Time to scrub up

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

A weekly (or bi-weekly) exfoliation is absolutely essential for sloughing off dead and dry skin cells, and leaving you with a luminous glow. But how do you know which scrub is for you? We’ve compiled a list of six exfoliators for you to consider, to make your shopping a little bit easier:


REN Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, R340
Good for: Sensitive skin. This is a very gentle way of exfoliating, and won’t leave you red or uncomfortable. It contains jojoba microbeads that gently buff the skin’s surface while the cleanser removes make-up and impurities.

NIVEA Daily Essentials Skin Refining Scrub, R54.99
Good for: Balancing the skin. If you worry about an exfoliator drying your skin, this is a good one to try. Filled with vitamin E and Hydra IQ, it won’t disturb the skin’s moisture balance, nor cause dehydration. It’s got lovely fresh scent that’ll invigorate the skin too!

Juliette Armand Elements 06 Dermabrasion Gel, R320
Good for: Anti-ageing. This alumina crystal and bamboo grain-filled scrub smoothes wrinkles and helps reduce pigmentation. Plus it comes in a handy 50ml tube that’s perfect for holidays and overnight bags.

Mio Double Buff Dual Action Enzyme Exfoliator, R500
Good for: All over body smoothing. Filled with fruit enzymes, pumice, lava, bamboo and papaya, this super strength formula does its job in just 30 seconds! Skin is left soft and smooth, and looking dewy. Plus it contains natural moisturisers to hydrate and nourish the skin.

Yardley Oatmeal Spot Clear Exfoliating Scrub, R69.95
Good for: Blemishes and breakouts. The soap-free formula doesn’t irritate or aggravate existing spots, and helps control oil production, which in turn minimises breakouts. Blackheads get the boot with the active ingredient AC.NET. It’s super affordable, so a great product for anyone in their teens who start with a daily skincare regime.

SKNLOGIC Exfoliate Enzymatic, R134
Good for: Those who prefer natural products. Free from harsh ingredients, this scrub is granule-free and infused with hydrating papaya extract. It’s suitable for all skin types but most effective on mature, sensitive and problematic skins.

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Sheethal Dajee

    I need to find an exfoliator that I like. I have tried the Nivea, but to me it is a bit too gentle. I prefer exfoliators that are more granular in texture, as opposed to ones that are softer.

    4 years ago •

  1. Samantha Williams

    I need to get me of these products. My skin is very sensitive, I can’t even use wet wipes. I’ve tried the Sorbet Hydro day and night but I need something else. need to give this a try,

    4 years ago •


    i’m having trouble finding a good scrub because everything seems too harsh for my skin. Will give these ones a try.

    4 years ago •

  1. Marelke

    I love how my skin feels after exfoliating!

    4 years ago •

  1. Reonette Fourie

    I enjoy the Nivea brand. It suits my dehydrated, dry skin. I will definitely get the NIVEA Daily Essentials Skin Refining Scrub.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sharon Venter

    I use the African Extracts Rooibos facial scrub and I am very happy with it.

    4 years ago •

  1. Chantelle Thompson

    I just recently started using the Skin Logic and I love it

    4 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I love the Nivea Daily essential scrub it leaves my skin feeling fresh and radiant

    4 years ago •

  1. Kate Naudé

    I am a big fan of Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturising Micro-Dermabrasion. This is a rough scrub- so if you have sensitive skin, it might not be your cup of tea. I personally love an exfoliator that I can literally feel scrub away the dead skins cells! The end result with this scrub is a beautifully smooth skin. Retail price is around R450, I think.
    ANOTHER great exfoliator which is slightly cheaper (around R350) is Clinique’s Exfoliating Scrub. Again, this is a more abrasive scrub but it leaves your skin feels super soft.

    4 years ago •

  1. Ingrid Peters

    Enzymatic exfoliators are best if your pocket and skin can handle them. If you prefer mechanical exfoliators use one with jojoba microbeads/wax or other natural exfoliants as many others especially cheaper ones contain plastic microbeads of polyethylene (PE) or other synthetics that you’re just literally washing down the drain into the natural water systems.

    4 years ago •

  1. Cookie Nandlall

    Currently I am using the Yardley Oatmeal Spot clear. I have acne break outs. Its been a week and have not seen any major improvement as it is still early stages. Reasonably priced.

    4 years ago •

  1. Gamieldien

    I am using the Ponds Multi Action Spot Clear foaming scrub as an exfoliator at the moment which has been working well for me. It is really affordable and amazing to use!

    4 years ago •

  1. Nixxi

    Enzyme exfoliating delivers the best results, the enzymes digest all the dead skin cells, skin looks instantly rejuvenated!

    4 years ago •

  1. Geraldine Fynn-Green

    Exfoliating is one of my favorite beauty steps because the results are usually instant and it helps all the other products work better. I’ve started using enzyme type exfoliators because I notice I tend to go overboard with the scrubs sometimes. The SKNLOGIC and Juliette Armand Elements 06 Dermabrasion Gel look great.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sibongile Khumalo

    I would like to try the Dermabrasion gel or exfoliating cleanser. Hope it won’t leave me bruised

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I would like to try the SKNLOGIC Exfoliate but all of these will assist the texture of the skin.

    4 years ago •

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