How to Choose the Best Exfoliant for Your Skin Type

How to Choose the Best Exfoliant for Your Skin Type

Here’s everything you ever wanted or needed to know about Mario Badescu exfoliants and how to use them.

Sun protection, daily moisturization, and proper water intake are
all crucial in achieving glowing skin, but the secret—the extra oomph—that
can take your skin (and your skin care) to the next level is regular
. A smooth, even base is what we’re all after, so to achieve it,
it’s essential that you remove the dead skin cells and any pore-clogging dirt,
oil, or makeup that can build up over time. Doing so not only boosts clarity
and improves skin tone, but also ensures that your skin can better absorb any
products applied afterwards.

The key, however, is to exercise exfoliation in moderation. Too
much scrubbing or overuse of exfoliating acids can dry out and irritate the
skin. Limit it to one to three times a week, as per our aestheticians. If you


Exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Try:

  • Almond
    & Honey Face Scrub
    if you’re on the sensitive or ultra-parched side; it’s a gentle,
    creamy exfoliator infused with nourishing oils and purifying minerals.
  • Rolling
    Cream Peel with A.H.A.
    , which combines manual and chemical exfoliation in a unique, mild
    formula. It highlights Lactic Acid and Peach Extract to help improve uneven
    skin tone, and any dead skin cells simply roll away. Plus—a blend of Shea
    Butter and Vitamin E replenishes skin for a softer, smoother, brighter complexion.


Exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Try:

  • Strawberry
    Face Scrub
    if you love the creaminess of Almond & Honey Face Scrub, but your
    skin craves a little more of that rejuvenating zing. This sweet, fruit-based
    exfoliant features real Strawberry Seeds to buff away dulling dead skin cells.
  • Botanical
    Exfoliating Scrub
    if you’re partial to a gel-based, physical exfoliant. This one
    features finely ground Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds for an invigorating scrub-down.
    (Be gentle on your skin, though—use gentle yet firm pressure!)
  • Glycolic
    Foaming Cleanser
    if you prefer an acid exfoliator. Use this in place of your daily
    cleanser for a rejuvenating deep clean.


Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Try:

  • Kiwi
    Face Scrub
    for an ultra-refreshing pick-me-up. Because Kiwi Seeds are
    smaller and firmer than Strawberry Seeds, this is the exfoliant we recommend
    for anyone who loves a fruity, rejuvenating scrub.
  • Botanical
    Exfoliating Scrub
    is the perfect alternative to Kiwi Face Scrub if you like physical
    exfoliators, but prefer a light, gel base that rinses clean.
  • Glycolic
    Foaming Cleanser
    is a best-selling favorite for a reason: it brightens, resurfaces,
    and refines to help improve the overall look of skin.


Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Try:

  • Botanical
    Exfoliating Scrub
    polishes and invigorates for fresh, soft skin. Unlike our
    cream-based exfoliants—which are designed to leave behind a nourishing veil of
    hydration, Botanical Exfoliating Scrub has a lightweight, gel base that rinses
    off without a hint of residue.
  • Glycolic
    Foaming Cleanser
    if you’re partial to a resurfacing face wash. Use this up to
    three times a week as a supplemental cleanser to get that feel-good deep clean.


Exfoliate 3 times a week. Try:

  • Glycolic
    Foaming Cleanser
    a few times a week in place of your daily face wash, or…
  • Acne
    Facial Cleanser
    if you’re prone to T-zone congestion. Use it 2-3 times a week as
    you would Glycolic Foaming Cleanser—in place of your daily face wash—to give
    your skin a clarifying, pore-cleansing boost.


Focus on clarifying your skin first. Which means:

  • Using Acne
    Facial Cleanser
    twice daily. Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid
    highly touted for its ability to help rid the skin of dead skin cells—whose accumulation
    can cause congestions or lead to breakouts.
  • Do NOT use physical exfoliants while you’re experiencing active
    breakouts: they can irritate or tear at blemishes.
  • Once your skin is relatively clear, you can start incorporating Glycolic
    Foaming Cleanser
    into your weekly regimen to help diminish any uneven
    skin tone or texture.