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10 Gentle Face Scrubs That Are Great For Sensitive Skin

Exfoliating is important because as you get older, your cell turnover slows down, leading to a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface. This will cause your complexion to feel rougher and appear duller, two big boo-boos when it comes to beauty.

The only problem is, scrubbing can irritate sensitive or delicate complexions, leading to other complications like redness and inflammation. These scrubs help to gently buff away impurities and dead skin cells, while nourishing and hydrating so as to keep your complexion calm and healthy, giving you the best of both worlds.

Chock-full of skin loving ingredients, they will leave even sensitive complexions looking and feeling more refined, softer, supple, fresh and radiant.

#1: Arcona Brightening Gommage, $71, Sephora
This two-in-one brightening gommage promotes deep exfoliation while visibly improving skin’s clarity, tone and texture. It minimises the appearance of scarring with L-ascorbic acid and skin-brightening daisy extract. Exfoliate and purify skin with Naturally occurring diatomite, jojoba beads and zeolite help to purify, while antioxidant-rich cranberry and blueberry extracts protect and nourish skin. #2: La Prairie La Prairie Cellular Mineral Face Exfoliator, $220
This mineral-infused refining gel has a cocktail of quartz crystal, pure diamond and tourmaline powders to remove impurities, dead skin cells and the dryness that can dull complexion.  Rosa centifolia extract, along with glycerine, haematite and scarce meteorite dust leave skin feeling fresh and softly moisturised. #3: By Terry Cellularose Dual Exfoliation Scrub, price unavailable, Escentials
This ultra-gentle, multi-sensory exfoliating gel is enriched with white rose native cells to eliminate toxins and impurities. It transforms into a silky oil when massaged into the skin, and then into a lotion when met with water, providing an ultra-mild exfoliation suitable for all skin types on a daily basis. It gently buffs away dead skin cells as crushed rosebuds refine, resurface and remove impurities from the skin, giving you an instantly radiant, luminous complexion. #4: Dior Hydra Life Time To Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder, $73
This delicate powder allows you to customise the strength of the cleanse. The more water you mix the powder with, the more diluted and gentle the formula will be. It has sugar extract to refine skin texture, while lotus seeds polish the surface for a more balanced, radiant complexion.   #5: IDS Facial Scrub, $62
Ultra-fine jojoba beads help to gently unclog locked-in impurities and dead skin cells to give you a smoother, more radiant complexion. Delicate enough for sensitive and blemish-prone skin, it reduces inflammation and helps inhibit the Propionibacterium acnes (p-acne) growth and regulates sebum production. #6: June Jacobs Sensitive Formula Mandarin Polishing Beads, $93, Sephora
Paraben and preservative free, this gentle face scrub has a natural mandarin orange aroma. Formulated for delicate skin, it has allantoin to help soothe sensitive skin while non-abrasive jojoba micro beads gently sweep away surface dead skin cells. Natural soybean extract and vitamin E nourish skin, while an antioxidant blend of white, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts help to neutralise free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging. #7: Origins Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion, $85
This skin-refining exfoliating paste leaves skin looking bright and luminous by smoothing away rough, dead skin cells with rice starch, the powdery substance that surrounds rice grains. The ingredient was previously used by Japanese women as bath water to soften skin, and it has also been used in Asia as far back as 2,800 BC by royal physicians for healing purposes. Aloe juice leaf also helps to minimise irritation, while vitamin C brightens.   #8: 3LAB Perfect Cleansing Scrub, price unavailable, Escentials
This scrub polishes off dull dead skin cells without over-stimulating or irritating the skin. A combination of citrus essential oils and fine jojoba beads makes it gentle enough for daily use. The Jojoba beads dissolve during scrubbing to minimise the gritty particles that can remain after rinsing, while the citrusy scent refreshes the senses. Preservative-free, it is great for sensitive skin and can even replace your regular cleanser.     #9: Fresh Sugar Face Polish, $95
Enriched with revitalising brown sugar and antioxidant-rich wild strawberries, which work together to gently dissolve dead skin cells for a healthy glow, this is ideal for all skin types and can be used three to four times a week. It is also infused with plum, grapeseed, macadamia, and strawberry seed oils to hydrate and nourish skin. #10: Sulwhasoo Brightening Exfoliating Gel, $68
Formulated with fine powders of white ginseng, created by drying and grinding eco-friendly ginseng, and walnut shell, this gently scrubs away dead skin cells to leaving skin purified, clear, and smooth. It also contains honey and beta glucan extract, which absorbs skin waste and excess sebum, to leave skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. This hypoallergenic cleansing gel even is mild enough for sensitive skin and daily use. Like this? Check out all the makeup you’ll need for a fresh, Spring-inspired look, lip scrubs that will give you a soft, smooth pucker and our beauty editor’s 25-product skincare routine.