Exfoliating your face using a product like a scrub is key for vibrant, glowing skin at any age, yet nearly half of women revealed they skip this step in their skincare routine, according to a Good Housekeeping survey. "Exfoliation is the process of removing dead cells in the stratum corneum, the top layer of skin, to increase cell turnover," explains Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek. Exfoliating can make skin appear smoother, brighter, clearer, and more radiant, both immediately and over time.
GH Beauty Lab scientists test face scrubs and exfoliators both in the Lab using technical instruments and on consumer testers across the country with all skin types. After rounding up the best face scrubs across price points, our scientists pre-screen the scrubs by evaluating their ability to remove full-coverage foundation in order to gauge deep-cleansing efficacy.
We then label-mask the products and distribute them to hundreds of testers, who use them as part of their skincare routine. Testers report their feedback on ease of use (scent, cleanliness, irritation, level of exfoliation), plus effectiveness in removing dirt, oil, and impurities, making skin feel softer and smoother and look brighter and more radiant, and reducing the appearance of pores. In the Beauty Lab's most recent test, 1,375 survey data points were tallied to find the best face scrubs out there.