Favorite Face Scrubs + Exfoliators: His and Hers Edition

November 17, 2017

Favorite Face Scrubs and Exfoliators | The Beauty Look Book

Today I have Part 2 of my current skincare routine focused on my favorite face scrubs and exfoliators. This post has an added portion for Andrew’s favorites as several of you mentioned you liked the men’s grooming recommendations I’ve done in the past. I haven’t always been a fan of face scrubs. I’ve found so many too gritty and harsh for my skin but with a lot of trial, error and recommendations from friends and experts I’ve discovered that regular exfoliation has been a major key to maintaining good skin. Both Andrew and I have used each other’s skincare to see what works best. In general ones for men are indeed tougher or more gritty as I think men typically have tougher and thicker skin than women but there are actually some of his skincare items that I like to borrow on a regular basis from Jack Black.

Favorite Face Scrubs for Her

Favorite Face Scrubs and Exfoliators | The Beauty Look Book

My favorite exfoliators are gentle ones. I don’t usually exfoliate everyday unless it’s with a rice powder that’s activated by water. I’ve found scrubs gentle enough for daily use but really find that every other day is enough for me. I’ve used several variations of the Clarisonic including the Mia2 and Mia Fit. I must admit that I’m not the most diligent about using it consistently – especially when traveling. Sometimes having a small bottle or tube of face scrub is just so much easier and convenient. My favorites below plus one that I’ve just started trying:

  • Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator is the newest scrub I’ve tried. I bought it during the Sephora sale because of the high ratings. It has a cream base which makes it less harsh than a lot of scrubs and it works well over wet skin. I like that it’s gentle for me and effective. Skin feels cleaner and smoother. I do think it’s better for oily or combination skin. It has a slight citrus scent that I’m not the biggest fan of. I will use it until the end but don’t know if I’ll repurchase.
    • Ingredients listed here.
  • Kiehl’s Epidermal Micro-Dermabrasion is in my top picks for face scrubs. I thought it would be too harsh based on what I felt on my hands. When applied over a wet face it’s a great scrub. It’s also one Andrew has used and liked. It has crush microshells from the ocean sand, Willow Herb to sooth, shea butter and sea algeanates. Over time with regular use I do believe it helped minimize our pores.
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle is one of my most repurchased face scrubs. It has papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple enzymes reduce pore size, stimulate circulation, and improve oxygen flow. It’s a more gentle version of her regular Exfolikate which sometimes has too much tingle for me. I’ve had both applied on me during Kate Somerville facials which are the best facials I’ve ever had. I recommend any of her products.
    • Ingredients listed here.
  • Laura Mercier Face Polish is one I have in a mini right now but I have bought and used up the full size multiple times. It’s a great all around basic face scrub that does the job well without being too harsh. It does have a grittier texture but there’s a good cream base to balance it. With this one there is a slight almost apricot scent to it. Once you rinse it off you don’t notice it as much. I would say this one is better for normal to dry skin.
    • Ingredients listed here.
  • Fresh Sugar Face Polish is a newer favorite that I suspect will be in my top three. I bought mine in a mini size from the cutest Fresh Mask Wardrobe which I think would make a super cute gift. This scrub is an emollient brown sugar scrub with strawberry seeds that smells like sugary lemons. It’s emollient and leaves the skin feeling well nourished without leaving any oily film or residue. Skin feels super soft and has the smoothest feel out of the scrubs I’ve tried. I 100% recommend and will be getting the full size soon.
    • Ingredients listed here.
  • Sisley-Paris Gentle Facial Buffing Cream is an excellent face scrub that I reviewed here. It’s very pricey but one I think is excellent with one of the best formulas I’ve tried. It is better suited for normal or dry skin types in my opinion. I’ve been trying to use mine as sparingly as possible because it’s so good and I want to make it last as long as I can.
    • Currently working on finding the full ingredient list.
  • Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powders come in different formulas for skin type. I’ve tried all of them and find the difference between them is subtle but still noticeable. Over the summer I used the Deep Polish (green one) but also alternate with the Indigo Soothing Rice (for sensitive skin) and Classic. You can find these in travel sizes online at Tatcha.
  • Clarisonic Mia2 shown in purple is the traditional Clarisonic with the handle. It comes with a compact storage case that doesn’t take up a lot of room making it convenient for travel and it also protects the brush. This helps with gentle exfoliation and the sonic facial brush cleanses the skin up to 6 times better than hands alone. I do think it does a better job at keeping skin clear and washing the face than hands. It’s just one more step in the routine that I skip when I’m rushed in the mornings or feel tired at night.

Favorite Exfoliators for Andrew

Men's Face Scrubs and Exfoliators | The Beauty Look Book

Andrew and I are really close in age. He has thicker skin than I do. His main concerns are primarily related to sun damage and sun spots. His skin type is normal to oily and with the Florida heat and humidity his skin has become more oily. Out of all the skincare he’s tried he feels daily exfoliation is the one thing that has improved his skin (or rather to maintain clear smooth skin). There are four he’s tried recently, his favorite is the same no matter what he tries (ones for men or even mine). In general his two favorite skincare lines are Kiehl’s and Jack Black. I’ve bought him numerous skincare gift sets over the years and that’s how he’s discovered what he’s liked.

