Photograph by Adam Kremer for Bloomberg Businessweek; Sand sculpting by Matt Long

Exfoliants for Summer Skin Care

  1. True Grit
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    True Grit

    Exfoliants to help every skin type through the sweaty season.

    Photograph by Adam Kremer for Bloomberg Businessweek; Sand sculpting by Matt Long
  2. Obagi360 System Exfoliating Cleanser
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    Obagi360 System Exfoliating Cleanser

    A combination of tough mechanical and chemical ingredients dissolves the flaky outer layer of dead skin. $37

    Moisturize with cream after your scrub, or try Origins Plantscription youth-renewing face oil ($49.50) to soothe and nourish skin.

    Photograph by Adam Kremer for Bloomberg Businessweek; Sand sculpting by Matt Long
  3. Bliss Micromagic Microdermabrasion Treatment
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    Bliss Micromagic Microdermabrasion Treatment

    It contains pumice stone, a mainstay of exfoliants for centuries, which is a bit rough; you should apply only twice a week. $48

    Photograph by Adam Kremer for Bloomberg Businessweek; Sand sculpting by Matt Long
  4. Decleor Prolagene Lift – Lift & Brighten Peeling Gel
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    Decleor Prolagene Lift – Lift & Brighten Peeling Gel

    Enzymes such as alpha-hydroxy acid, derived from papaya, are a less harsh choice for dry skin. $63

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  5. Rituals Brightening Face Exfoliator
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    Rituals Brightening Face Exfoliator

    Extracts of the lotus and moringa plants supposedly calm redness and don’t irritate sensitive skin. $19

    Exfoliate in the morning. The skin repairs itself while you sleep, so first thing is the best time to get rid of dead skin cells.

    Photograph by Adam Kremer for Bloomberg Businessweek; Sand sculpting by Matt Long
  6. RéVive Exfoliating Cleanser
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    RéVive Exfoliating Cleanser

    If you’ve got oily skin, you can use this all-purpose scrub—made from the jojoba shrub—in lieu of soap daily. $75

    Photograph by Adam Kremer for Bloomberg Businessweek; Sand sculpting by Matt Long
  7. Amarte Daily ExfoliPowder
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    Amarte Daily ExfoliPowder

    Powders—made from rice, wheat, and willow bark—are popular in Asia, where they’re thought to be gently effective. $35

    Most modern exfoliants are less irritating than older formulas and can be used several times a week, especially in humid summer weather.

    Photograph by Adam Kremer for Bloomberg Businessweek; Sand sculpting by Matt Long
  8. Diptyque Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay
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    Diptyque Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay

    This thick paste can be used as a 10-minute mask on the weekends to clean out clogged pores. $65

    Photograph by Adam Kremer for Bloomberg Businessweek; Sand sculpting by Matt Long