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        Best At-Home Peel 2016

        Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel

        Best At-Home Peel 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel

        Talk about sneaky. While you think you’re giving skin a good slough, this peel pad is also depositing ingredients to address a laundry list of anti-aging concerns: collagen production, excess pigmentation, and inflammation. Not that you care—you’re too busy getting a glow by removing those old skin cells with the peel’s “perfect, nonirritating mix of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids,” says Dr. Bank.

        Dr. Dennis Gross | $88/30
        Best Oily Skin Scrub 2016

        Murad Skin Smoothing Polish

        Best Oily Skin Scrub 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Murad Skin Smoothing Polish

        If you’ve got acne issues, we’re willing to bet our Blahniks that you’ve heard of this product. The smooth scrub packs witch hazel plus jojoba beads. “With their smooth edges, the beads exfoliate without causing trauma on a micro level—a very good thing,” says Dr. Hirsch. It also contains antioxidant-rich oils, like pomegranate and sunflower seed.

        Murad | $30
        Best Anti-Aging Exfoliator 2016

        ProX by Olay Micro Peel

        Best Anti-Aging Exfoliator 2016
        WINNER 2016

        ProX by Olay Micro Peel

        Do scratchy scrubs leave you splotchy and raw? Ditch the harsh physical exfoliators (commonly packed with nut shells and beads) and go for a light daily chemical exfoliator. This one boasts a trio of glycolic, citric, and lactic acids to disintegrate dull, dead skin cells and make way for a fresher complexion. “After just one week you will see more radiant skin,” says West Islip, N.Y., dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla. And because it has glycerin in it, you can use it during a Minnesota winter and know you’re getting some bonus hydration too.

        Olay | $40
        Dry Skin Scrub 2016

        Fresh Sugar Face Polish

        Dry Skin Scrub 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Fresh Sugar Face Polish

        We know your skin is parched—and the last thing you probably want to do right now is scrub it. But underneath that dry surface lies a softer, more supple texture. To unearth it, you need to use an exfoliator with hydrating properties, like this saccharine scrub, says Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch. The sugar gently dislodges dead cells, while the macadamia oil—and the sugar granules themselves– hydrates the skin. The only problem? It smells like a pâtisserie, so you might find yourself craving a French lace cookie after your shower.

        Fresh | $62
        Best Microdermabrasion Device

        PMD

        Best Microdermabrasion Device
        WINNER 2015

        PMD

        A spinning disc the size of a pencil eraser is coated with aluminum oxide crystals to slough away dulling dead skin

        cells, while a light vacuum stimulates blood flow. Skin is left “noticeably smoother and softer,” says Dr. Melanie Palm.

        Dr. Jaliman adds that the buffing action “fades brown spots.”

        $159
        Best Exfoliating Brush 2015

        Clarisonic Smart Profile

        Best Exfoliating Brush 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Clarisonic Smart Profile

        Sometimes a good thing gets even better. The latest version of the OG cleansing brush uses smart technology, shifting

        into targeted modes based on face position (gentle on cheeks, amplified on the forehead and nose). “It removes makeup and grime so much more effectively than manual cleansing ever could,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner.

        Clarisonic | $265
        Best Scrub 2015

        Caudalie Deep Cleansing

        Best Scrub 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Caudalie Deep Cleansing

        Microparticles gently lift dead skin cells without any rips or tears, leaving skin primed for quenching grape pulp. "A lot of scrubs are made for oily skin," says Dr. Chiu. "This one is whipped and creamy, so it moiusturizers as it exfoliates. I don't know of any other like it." 

        Caudalie | $35
        Best Anti-Aging Exfoliator 2015

        Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

        Best Anti-Aging Exfoliator 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2010

        Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

        A few drops of water turn this ultra-fine powder into a creamy paste, then nonabrasive rice bran whisks away dead cells. "It's great for anyone with clogged pores," says N.Y.C. dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton. Plus, the scrub contains licorice-which evens skin tone-and green tea to protect skin from free radicals.

