How To

How to exfoliate your face

Exfoliation is an important part of your skincare routine. Over time, dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, which results in a dulled, grey appearance. Exfoliation is a process that gently removes these dead skin cells to leave you with skin that looks fresh and revitalised.

As well as removing dead skin cells, exfoliation can increase collagen production, so the skin looks plump and healthy. Add in the fact that it helps clear blocked pores, and it’s easy to see why exfoliation is seen as a skincare essential.

Steps to take to exfoliate the face

One of the best things about exfoliation is how easy it is to do at home. There are hundreds of products to choose from, all with various ingredients to support your quest for healthy, happy, glowing skin.

It’s important to use exfoliants with care and monitor your skin for any irritation. All our products have clear instructions, and if you’re not sure which one to choose, then our Live Chat is on hand to help.

It’s super important to follow up exfoliation with a top-notch moisturiser to minimise irritation and moisture loss.

Products to use

You’ll find a terrific range of exfoliants at RY. Some are specially formulated for your body, and others are suitable for the more delicate skin on your face. It’s important to choose a product that suits your skin and is designed for either face or body. Here’s some of our favourites.

1. Skinstitute Glycolic Scrub 200ml
2. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7 Toning Solution 240ml
3. asap Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub
4. The Kora Organic Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening and Exfoliating Mask


First up is the Skinstitute Glycolic peel. This is a super-concentrated product that marries the power of tea tree oil with AHAs and jojoba beads to create a scrub that is perfect for controlled skin renewal. Used once or twice a week, this refined scrub is perfect for anyone who wants to make exfoliation a regular part of their skincare routine.


Famous for offering superb clinical solutions for your skin, The Ordinary has developed a glycolic peel that marries Tasmanian pepper berry, ginseng root and soothing aloe with glycolic acid to create a product that will leave your skin radiant and smooth. Just a heads up though, it’s really important to make sure you use top quality sun protection alongside this product and follow the directions to the letter.


At RY, we’re big fans of Aussie brand asap and they’ve come up trumps with this super gentle daily exfoliating scrub. It’s designed to be used every day, so there are no worries about it being too harsh or causing irritation – with this product, it’s easy to make exfoliation part of your skincare routine.


The Kora Organic Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening and Exfoliating Mask is a fab multi-purpose product. It brings together a smorgasbord of gorgeous organic ingredients like organic turmeric, peppermint, rosehips, and papaya to create a scrub that works to reduce sebum build-up and clear congested pores. The result is skin that’s bright, clear, smooth, and healthy. It’s really easy to use and works its magic in just 15 minutes, so you’ll be able to make it part of your regular skincare regime. The mask is gentle enough for most skin types and can be used two to three times a week so your skin will stay in tip-top condition.

Top tips for using exfoliants

Like any skincare product, it’s important to follow the directions supplied. Don’t be tempted to use different types of product all at once and be sure to take care to use a high SPF sunscreen to ensure your skin is protected, as well as being super smooth.



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A coffee addicted, YouTube obsessed Libran, I absolutely live and breathe all things beauty! I love to try new products and find myself switching things up regularly, as I continue on my ultimate quest to find the perfect flawless base and skin-care regime.

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