Top 5 Facial Exfoliators for Dry/Flaky Skin

18 June 2013

I would describe my skin as being oily/combination - oily T-zone, nose, chin and what can often prove to be extremely annoying dry patches (normally on my cheeks/forehead). I do all that I can to deal with the oily side of things by sticking with oil-free skincare products and through using a matte primer underneath the make-up that I wear - all of which seems to be working quite well for me.

The dry side of things however, is a whole different ball game and has taken me a lot longer to master.  Obviously when it comes to dry skin one of the most important things to ensure is that you keep it well moisturised and so in addition to the products I am about to mention this is also something that you will need to consider. Fingers crossed though - through the use of this lovely lot, I think I may have finally managed to banish the problem and the flakey foundation that comes with it (bleurgh!). 

First off - the two budget buys - both from St Ives. The Gentle Apricot Facial Scrub is a lovely option for those with more sensitive skin (or if it's just a mild exfoliation that you're after). It smells amazing and for the price tag you really can't go wrong. Equally lovely is the Elements Olive Scrub which I actually picked up on a whim - drawn in by my love of olives and the fact that I am already a big fan of the apricot version. The consistency of this is somewhat different to the apricot though as instead of the small beads found in the latter, this one actually contains slightly larger - what I would describe as being crystals - and as you would perhaps expect, it is a lot oilier - thus far more moisturising. 

On the opposite end of the scale are the REN Products - definitely more pricey, but completely worth it in my opinion at least - with noticeably better ingredients and results. They are without doubt my favourite of the bunch. Both are relatively recent purchases but have literally changed my skin for the better to such a degree that I just couldn't resist mentioning them. The Jojoba Microbead Purifying Facial Polish is currently a contender for my favourite skincare product of all time - big statement I know, but here's why; Apart from the fact that it smells so amazing (an incredibly invigorating minty scent), it does the best job of getting rid of any dead skin cells lurking on my face - I have never felt my skin so smooth and soft and if you suffer with similar issues to myself then I would highly recommend giving it a go. The Micro Polish Cleanser does an equally fabulous job when it comes to the achieving what is effectively the very same thing. In fact, having tried both products I would in hindsight, probably only have picked up the one as they both provide almost identical results. If you are a fan of the much talked about Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask then you may want to plump for the cleanser as it has the same gorgeous orangey/citrusy scent. Personally though, I like how refreshing the polish is and for me it gives it the edge between the two products. 

And finally, I thought I would give an honourable mention to the Nude Miracle Mask - a product that I have previously raved about on here and shall continue to do so forever more as I am such a big fan. An exfoliating mask that you simply massage in, leave on for a minute or so, rinse off and voila! Flakiness gone and radiance shines through. I use it sparingly due to the super steep price tag, though it's a lovely treat to indulge in on a Sunday night so that you can feel shiny and new in time for the Monday morning ahead.


  1. I find it so difficult to find products that really suit dry skin especially exfoliaters as I find them to be harsh but I'm gonna try the REN ones, they sound really good.

  2. I love a good exfoliator, thanks for the reviews, I haven't seen the Ren before, I'll totally keep an eye out for it! It is really hard to get exfoliators that are kind to dry skin.


  3. Such a helpful post, I have oily/combination skin too, such a pain trying out exfoliations, I do like the olive scrub by st. Ives though - works well for the dry parts of my face. Must give REN products a try now (:

  4. will definitely try out the St.Ives products, I've used the apricot scrub too and I love it

    Lots of Luv from Sam

  5. I have the St. Ives Tea Tree Scrub and I find it works a little better for my really dry skin. For some reason the Apricot one dries out my skin even more. I'll look into the REN products, heard great reviews from them :)

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

  6. I really want to try out those ren products :D

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  9. Great post! I'm always looking for new and better products to try!

  10. I have dry and flakey skin due to eczema and I found that the best scrub for my skin is the Clinique 7 day facial scrub - LOVE it but I might have to try the REN polish, I have tried a few products from REN and they have been fantastic x

  11. The St Ives Apricot scrub is a top favourite of mine when it comes to budget skincare. Lovely post xoxo

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  15. I love the St Ives apricot exfoliator - it smells amazing! Great post, will definitely be picking up St Ives elements scrub! Lovely blog by the way!
    Rachael x
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