CGN’s Insider Report: The Top 5 Best Exfoliators

Posted October 26, 2013 by Katherine Toll in Building Your Brand

It’s that time of year again – as temperatures drop, our hair, nails, and skin start behaving differently. Everything feels more brittle and dry, so we respond the way any typical American might – we slather on more oil, or cream, or lotion, but did you know when it comes to your skin all the cream in the world wouldn’t make a difference? Want moister, more hydrated skin?

Make sure to exfoliate your skin at least once a week!


As our skin cells travel up to the upper most layer of our skin (the stratum corneum) they flatten out and dehydrate. Case in point:


The older we get, the slower our cell turnover becomes, so we end up with a pile up of flat, dehydrated skin cells on the surface of our skin, which serve absolutely no purpose other than to suck up any moisturizer we slather on our skin. It’s akin to splashing a few tablespoons of milk into a big ass bowl of dry corn flakes. The corn flakes are still dry.

Hence, you need to lift the dead corn-flaked cells off the skin so your moisturizer has a shot at actually working. A word to the wise: weekly exfoliation is good. Overdoing it is not good.

Here are my top five exfoliation picks for you:

The Classic Version

  • Rodan and Field’s Microdermabrasion – Best stuff ever. I used to avoid microdermabrasion because I thought it would strip my skin.  This paste is well suited for all skin types, even sensitive. Plus, the 4.2-ounce tub lasts forever!

The Green Version

Gently exfoliates your skin while French Green Clay and Organic Lemon Peel remove impurities from your pores. Organic Chlorella Growth Factor and Argan Stem Cells help stimulate new cell growth while providing a deep cleansing, brightening experience. “Sea” the difference today!

The Non-Granule Version

  • Clarins Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream – Hate gritty stuff, period? Not to worry. Clarins makes a fabulous peeling cream, which takes a bit more time, but works wonders! Smooth the cream on, wait one minute for it to dry and then remove it with what Clarin’s calls the brace-and-erase technique.

 The Professional Version

  • Dr. Dennis Gross’s Alpha Beta® Peel Original Formula – This is my go-to exfoliation product when cold weather hits. You’ll see an instant improvement in the radiance of your skin, plus over time, the Alpha Beta formula helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve the skin’s firmness. Even a sensitive skin can use these, but I recommend starting with use every other day, so your skin can adjust to the product.

The Budget Friendly Version

  • Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator – I love this product because it’s one of the few drugstore brands that uses a perfectly rounded synthetic bead (as do pricier versions) to roll up the dead skin, rather than nuts or seeds that gauge or tear the skin. (Avoid exfoliators with apricot seeds, sunflower seeds, oatmeal flakes, or anything else that might scrape the surface of the skin.)

Happy polishing, Career Girls! Tell us your favorite cold weather beauty tip!

About the Author

Katherine Toll

Katherine (Kathi) Toll possesses more than 20 years of management and consulting experience within the retail and beauty industry. Her industry experience combined with her special brand of irreverence fuels her mission to find the ‘must-have’ beauty products for Career Girls of all ages. She aspires to remind women the airbrushed perfection of the beauty industry must be tempered with a healthy dose of humor. Kathi holds a general management certification from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, along with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern’s School of Communications.