  • Away has brought back their Minis for the holiday! You can buy the Mini Suitcase Individually, as a Gift Set (there are multiple options) or as a Gift Card Set. I’d recommend ordering soon as they are selling out really fast. I was lucky to get my hands on a few over the past year and absolutely love them for travel.
    • You can see my review on their Bigger Carry On here. Regular Carry On here.
  • Kiehl’s Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser is something I bought for him because he likes multi-tasking products and I thought this could be a good 2-in-1 scrub. Turns out he says it’s more like a cleansing cream with tiny beads but not really a scrub. It’s supposed to double as a mask that you can leave on to help exfoliate skin. He says it’s not bad, he just doesn’t love it and feels like it’s a knock-off of the Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser which is another one of his staple go-to’s.
    • Ingredients listed here.
  • Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub is his favorite face scrub. He’s tried to convert me to loving this as much as he does. I do like it a lot and have used it many times. It has fine particles, methol and vitamin c to invigorate the skin and help prepare it for shaving. He finds this helps clear up congested pores the best and helps prevent breakouts.
  • Kiehl’s Epidermal Micro-Dermabrasion (also shown above in my review) is one Andrew thought he liked the most, but after going back to his Jack Black decided that was his favorite. This one is good according to him but he likes something with more grit to exfoliate more.
    • Ingredients listed here.
  • Clarisonic Alpha Fit is something Andrew was diligent about using every day in the shower until we moved and started living the nomadic life in August. After moving month to month exploring and traveling he stopped using it and opted for face scrubs instead. In case you missed it our six months in Florida post here.

A few other favorites of his shown but that aren’t scrubs include the Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Cleanser, Molton Brown Russian Leather Eau de Toilette, Creed Aventus for Men.

That wraps up our favorite face exfoliators of the moment! What are your favorites?

Press samples featured include the Sisley Gentle Face Scrub, Away Mini Suitcase, Molton Brown Russian Leather.

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  • Glenda November 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Having sensitive and finicky skin, I’m positively TERRIFIED of scrubs and exfoliators. Once I used one and my skin was littered with little purply dots allover. I shudder.
    I got a Clarisonic brush over a month ago, still haven’t mustered the courage to try it out. I’m such a chicken.

    Moving on, your pictures are always so elegant and beautiful, even ethereal? I just complimented your shelfie on Instagram… hahah

    • Jennifer Jones November 17, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      I recently bought the Mia2, it has different brushes and is very soft. Normally my skin is sensitive and I’ve had no issues using it. It’s actually helped soften my skin!

      Tatcha Rice Enzyme will be super effective for you if you’re sensitive; it takes away flakes without harshness.

      • Glenda November 17, 2017 at 9:54 pm

        Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this comment! πŸ™‚
        I’ll take a look at that product you mentioned! I have to start taking baby steps, I feel… hehe.
        But thanks again. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • BeautyLookBook November 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Glenda! The Clarisonic has different brushes, if you have finicky skin try the cashmere brush heads, they are ultra soft.

  • Kamilla November 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I have sensitive skin and I love to exfoliate! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • nic November 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I mainly use chemical exfoliation. I do use Tatcha and Kanebo Silk Peeling Powder for a gentle wash though and a light exfoliation. I try to use chemicals or retinol maybe 3 times a week at most.

  • Collar Wilson November 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Sisley Paris Gentle Facial Buffing Cream ingredients:
    Water, paraffin, kaolin, glyceryl stearate, polyethylene, bentonite, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, PPG-5-ceteth-10 phosphate, triethanolamine, fragrance (parfum), phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, sorbic acid, tetrasodium edta.

  • Olga Olis November 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I love the ordinary AHA BHA chemical peeling mask and the wishtrend green tea and enzyme wash! Gentle exfolition all the way! Wonderful post!

  • Jennifer Jones November 17, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Not on topic, but is that Tom Ford Fire Lust? It’s literally sitting in my cart on Sephora. I’m undecided. I’m afraid it might be too peach for my light complexion, I have yellow undertones.

    • BeautyLookBook November 18, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Yes, it’s Fire Lust – I have yellow undertones and it’s not too peachy!

  • Yvonne Ashon November 17, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    great post.

  • Jenn E November 17, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    The Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powders have been on my wish list for a while. I’m intrigued by the rice enzyme aspect, and I love that it’s not too abrasive (as you mentioned)! #beautylookbook

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Love the Tatcha for something super gentle, it’s technically more of a cleanser but I use them as scrubs πŸ™‚

  • Erin Russell November 18, 2017 at 6:02 am

    The Kiehls looks like such a good alrounder, I didn’t even think to have a look at it – but I will now, it sounds fab!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • BeautyLookBook November 18, 2017 at 9:36 am

      It’s definitely a good one πŸ™‚

  • Bex November 18, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I’ve been using the Silk Therapeutics recovery peel, their ingredients are really good and gentle but it gets the job done. Really nice for when it’s winter here in the Northeast and my skin is chapped – dry AND super sensitive! #beautylookbook

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Glaf you’ve got a favorite πŸ™‚

  • Elena November 18, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I used to use coffee as a scrub, but lately I’ve been so busy and didn’t have enough time to take care of myself πŸ™ #beautylookbook

  • Maritess November 18, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    It is so nice to read reviews of products for both men and women. Thanks for doing this. #beautylookbook

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Of course! Glad you liked the post.

  • tasa November 20, 2017 at 4:04 am

    So glad to see the Sisley scrub getting love–it’s been a favorite of mine for years. I agree it’s pricey but the Sisley SAs are super generous with samples so that eases the sting somewhat.

  • Carolina November 20, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Have to try some of those scrubs! xx

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

  • Mary O'Hara November 21, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Those Mini Aways are so cute! I noticed that you have a light pink one in your other posts. Is it hard to keep the outside clean? What’s the interior like?

  • Summer Bummer November 28, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    When will you post your next skincare favorites (like moisturizers, eye cream, etc)? I’ve been really loving these series :).