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These are the 16 best-rated face scrubs for younger-looking skin

According to reviews.
by TODAY Style /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY
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Face Scrubs

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Newsflash: If it's glowing and radiant skin you're after, you need to exfoliate. After all, it's exfoliation that apparently keeps Pharrell Williams looking ridiculously young (he's almost 45!).

According to doctors Gina and Sid Dinesh, dermatologists in Beverly Hills, California, adding exfoliation to your skin care routine helps the natural shedding process of skin and encourages healthier, smoother, more even-toned and clearer skin. Some of the big beauty benefits? Acne prevention, smaller pores, wrinkle reduction — and it even helps all those fancy (read: spendy) moisturizers actually absorb into the skin.

But it can be overwhelming to sift through the hundreds of scrubs and exfoliation products out there to find the best one, so we've done the work for you. We rounded up a complete list of the best face scrubs according to Total Beauty readers. Now you can say hello to that gorgeous skin just waiting to be revealed.

16. Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub

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Why: Fans of this scrub have been quick to jump to its defense, calling it "one of the great drugstore scrubs." One reader commented that it "leaves my dry skin feeling moisturized instead of tight," which is a rare feat for a scrub with salicylic acid in it. Another reviewer with "extremely sensitive skin" noted that it "does a wonderful job of smoothing skin and improving skin tone and clarity."

This product is also available at Walmart for $6.

15. Lush Ocean Salt Facial and Body Scrub average reader rating: 8.5

Why: Want to feel like you're sipping on a margarita at the beach? Then this vodka-infused scrub is for you. Lush products already have a cult following, and this margarita-scented scrub is no different. Hailed for its "magic" powers to get rid of breakouts, this scrub is "harsh on pimples, but gentle on skin," according to one woman.

"My husband reluctantly bought it (for me), and oddly enough I think he ended up using it more than I did," said another reader. Pro tip: "Adjust the amount of water you use with it to make it stronger or weaker."

14. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub average reader rating: 8.6

Why: Some readers refer to this as "one of the best products" they've ever tried, and "the most luxurious product yet" because it "takes your skin from the doldrums to cat-walk ready in literally minutes." One fan shared that she has used this products for 20 years and "will never use anything else unless they discontinue the line." And with a $4 price tag, this popular product means you don't have to spend a lot to see results.

13. Origins Never A Dull Moment Skin-Brightening Face Polisher with Fruit Extracts average reader rating: 8.8

Why: This "rescue treatment," as one reader calls it, "leaves your skin looking rejuvenated and brightens up the complexion." Aptly named a polisher rather than a scrub, this popular product is "gentle enough for every day use," according to one makeup artist. Some readers even leave it on "like a mask for a few minutes" to "maximize the exfoliating." The only recurring complaint has to do with the product's packaging, a jar in which users must stick their fingers directly into the container.

12. Queen Helene Oatmeal 'n Honey Natural Facial Scrub average reader rating: 8.9

Why: Readers agree that the highlight of this scrub is the ingredient list. Unlike many other cosmetic products, this one is made out of "all things that I can pronounce," according to one fan. However, a great ingredient list isn't all this scrub has to offer. Readers also say that it makes skin smoother and has the ideal texture, and that it leaves skin "butter soft and glowy" because "the little grainy bits are just the right size to gently exfoliate your skin."

This product is also available on Amazon for $6.

11. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Buffing Beads average reader rating: 8.9

Why: Users have consistently praised this scrub for its ability to banish breakouts. One reader even said, "Since I started using this product, I have had no more blackheads or pimples on my face." It has been called "one of the most refreshing experiences you can have" because "you don't feel like you're tearing your face up to exfoliate." The best part? A dime-sized amount goes a long way here, so don't worry about running out too quickly.

This product is on sale at Jet for $20 right now!

10. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

(Editor's note: Ulta is offering a free gift with purchase of this product!) average reader rating: 8.9

Why: Could this be the equivalent of Botox in a bottle? One reader thinks so, claiming she is constantly mistaken for being 10 to 15 years younger thanks to this product. Readers refer to it as "an uplifting, pleasant experience" that "cleanses and smooths even the roughest skin." After a single use, one woman noticed that her pores were smaller in size, and another said it helped diminish the acne scars on her face. Another reader even said this scrub leaves her "screaming for more." Encore, anyone?

