It’s January – a time for resolutions, detoxing, dieting and upping your skincare game. Want to know the secret to giving your skin the #newyearnewme glow? Exfoliating. If your skin has taken a post-holiday hit and is dull and lacklustre, this is your new skincare essential.

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and not only rejuvenates your complexion but clears it of any clogged-up impurities. However, when buying an exfoliator, it’s important that you know your skin type, so you don’t choose one that may irritate your skin or cause redness or breakouts. So, whether you’re dry or sensitive, oily or a little bit in between, we’ve got the perfect guide to exfoliators for every skin type.

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Dry or sensitive skin needs an exfoliator that’s soothing and won’t cause skin irritation. Avoid products with a high quantity of micro-beads as they could be too harsh, and go for those with natural and nourishing ingredients such as coconut. Steer clear of scrubs that have high alcohol quantities. We recommend you exfoliate once or twice a week. 

Simple Simple Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub 75ml £1.69 Buy Now
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For those of you with an oily complexion, exfoliating can be your best friend. It helps to clear away excess oils, which may be clogging your pores. Look for products that contain acids, in particular glycolic acid, which helps to remove the top layer of dead skin cells from your complexion. With oily skin, you can exfoliate four or five times a week.

Nip+Fab Skincare Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Mask £2.69 Buy Now
Garnier Pure Active Pure Active Intensive Blackhead Exfoliating Face Scrub 150ml £2.44 Buy Now


For a combination of dry and oily skin, it’s best to choose an exfoliator formulated for oily skin but to use it in a slightly different way. Apply it in the area of your face that’s oily – usually the T-zone and chin – and then gently massage the excess product into the rest of your face. After exfoliating, apply a nourishing moisturiser to areas prone to dryness. We recommend exfoliating once or twice a week.

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With a normal complexion, there’s a lot of variety in the products you can choose, but the key to maintaining a healthy glow is not over-exfoliating, which can inflame and harm your skin. Explore the way your skin reacts to products such as peels and sugar scrubs, and find what works best with your complexion. Try travel-size minis to test out a product before you commit to full size. We recommend with normal skin you exfoliate two or three times a week.

St. Ives St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Face Scrub 30ml £1.50 Buy Now