Scrubs vs Peels

[By Evanne Lauren]

This season’s hottest trend? Glowing skin. And we have just the right armamentarium of scrubs and peels to battle it out for a place on your shelf.


If you’re not exfoliating every week, you could be doing your complexion a disservice. Exfoliating prevents dead skin cells from clogging pores and trapping oils, and ensures that your skin can optimally absorb the skincare that you lather on. “My favorite formulas are ones with natural fruit enzymes, gentle acids, and microbeads, like my ExfoliKate” says Aimee, a freelance stylist.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate, $85

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Your late 20s or 30s is a good time to start having gentle peels with lactic or glycolic acid to help reduce the appearance of pore size and smooth out textural issues. For those who are living in the tropics, humidity and soaring temperatures mean more sweat, sebum and dirt accumulating on your skin to wreck havoc on your complexions. Start your day on a clean slate with a thorough exfoliation.

Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub, $7.49

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Those looking to fight signs of aging more agressively should opt for a peel, while those with sensitive skin looking for a glow should choose a scrub. A peel helps kill bacteria and dissolves excess oil, while a scrub will remove dead skin cells promoting cell turnover. Peel work wonders for skins that are not sensitive as it allows the enzymes to penetrate deeply to work its magic.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel, $43

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If you aren’t ready to take the plunge with a peel, consider a less abrasive scrub. Exfoliators with fruit enzymes dissolve dead skin cells, round microbeads buff them off of the surface, and lactic and salicylic acids work to lighten discoloration. “This is my staple scrub for weekly exfoliation; it works wonders for my skin and I have no problems with redness or irritation after” says Rosy, a skincare blogger.

Sloane Inc Pineapple Enzyme Scrub, $34

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When your skin lets you down, you’ll want an instant pick-me-up without the irritation and downtime of harsher scrub or peel. Consider invigorating your skin with natural oxygen. Mild enough for all skin types yet deep penetrating enough to exfoliate dead cells while infusing dermal layers with a blast of oxygen, this is a beauty masque is the weapon of choice for all red carpet beauties.

Sloane Inc Oxygen Boost Energising Masque, $78

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19 thoughts on “Scrubs vs Peels”

  1. I got a sample packet of this product on a recent order I placed. My skin was looking kinda dry from the winter chill so i decided to give it a go. This was the best product for exfoliation i have ever used. I immediately went out and bought the product. Not only did it remove the dead skin, but it also helped with a dark mark I have been trying everything to get rid of. My skin feels smooth without the dried out feeling some exfoliation products can cause. In addition i have received several compliments on how bright and fresh my complexion is. It is a bummer that Exfolikate is kinda pricey but I don’t mind shelling out the dough for something that really work!!

  2. I love this product Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub so much I researched stores where I can purchase it when I moved (not many do). It’s got a great smell, and offers this strange mix of a light scrub yet moisturizing at the same time. Your face just glows afterwards.

    To get the right effect, scoop a small amount with your fingers and mix it with a bit of water in your hand. Gently rub in circles around your face then rinse. I especially use it around my nose where my pores are large and prone to blackheads. The oils in the scrub don’t seem to make it worse and do a great job cleaning the area.

  3. Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub has a great aroma, smells of cloves and other spices, but is not overpowering. (I’m actually not wild about the smell of cloves, but love this product’s aroma.) Truly all natural. I look forward to using this each morning. Skin feels smooth and soft after use.

    I highly recommend it.

  4. I try many many exfoliators, and this is one of my new favorites Kate Somerville Exfolikate !! It’s so pricey so thats why it took so long for me to try, But worth it. I can only use once a week cause more than that my face gets dry. It Clearly says not for Sensitive skin, So don’t write a bad review that it burns when it says not for sensitive skin. She has a gentle version. But this is a must for me.

  5. I have used Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (50ml) for some years and hate being without it. It is very easy to use, just apply following cleansing and leave to work. It removes all the dry, dead skin without the harsh scrubbing needed with other exfoliating products. After 15 minutes it is removed with warm water, leaving the skin smooth and glowing. I am allergic to many perfumed products but can use this without problems. It smells gorgeous. The product lasts a long time so doesn’t work out as expensive as it first appears.

  6. This is a fabulous product. I have been using Elemis for years now and this is one staple item I am never without. Even if I experiment with different masks and moisturisers from other companies, this is a fantastic exfoliator and skin-brightener – I don’t try any others. Also great for sensitive skin, or if you find some exfoliators too ‘grainy’ or abrasive and leave skin feeling / looking a little red afterwards. Super product!!

  7. I’ve gotten several samples of Kate Somerville Exfolikate over the last year or two, and always was disappointed when it was gone. I definitely hesitated to buy this because of the price, but you honestly do not have to use very much at all, so it lasts a very long time. I’ve struggled with skin issues like adult acne, uneven skin, and a touch of redness on my cheeks. After years of experimenting, I’ve finally found the regimen that works for me: Philosophy Purity w/ Clarisonic brush every night, Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash in the morning, and this once a week. My skin is definitely MUCH clearer, my pores are smaller looking, and I can wear no or little makeup with confidence for the first time in my life. I barely have any breakouts anymore, so I will stick with this stuff. 😉

  8. This exfoliator is on of the best I have ever used. There are so many amazing ingredients in it that work together to make your skin gorgeous! Each time I use it, I can both see the difference and feel this difference. It is like waxing and polishing for your skin!
    It’s a great treatment for your face. I use it once a week (instead of 2-3 as directed). My skin is soft and silky, and pores are smaller after every application. Love the product. Been using it for 1-1/2 yrs.

