A scrub may be our go-to method, but there are many ways to exfoliate the face. You could try a chemical peel, microdermabrasion or a cleansing brush. Though they all keep your face flake-free, there’s an easier way to achieve smooth, even skin: exfoliating pads. Cindy Kim, co-founder of Silver Mirror, a facial bar in New York, explains, “Exfoliating pads are convenient, easy to use and the perfect way to make sure effective exfoliation is a part of your regular skin care routine.” In most cases, all you need to do is rub the pre-moistened pad on your face and let it take care of all of the hard work.
Another big benefit is that most pads combine the right amounts of chemical and mechanical exfoliation without the need to scrub your face until it’s tender. Kim adds, “Peel pads contain a blend of gentle acids and enzymes to help slough away dead skin cells without over-scrubbing or over-exfoliating like you can with other types of exfoliators.”
That means that those with sensitive skin don’t need to be as nervous about pads as they do some exfoliating methods. Charlotte Cho, co-founder of Korean beauty site Soko Glam and editor-in-chief of The Klog, states, “As long as the pads are designed to exfoliate face gently, exfoliating pads are a safe win for those sensitive types out there. Exfoliating is an important practice even for sensitive skin because it’s a way to take care of your face for smoother, softer and brighter skin, especially if you exfoliate regularly. Not exfoliating on any skin type will cause dead skin cell debris to sit inside of pores, making the skin more prone to irritation and breakouts.”
Are you ready to pick up a pad and get rubbing yet? Scroll through the gallery to see the different exfoliating pads that will keep your skin free from annoying scaly patches.