A skincare step you should not skip.

My skincare regimen consists of a laundry list of steps that I deem necessary for maintaining a healthy, glowing complexion. However, I must admit, through all of the double cleansing, multilayering of serums, and masking, exfoliating is hands down my favorite step. Including Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50, it does the job of really getting down to business with clearing my pores of dirt and surface debris, and leaving me with a smooth and even skin tone.

If exfoliating feels foreign to you, or you know, just an extra step in a skincare routine you’d rather skip, know this: The benefits of regularly exfoliating are an increase in cell turnover, even skin tone, acne and sebum reduction, plus, a much deeper penetration of other topical treatments to follow—and that’s just to name a few. Also, all exfoliators are not one in the same. From a physical exfoliator with microbeads or granular powder, to a chemical exfoliator containing acids and enzymes, settling on the perfect exfoliant to slough off dead skin cells without leaving your skin dehydrated and irritated can be a daunting decision. But I’m here to assure you that there are effective and gentle exfoliators out there that don’t do any of the above. Ahead, top-rated face exfoliators on the market suitable for every skin type and comfort level.