        Dermalogica | $52
        Best 2014 Exfoliating Brush

        Clarisonic Aria

        Best 2014 Exfoliating Brush
        WINNER 2014

        Clarisonic Aria

        Like a street sweeper for dead skin cells and dulling debris, this tool clears the way so that serums and anti-agers can get the job done. The head massages at three speeds (from delicate to deep cleaning), but all “give your skin the glowy look that everyone wants,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Anthony Rossi.

        Clarisonic | $199
        Best 2014 Exfoliator

        Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

        Best 2014 Exfoliator
        WINNER 2014

        Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

        Some scrubs can leave microscopic lacerations in their wake, but the round microbeads in this soy-based brightener are gentle enough for daily exfoliating, says Dr. Emmy Graber.

        Aveeno | $7
        Best 2014 Microdermabrasion Device

        PMD

        Best 2014 Microdermabrasion Device
        WINNER 2014

        PMD

        You don’t have to be a pro to slough your way to flawlessness with this wand tipped with crystals. “Control rests with the machine, not with the untrained person,” says Dr. Sejal Shah. Equipped bwith one simple setting, it couldn’t be easier to use: “It’s really just an on-off button,” he says.

        $179
        Best 2012 Exfoliator for Normal Skin

        Clarisonic Cleansing System

        Best 2012 Exfoliator for Normal Skin
        WINNER 2012

        Clarisonic Cleansing System

        It’s well known that dry skin rebuffs the advances of coarse exfoliating beads. That’s why this brush is Washington, D.C., dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi’s all-time favorite way to achieve glowy skin. With two customizable settings, the oscillating bristles gently sweep away dead cells, making it easier for active ingredients in your night cream to penetrate skin.

        Clarisonic | $195
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2012

        Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget and Toner

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2012

        Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget and Toner

        No matter how gunked up pores get, this kit clears them out. Sonic waves loosen dirt and oils so skin can readily lap up the antioxidants of whatever cream you apply afterward.

        Bliss | $185
        Best 2012 Exfoliator for Dry Skin

        Fresh Sugar Face Polish

        Best 2012 Exfoliator for Dry Skin
        WINNER 2012

        Fresh Sugar Face Polish

        Washington, D.C., dermatologist Noelle Sherber says this all-natural exfoliator gives dry skin just what it’s hungry for: invigorating brown sugar and soothing wild strawberries. Together the duo hydrates while it sloughs. Plus, with its yummy scent, you get some addictive aromatherapy to boot.

        Fresh | $55
        Best 2011 Exfoliator for Normal Skin

        Vivité Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

        Best 2011 Exfoliator for Normal Skin
        WINNER 2011

        Vivité Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

        With a powerful blend of alpha hydroxy acids(to decongest pores), cushiony microbeads (to gently polish), and salicylic acid (to treat and prevent breakouts), this multitasker is a triple threat to problem skin, says dermatologist David McDaniel of Virginia Beach, Va.

        Vivite | $35
        Best 2010 Brightener

        Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

        Best 2010 Brightener
        WINNER 2010

        Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

        Tiny exfoliating beads slough off dry skin, while soy deeply moisturizes. This oil-free scrub is "gentle enough to use every day, even on sensitive skin," says N.Y.C. dermatologist Susan Binder.

        Aveeno | $85 oz.
        Best 2010 Exfoliator for Sensitive Skin

        Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub Oil-Free

        Best 2010 Exfoliator for Sensitive Skin
        WINNER 2010

        Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub Oil-Free

        Tiny, nonabrasive beads and beta-hydroxy acid get rid of dead cells without scratching your complexion. Hackensack, N.J., dermatologist Robin Ashinoff praises the way it "rinses off cleanly without leaving the skin feeling tight."

        Neutrogena | $7/4.2 oz.
        Best 2009 Exfoliator for Sensitive Skin

        Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

        Best 2009 Exfoliator for Sensitive Skin
        WINNER 2009

        Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

        Tiny, smooth microbeads in this citrus-scented scrub gently remove dirt, loosen dead skin cells and then "melt away" so skin is left clean and soft, says L.A. dermatologist Jessica Wu.

        Clarins | $35/4.4 oz.
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