main features you should take into consideration to make the best purchase. Let's go?


  • It's very important to take your skin type into account when investing in a facial scrub.
  • Unless expressly written on the packaging or determined by your dermatologist, facial skin should not be exfoliated more than three times a week.
  • Check the packaging and reject products with plastic microspheres in the composition, because they end up in the oceans and in the stomachs of marine animals.

The best Facial Scrubs: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Still haven't found the perfect facial scrub for your needs? We can help you make the best choice! Below, check out our Buying Guide answering the main questions you may have about a facial scrub: what it does, tips to define the best facial scrub for your skin, frequency of use, how to apply, care you should take when using the product, among other things. Let's go?

Mulher fazendo limpeza no rosto.

The exfoliator is one of the steps of a complete beauty routine that will leave your skin beautiful and healthy (Source: Olena Kachmar / 123RF)

What does a facial scrub do?

A facial scrub is your ally for healthy, lively skin, improving the texture of your complexion by removing dead skin cells and impurities that can clog pores. The result is brighter, more even, smoother and more supple skin. Furthermore, facial exfoliation stimulates the production of collagen, reduces oiliness, improves blood circulation, increases the skin's ability to absorb other products such as tonics, serums, and moisturizers, and fights the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines.

What is the ideal facial scrub for my skin type?

Facial exfoliation is indicated for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Anyway, the ideal is to purchase a product formulated specifically for your skin type. There are facial scrubs for oily, combination, dry, sensitive and even specially designed for men's skin. It's a good idea to pay attention to the product's components and try to learn more about its effects on the skin. To give you a little help, we created a table with some of the most used components and their properties. Check it out:

Component Properties
Melaleuca Antiseptic and bactericidal, improving acne
Grape seed oil Antioxidant that regenerates and nourishes the skin
Seaweed Removes excess oil
Jojoba oil Hydrates and protects the skin
Vitamin C Leaves the skin more radiant and smooth
Volcanic ash Removes impurities and has an anti-oily effect
Clay (there are several types, colours and origins) Absorbs toxins

How often should I use facial scrubs?

The frequency that the facial scrub should be applied may vary according to your skin type.
It is not recommended to exfoliate every day.

In any case, it is not recommended to exfoliate every day as the abrasiveness of the product can damage the most superficial layer of the skin, leaving it sensitive and even damaged. For combination and oily skin, the ideal is to exfoliate twice a week. Sensitive skin should be exfoliated once a week, as well as dry skin.

Why is it not recommended to use body exfoliator on the face?

The skin on our face is much more delicate and sensitive than the skin on our body. Therefore, it is not indicated to use body scrub on the face. The body scrubs are formulated with more abrasive granules, which are able to remove dead cells and impurities of this thicker skin and using them on the delicate skin of the face can create injuries. In addition, facial scrubs have components that treat the skin on your face, such as salicylic acid for those with acne-prone skin, or plant extracts to soothe sensitive skin. That way, it's best to invest in the facial scrub that will meet your skin's specific needs. After all, a good scrub does much more than just remove dead skin cells - think of it as part of a facial care routine.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of facial scrubs?

The biggest advantage of a facial scrub is that it cleanses deeply and removes dead skin cells and impurities in a way that regular facial soap cannot. This makes the skin look healthy, clean and virile. Exfoliating frequently reduces wrinkles and fine lines and helps unclog clogged pores and ingrown hairs. Exfoliating prepares the skin for other treatments, enhancing the effect of creams and serums. The downside is that exfoliation ends up becoming one more step in your beauty routine, besides the fact that some products have a high price, especially the bloggers' and celebrities' favourites, which end up gaining the status of a desire product.

  • Cleanses deeply, removing impurities and dead cells
  • Frequent use reduces wrinkles and expression lines
  • Unclogs clogged pores and ingrown hairs
  • Improves the skin's absorption power, preparing it for other treatments
  • It is one more step in the beauty routine and takes up more time
  • Occupies time
  • Some products have high value

How to use facial scrubs?