  9. I’m on my second tube of Kate Somerville Exfolikate, and even though after I use it ( I use it twice per week )– my skin feels nice and soft, I’m not sure about any long term advantages. I’ve heard so many good things about this product and I want to love it, and may be its one of those things you see results a long way down the road, so I guess for now I’ll keep using it , for no other reason that it smells lovely and I think I’m doing something good for my skin. BTW a little goes a long way. Just a plump dime size will do your whole face.

  10. Burts Bees Citrus facial scrub…. what can I say, I am in LOVE with this product , I have problem skin, sensitive/dry with the tendency to break out, I have tried so many scrubs and have always been disappointed, the citrus facial scrub is amazing ,it cleans exfoliates and leaves my skin feeling ( as others have said ) feeling like a babies bottom. It does take some getting used to getting the right amount on your hand with the right amount of water but once you get it it is great, the filmy feeling it leaves on the face is actually very moisturizing for me so this is the one thing some have said they don’t like that I don’t mind, because I am so dry. I find that it is quite cheap,I would not use anything to replace it as it works so well…anyways sorry for being so long winded, I guess what I am trying to say is … JUST TRY THIS PRODUCT !!!! You will love it.

  11. I just bought BBC Facial Scrub almost a week ago and I am currently testing out it’s daily use claim…

    I love the packaging, I love the smell and I love how concentrated it is! Only needing a small amount then adding some water is really nice, more bang for my buck (it was only $7.14).

    I am currently doing a pre-cleanse with their Burt’s Bees sensitive face wash then using the scrub (Only at night). I’m also dealing with some pregnancy hormones, so I’m not sure if that’s what’s causing a slight shift of some breakouts with my skin or if it’s kinda doubled because I started on 2 new products?
    I’m willing to keep using the scrub to find out…

    It truly does feel gentle and I adore how soft my skin feels after each use!

  12. Yea,I really like that product, maybe mostly because I love natural products and this is 99% natural! Also, when I read the ingredients I found that it contained some of my favorite things when it comes to skin care; almond (and almond oil), oat and rose petals, so obviously I had to but it.
    It really does makes my skin feel really soft, clean and glowing. I personally love the smell, although you should not be thinking it’s going to smell of citrus – it has more of a cinnamon/brown sugar kind of smell which is hard to explain, I like it however. The jar is kind of small, but will probably last long, and is not sanitary in any way (but you could always use teaspoon or somehing to get the product out). It’s not pricey at all either. I will definitely buy this again and it has made me look into other Burt’s Bees products

  13. Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel s the best facial mask I have used. When my skin is sensitive and ruddy I put this on and it comes off all calm, clear and even. And it means what else you put on afterwards soaks better in. My skin looks lovely for about three days afterwards, and I feel calmer that I have got my skin under control and stop fretting about needing to buy ‘new’ things for it to get it sorted. This is actually very soothing for a peel that will take the dead layer of top skin cells off, and that is one of the reasons why I love it. It is safe, you can trust it and you will get a lovely result from it. I once put on clarins flash balm on afterwards and the results were amazing (better than when I used flash balm alone). Papua enzyme peel is also featured in the beauty bible as a top winner of 100s of products tested which is how I came to love it. Have fun x)

  14. I have very sensitive skin and Elemis Papaya Enzyme Pee is gentle enough for me to use once or twice a week: my skin cannot tolerate any form of scrub even if it claims to be for delicate skin. I leave it on for ten minutes or so and gently wipe it off with warm water and a muslin cloth, and my skin feels so soft and lovely afterwards. It’s amazing. Rather pricey but it lasts for a very long time and I will happily buy it for as long as they make it!

  15. Yeah, it is an AMAZING product. It smells great, isn’t irritating at all, and leaves your skin absolutely glowing and fabulously smooth. I bought it first when I got my nose pierced and was wary about scrubbing around my nose, which is a tricky area to begin with. Long story short, I can’t even think about using any other exfoliator now, and all my girlfriends agree! In my opinion it’s the only product that really, truly, instantly brightens and smooths my skin. Wonderful.

  16. I had actually never known you could buy chemical peels in stores, the idea of a chemical peel rather than a mechanical one (i.e. apricot granule scrubs) was something I assumed was exclusive to spas/surgeries. So I was curious to try out Elemis’ papaya peel when my face was having it’s worst time ever. Firstly, the smell is lovely. You just put a thin layer of this all over you face and leave it on for 10-15mins. I think you probably could leave it on for longer, it doesn’t burn or anything, but I tend to get impatient Then, you wash it off with warm water. I was feeling skeptical before hand, how could something without scrubbing granules exfoliate my skin? Strangely enough, it works! It wasn’t cheap at $43 a tube compared to my $10 scrubs, but it works hella better! I’d been using mechanical scrubs on my dry skin patches for weeks with no change. Using this peel once cleared up all my dry skin flakes immediately. I also use this in conjunction with one of their moisturizing face masks and the overall effect of the two is spa facial quality. Expensive, but if you’re treating yourself it’s wonderful

  17. Elemis does exactly what it says it will do. I have just started using this product and won’t go back to what I was using. <3

  18. Elemis papaya peel sure is a Great product. Lightens dark spots effectively and brightens skin. Been using for several months. I would recommend it to anyone.

  19. Use 3 times a week, leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse. Elemis works beat this way. Apply SOS cream after. I’ve worked around Skincare and cosmetics for years and this brand is the only one that has worked on my sensitive skin. Great for all ages. My aesthetician uses it and recommended it. Start early if you can! I thought my skin was oily because I was breaking out all the time so I was drying it out with ALL KINDS of expensive stuff. Come to find out that I’m dry and my skin was over producing oil to compensate hence the acne. Elemis cleared it up in about three months to get all the congestion out. Amazing. It works on ANY type of skin. I got it for my mom and my aunt. It improves the texture of the skin as well!

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