The Exfoliating Handbook For Men

Exfoliating your skin makes sense. Not only will it remove dead skin cells, but it will also maximise the effect of the products you’re already using because it will ensure you’re not layering them on top of dead skin cells. And guess what, you don’t have to exfoliate every day. Most men only need to exfoliate twice a week.

There are a few different kinds of exfoliators, but the easiest to use is a scrub. A face scrub provides mechanical exfoliating through the use of beads or granules to physically remove dead cells from the surface of your skin. So with the right face scrub, you’ll cultivate a truly gleaming mug.

How frequently should an exfoliator be used?

Unlike a facial cleanser, which should be used daily, exfoliating should be done twice a week. If you have really sensitive skin, only do it once. Face scrubs offer a more thorough cleansing procedure, leaving you with clean, healthy skin. If you use it every day, you’ll wind up scraping away at perfectly healthy skin, causing irritation and possibly blemishes.

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How to use an exfoliating scrub

Begin by squeezing a pea-sized amount onto your fingertip and spreading it evenly across your fingers. Then, apply it to your face in circular movements. A gentle scrub is all that is required for the exfoliator to work. Avoid forcefully rubbing the product into your skin. This will produce microtears and may lead to inflammation. Scrub for no more than 15 to 30 seconds, then rinse your face.

Here are some face scrubs to help you on your way to a smoother face…

Exfoliating for men

Clinique All About Clean 2-In-1 Charcoal Mask + Scrub

This two-in-one formula can be used as either a face scrub or detoxifying mask, which moisturises as well as purifies the skin. It combines both bamboo charcoal and kaolin clay to ensure dead skin cells are toast. 

Elemis Superfood Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator

It’s made with sustainably produced blackcurrant scrub particles, a by-product of the French and Polish juicing industries. It will gently cleanse the skin of dulling dead cells, revealing a  smooth and bright complexion.

Exfoliating for men

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Scrub

Like your daily morning brew, give your dull skin a pick-me-up with this caffeine-infused face scrub. Citrus extracts and menthol also revitalise and energise the skin, even on bad days.

Erborian Black Scrub

The best thing about this scrub is that it acts as a triple-action exfoliating, purifying, and hydrating mask. The mix of charcoal power, recognised in Korea for its mattifying characteristics, makes it a good product to have in your grooming arsenal.

Origins GinZing Scrub Cleanser

This face scrub contains panax ginseng and caffeine from coffee beans. Furthermore, naturally produced jojoba and carnauba wax gently exfoliate to aid in the unclogging of pores. Plus, the energising scent of grapefruit, lemon, and spearmint feels refreshing.

Exfoliating for men

Clarins Comfort Scrub

The exfoliating cream-gel texture removes impurities and dead skin cells with two different sized natural wood cellulose beads. The bigger beads exfoliate the skin, while the tiny beads improve the texture. 

Before you go, tell us, are you a fan of exfoliating and, if so, how often do you do it?


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