Chemical exfoliators might be having a moment in skincare these days, but sometimes you just want a good old-fashioned scrub.
These are the best Korean Beauty manual exfoliators to take care of congestion and enlarged pores to nip pimples in the bud and keep skin glossy and smooth.
Whereas manual exfoliants rely on the use of small grains or a brush, chemical exfoliants rely on – you guessed it – chemicals to do the work of exfoliation.
There are a couple types of chemical exfoliants, including AHAs, a type of acid that remove the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together, and BHAs, oil-soluble molecules that reach deeper into the skin and pores and are perfect for acne prone, oily skin.
Manual exfoliants frequently include particles that help remove sebum and oil and offer a very different exfoliation experience as you can feel them going to work. Unlike chemical exfoliants, the results are also immediate.
Here are some of our K-Beauty favourites for manual exfoliants that will leave your skin silky smooth and feeling instantly refreshed:
This little pore erasing stick packs a punch, easily removing sebum and blackheads from the T-Zone with a mix of rice and oat flour, charcoal, cacao, tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus. It is 100% cruelty free, making it the perfect option for those who love animals but hate congested pores
These 100% silk cocoons mould to fit your finger, offering a natural alternative to remove blackheads and sebum. They quickly and effectively buildup on your nose without any chemicals.
While it might sound like yet-another-fad, silk cocoons have actually been used in Asian beauty for centuries. These gentle ones have been safety tested by the Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) and are also cruelty-free.
Half way between a chemical and a manual exfoliator, Mizon’s juicy gel exfoliator is like a smoothie for skin, combining natural papaya extracts with apple, citrus, lemon and more.
When you start to feel roughness on the surface of your skin or your pores widening, it works to remove dead skin cells without harsh chemicals or microbeads. Apple cellulose banishes dead surface cells, sebum and pollutants, papaya fruit enzymes deeply cleanse inside pores to prevent breakouts and lemon, orange and bilberry fruit extracts tone and tighten.
From the company that bought us one of Australia’s best-selling Korean Beauty moisturisers, Beauty of Joseon’s divine peeling gel is made with spring apricot blossom, plum and apple extracts. It gently pills to remove remnants of dirt, sebum, makeup and more.
It leaves your skin feeling like an eggshell – smooth and glossy.
If you’re looking for a traditional formula to help slough away dead skin cells, whiteheads and blackheads, you can’t go past Mizon’s multi-tasking sugar scrub. Formulated with 35% black sugar it removes the debris that make skin look dull and lifeless.
Which manual exfoliants are your favourites?
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