This is also available on sale at Amazon for $41.

9. Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash average reader rating: 8.9

Why: A reader that dubs herself the "exfoliating queen" calls this the "microdermabrasion scrub that takes the cake," helping with everything from acne discoloration to dry, rough patches on skin. Readers say this product diminishes sunspots and fine lines, and one woman noticed that the pink in her cheeks returned, putting an end to her "blush-wearing days." One reader called this the "equivalent of microdermabrasion, minus the suffering," while another said she would have paid twice the amount this product costs because of its effectiveness. And it turns out that men enjoy this product, too: One reader's husband uses it, shame-free.

This product is also on sale at Amazon for $25.

8. Arbonne FC5 Exfoliating New Cell Scrub average reader rating: 9.0

Why: If blackheads are your top concern then this exfoliator is meant for you. It's the quintessential "facial in a bottle," as one reader put it. More reviewers said they saw results right away, resulting in glowing skin and unclogged pores. The "very small particles" are gentle enough to use multiple times a week while still leaving users with "a real deep clean feeling."

7. Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub average reader rating: 9.1

Why: Known as being one of the more harsh scrubs on this list, this is perfect for those who want more intense exfoliation. It expertly "deep-cleans and can dislodge blackheads and whiteheads without damaging tender skin." Despite the intensity of the product, readers claim that it leaves your face feeling like "velvet," a "baby's bum" or even a "new skin."

6. ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish average reader rating: 9.1

Why: One "exfoliating junkie" explains that she was hesitant about trying this product, but after testing it out, she found it "actually cleans out the nasty pores and I truly believe they are smaller!" Fans also love the anti-aging qualities, such as the addition of antioxidants in the polish, commenting that it "allow(s) my skin to regenerate." Another reader shared that she uses it on her hands to slough away rough winter calluses.

Today Note: Unfortunately this scrub is so popular that it's sold-out! We'll update this page when it's back in stock.

5. Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

(Editors Note: Ulta is offering a free gift with purchase of this product!) average reader rating: 9.1

Why: Readers love this product for its ability to "exfoliate without redness or irritation," and call it "a super product to whisk away dead skin cells." An added bonus? Several reviewers have noted that it also helps aid in the prevention of breakouts, and as one woman points out, "It leaves skin with a glow that people notice all day."

This is also available on Amazon for $39.

4. Sircuit Skin Sir Activ Zeolite Invigorating Scrub average reader rating: 9.2

Why: "No oil, no dirt, no clogged pores" is the motto when it comes to this scrub. The "pleasing scent" and "gentle yet effective" exfoliating powers come together to leave customers impressed with how well it works. One reader said, "It feels exhilarating and wonderful to have a clean, blemish-free face."

This product is also available at Dermstore for $48.

3. Astara Daily Refining Scrub average reader rating: 9.3

Why: Revered for its natural ingredients, including the nonabrasive sand pieces mixed throughout, this product leaves skin feeling "moisturized" and "fresh," according to reviewers. One reader pointed out that it's a nice product to use in the morning because the "grapefruit and orange essence make it refreshing and invigorating." This scrub is also mild enough for daily use and has had success combating excess oils and hyperpigmentation.

2. Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for Face average reader rating: 9.4

Why: Readers "love that the grains come by itself so you can decide what you want to mix it with" and "make it as rough or gentle as (you) want." Most reviewers suggest mixing the grains with your favorite facial cleanser to get the most out of the product. No matter what you end up using, be prepared to banish "flakiness" that results in "soft and glowy" skin. It may be on the pricier side, but readers agree it is "so worth the price because a little goes a long way."

1. Clean & Clear Morning Burst Skin Brightening Facial Scrub average reader rating: 9.6

Why: This scrub apparently works so well that one woman said, "I wouldn't have believed this can be true if I hadn't tried it myself." Those with oily, breakout-prone skin will appreciate that it is "gentle enough to use every day, but not so gentle that you don't feel the beads deep cleaning your skin." It instantly "freshens up the face and brightens tone," according to one reviewer. The icing on the cake? The zesty lemon smell that "wakes you right up!"

This product is also available on Amazon for $6.

This article was originally published Feb. 3, 2012 on

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