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From enzymatic ingredients to peeling acids, retinol and mechanically exfoliating scrubs, there are a variety of different key ingredients and formulas to choose from when it comes to picking a face exfoliator. Slough dead skin cells and reveal radiance with Filorga’s guide to exfoliation.

Read on to learn what exfoliation is, how it supports younger looking skin and discover Filorga’s best exfoliators.


Every month or so on, the skin cells undergo a natural turnover process. This is when the outer layer of your skin, the epidermis, sheds to reveal refreshed, new skin underneath.

Sometimes the dead skin cells can’t fully shed, which can lead to the appearance of rough, dry skin, and dullness. Texture, tone, and fine lines can all be improved by exfoliating.


Smooth, renewed skin can be achieved by either mechanical exfoliation, using abrasive scrubs, or by chemical exfoliation, using specialised formulas containing exfoliating acids, enzymes, or active ingredients to remove dead skin cells without the need for scrubbing.


As you get older, your skin’s natural regeneration begins to slow down, taking longer to shed old skin cells and make new ones. Unless sloughed off, this build-up of old skin cells makes your complexion look dull, flaky, and rough. These conditions amplify the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Thankfully, exfoliation promotes faster cell turnover by removing the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal youthful, radiant skin underneath.


This largely depends on the products you’re using. Some gentle toners, essences and fluids that contain active exfoliating ingredients can be used daily. For more intense, targeted treatments and abrasive scrubs, it is more often recommended to exfoliate no more than two to three days a week, depending on how much your skin can handle. It’s important to avoid over-exfoliation, as it can lead to a damaged skin barrier, resulting in redness and irritation.


  1. SCRUB & DETOX Purifying Charcoal Foam Exfoliator
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    SCRUB & DETOX Purifying Charcoal Foam Exfoliator

    One of Filorga’s best exfoliating scrubs, this double-action SCRUB & DETOX Purifying Charcoal Exfoliator intensely detoxifies to reveal new skin in just 5 minutes.* The double peeling complex combines volcanic micro-spheres and resurfacing enzyme, papain for a radiant complexion, while vitamin E and niacinamide soothe and protect. Apply to cleansed, damp skin using circular massaging motions, making sure to avoid the eye area. Allow to sit on the skin for 2 to 3 minutes to allow the active ingredients to work, before rinsing thoroughly with warm water to release the protective complex.


    *Self-assessment on over 30 subjects between the ages of 35 and 60 years old.

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  2. OXYGEN-PEEL Micro-Peeling Lotion
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    OXYGEN-PEEL Micro-Peeling Lotion

    A chemical exfoliator, Filorga’s OXYGEN-PEEL Daily Lotion is suitable for all skin types and is formulated with a 6-6 [6 acids – 6%] micro-peeling cocktail that gently exfoliates the skin and smooths wrinkles and pores. 100% of women found that they saw smoother skin,** while 96% said they saw radiant and hydrated skin.** Use a cotton pad to apply after cleansing to complete the make-up removal.


    **Self-assessment – 30 subjects – daily application of OXYGEN-PEEL during 28 days.

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  3. NCEF-REVERSE Wrinkles + Radiance + Firmness Supreme Anti-Aging Face Cream
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    NCEF-REVERSE Wrinkles + Radiance + Firmness Supreme Anti-Aging Face Cream

    The NCEF-REVERSE Supreme Anti-Aging Face Cream is a multi-correcting cream inspired by meso-injections. Formulated with retinol to stimulate cell turnover and smooth fine lines, the cream provides intensive skin quality renewal, as collagen and hyaluronic acid assists with skin hydration and firmness.

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  4. AGE-PURIFY MASK Double-Correction Anti-Aging+ Blemish Mask
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    AGE-PURIFY MASK Double-Correction Anti-Aging+ Blemish Mask

    With double anti-ageing and anti-blemish action, Filorga’s AGE-PURIFY MASK was developed to smooth wrinkles, correct signs of ageing as it’s micro-peeling acids and zinc-enriched formula improves the appearance of pores, spots, and pimples. Apply a thick layer of this clay mask to the whole face, avoiding the under-eye area. Leave for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly for an instant resurfacing effect.

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  5. TIME-FILLER NIGHT Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream
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    TIME-FILLER NIGHT Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream

    Reduce all types of wrinkles with this smoothing night cream. The TIME-FILLER NIGHT Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream combines hyaluronic acid, plant extracts and peptides to visibly plump and hydrate, as polyhydroxy acid, gluconolactone, and a peeling-effect active ingredient combine to smooth micro-cracks in the skin and improve the appearance of surface wrinkles. Apply the rich gel-cream formula to the entire face and neck after cleansing and massage until absorbed.

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Alison Grcar

Alison Grcar

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