Each exfoliator has its own particularities and the ideal is to read the manufacturer's instructions. However, most products should be used in the same way as a liquid soap. Simply wet your face and apply a little scrub to your hands. Then apply the product to the face, massaging in circular movements without using too much force so as not to cause injury. Concentrate on the most problematic areas, mainly forehead, cheeks and chin, avoiding the eye area. Finally, rinse your face with plenty of water and pat dry with a towel.

 Homem lavando o rosto com água abundante.

Remember to rinse your face well to remove well the facial scrub Source: vargazs / Pixabay)

What care should I take when using facial scrub?

The first care you should take when using facial scrub is to obey the frequency of use according to your skin type. In case you still have any doubts, go back to the topic "How often should I use facial scrubs?". Remember: exaggerating in the applications can end up hurting your face. Another important thing: don't scrub hard! Don't forget that exfoliating the skin is one of the steps to healthy skin. You should maintain a complete beauty routine, using facial soap specific for your skin type, tonic, facial masks and serums.

Moisturizer deserves a separate paragraph: even if your skin is oily or acneic, it is essential to have a good facial moisturizer. First, because having oily skin doesn't mean it's hydrated. Second, because exfoliation can create a rebound effect. We explain: your skin realizes that the oil is removed frequently and starts to work even harder to replace what was taken away from it. To prevent this from happening, apply a moisturizer specifically for your skin type twice a day. Finally, invest in a good facial sunscreen - after all, the superficial layer of your skin is more sensitive and exposed to the sunrays. The use of sunscreen prevents burns and blemishes.

Where to buy and how much does a facial scrub cost?

It is possible to find facial scrubs of well known brands, such as Neutrogena, for about $ 30 in large pharmacy chains or in the hygiene aisles of large markets. There are many options of facial exfoliators of dermocosmetics laboratories, usually found in pharmacies or perfumeries. These options can be more expensive, around GBP$ 8, but they are of great quality. Finally, we have imported options in perfumeries, which can exceed GBP$ 26. Now, if you prefer practicality and many purchase options, you can find several facial scrubs in online shops like Amazon and Submarino. Attention to the freight, which can raise the final price.

Purchase Criteria: Factors to Compare Types of Facial Scrubs

Now, let's take a look at the most important points that you should analyse before making your buying decision. That way, you will get the best facial scrub for your needs. The main factors to compare the types of facial scrubs are:

  • Skin type
  • Exfoliating power
  • Texture
  • Product composition

We will explain each of them better below:

Skin type

To avoid making a mistake when choosing a facial scrub, take your skin type into consideration. There are facial scrubs for oily, acne-prone, combination, sensitive, dry skin and even products specially formulated for men's skin that help after shaving.

 Frutas, ervas, óleos essenciais em uma mesa de madeira.

The more natural ingredients your exfoliator has, the better! (Source: kerdkanno / Pixabay)

Exfoliating power

The exfoliating power of a facial scrub has to do with its granules. There are larger, more abrasive granules and softer granules. It's a matter of taste, but a good tip is to avoid very abrasive exfoliants if your skin is sensitive. Men's skin can handle stronger exfoliators and the larger granules help to remove hair.


A facial scrub basically works like liquid soap with small pebbles, which are the granules. And here, the texture will also depend on the type of skin. Generally, products indicated for oily, acneic or combination skin tend to be a gel or soap with a watery texture. Facial scrubs for dry or sensitive skin, on the other hand, are more moisturizing, and their texture may resemble a denser cream and some may even have an oily background.

Product composition

When you're choosing your facial scrub, it's well worth paying attention to the little letters in the product's composition. This is because each product is formulated to meet the specific needs of each skin type. Generally, manufacturers put the information of the most significant active ingredients on the label.

Did you know that it is always better to invest in products with the highest percentage of ingredients of natural origin? Another thing: stay away from products with plastic microspheres. The balls are not biodegradable and end up in the stomachs of marine animals when the water is discharged into rivers and oceans

(Featured image source: puhhha / 123RF)