Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone to town scrubbing your skin with a microbead-laden face wash every. Multiple times a week. (Shout out to Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub.) We’ve admittedly got our hand raised high, and yes, we’re cringing, too.
By now, we know that plastic microbeads aren’t just bad for our skin, they’re also harmful to the environment (all those tiny plastic particles wash into our water systems and never decompose). But what if you, like us, miss that satisfying scrubbing feeling? Turns out, there are plenty of exfoliants out there that are not only safer for our planet, but also much more effective at gently sloughing off that outer layer of dead skin to unearth younger, glowier cells.
How do you know which kind of exfoliator is best for your skin? Or how often you should be exfoliating? We turned to the experts (i.e., dermatologists and estheticians) to get to the bottom of it. Here, three of them weigh in on everything you ever wanted to know about exfoliating.