We like how exfoliating powders feel like foamy cleansers but function as physical exfoliators to unclog pores, get rid of dead skin cells and accelerate skin renewal. They’re a go-to option if facial scrubs with seeds and shells, and chemical peels with their acid solutions, are too harsh for you.
Suitable for all skin types, these powders, upon contact with water, transform into a foamy lather that doesn’t tug at skin.
The latest paraben-free offerings include: (From top) Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder ($60), a dailyuse bamboo charcoal-based powder with ne walnut shells that cleanses and exfoliates so you can skip the cleanser; the nely milled Dior Hydra Life Time To Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder ($73) with sugar extract and lotus seeds, for weekly use; and Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant ($114), which has binchotan charcoal powder to absorb impurities while rice bran, enzymes and lactic acid cleanse and smooth without drying out skin even when used daily.
Dior Hydra Life Time To Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder dissolves completely to form a creamy lather and leaves a pleasant, subtle oral scent on your skin. The Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant also has anti-pollution properties; it has an antioxidant that is said to prevent pollution particles from sticking to skin. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder leaves skin feeling and smelling minty-fresh with its blend of essential oils.