Nars Skin Double Refining Exfoliator (75ml), $55
USING IT: The gel scrub contains botanical exfoliating spheres and mild citrus-fruit acids. It didn’t give my skin a scratchy sensation, but it took longer to wash off than the other products tested. THE EFFECT: The usual dry patches on my face didn’t feel dried-out, and my skin felt baby-soft and smooth. I liked the pleasant, subtle rose scent it left, too.