Beauty routines come in all shapes and sizes—while some people simply use sunscreen and step out the door, others could have a complete 10-step routine followed by a full face of makeup. Whichever camp you fit into, skincare doesn’t stop at your regular everyday routine. Enter: face masks and exfoliators. No, we’re not talking about your basic moisture mask or drugstore scrub—your skin needs something more intense than that, especially when you’re someone who doesn’t have the time to sign up for scheduled treatments at your dermats. These exfoliators do more than getting rid of dead cells; they cleanse, brighten, hydrate and even treat your skin from the deepest layers. Go ahead, take your pick.

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, Rs 4500

This anti-ageing treatment is a mask and scrub hybrid—apply it for 10 minutes, feel the tingle and then wash off by massaging your face in an upward, circular motion for smoother skin that looks fresh and youthful with minimised pores.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion, Rs 1595

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion

Vitamin C is a champion skincare ingredient when you’re looking to banish dullness and this intensive exfoliator does exactly that. It works like an at-home microdermabrasion treatment which helps your skin regenerate faster, reduces dark spots, scars, fine lines and wrinkles and brightens your skin on the whole.

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser, Rs 1550 approx

Off on a vacation soon? There isn’t a better exfoliator you could include in your travel beauty kit. It’s a solid scrub that comes in a convenient roll-up format and is a one-step wonder for oily skin and enlarged pores. Apply, work into skin and wash off or leave it on for 10 minutes to work as a mask, the choice is yours. One thing’s for sure, you won’t have to worry about any form of product spill disasters.

111Skin Clinical Exfoliator, Rs 12,000 approx

Have sensitive, inflamed skin that turns red at the thought of a scrub? It doesn’t mean that you can skip exfoliation altogether. This 111Skin blend gently deep cleanses your skin using chemical exfoliation—tartaric, lactic and citric acid—as opposed to physical irritants while rosemary hydrolat calms redness and irritation. Apply it at night on dry skin using a cotton pad, let it absorb into your skin, follow it up with a light moisturiser and leave it on overnight. Make sure you use sunscreen in the day, especially when including acids into your skincare routine.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub, Rs 1880 approx 

If there’s one face scrub you’ll ever buy, let it be this one. It combines 3% glycolic acid with salicylic acid, smells like a grapefruit dream and works like magic on your skin. A single use and you’ll notice your skin looking smooth and poreless, marks looking lighter and a glow you’ve never experienced with just a scrub before. Almost like a dermat facial in a single step.

Tatcha The Rice Polish Gentle Foaming Enzyme Powder, Rs 4500 approx


Dry skin needs exfoliation too—and this powder exfoliator by Tatcha is perfect for those of you dealing with flakiness and tightness. The award-winning formula contains rice bran, papaya enzymes and the brand’s anti-ageing HADASEI-3™ which reveals smooth, hydrated and bright skin while the licorice root extracts keeps it calm.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant, Rs 4000 approx

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant

This self-heating face scrub combines physical and chemical exfoliation incorporating ingredients like salicylic acid, retinol, prickly pear extract, white tea and Vitamins C and E for younger, brightened skin. Make sure to use it on dry skin for best results.

Purearth Turmeric Sand Exfoliant Face Masque, Rs 4165

Purearth Turmeric Sand Exfoliant Face Masque

Another mask and scrub hybrid, this blend makes use of Ayurvedic ingredients like neem, turmeric, walnuts, apricot kernels and saffron to brighten, treat and balance your skin. Mix the powder with one spoon of water, milk, honey or yoghurt and leave on your skin for up to 15 minutes, then massage and rinse off. Expect increased blood flow to your face and a significant reduction in breakouts with regular use.


Anjan Sachar

While Anjan’s week is made up of writing and talking about everything from glycolic acid to the best new red lipstick, the weekends are spent testing them all, with Gossip Girl reruns on the side. When she isn’t reviewing a new face mask, you’ll find her sipping on mimosas with a side of truffle fries. Her daily essentials: Iced latte with a side of J Balvin and Prateek Kuhad.