If an exfoliator isn’t part of your skincare regimen, chances are your skin has yet to reach its full glow potential. As the temperature drops, it’s natural for your skin to become dry, and ashy, but that just means your skin needs some extra TLC. Take your skin from good to great by implementing an exfoliator in your routine. Not sure where to start and what’s even the point of exfoliating? We got you covered sis, keep reading as we spill the tea on the importance of exfoliating, especially in the winter. Plus, a few favorite exfoliators you’ll want to add to your routine. Aside from clearing away dry and dead skin, a regular exfoliation habit increases the skin’s radiance, clarity, and youthfulness, and that’s just the start. Exfoliating offers a mile-long list of benefits, including an overnight improvement in skin texture, reduction in clogged pores and breakouts, increased collagen production, improved discoloration, faded acne scars, softened fine lines, reduced dryness, and flakiness, and helps other skincare products penetrate deeper into the skin. As for how often you should be exfoliating, listen to your skin. Some people prefer chemical exfoliants over physical ones and vice versa, but it’s up to your specific needs. The best way to keep from over exfoliating is to start small and work your way up. That means: Start with a gentle exfoliant, and as your skin gets comfortable with that routine, you can try some of the stronger ones. Scroll down to find out some of our favorite gentle exfoliators made by and for women of color.  

Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey 2-in-1 Face Scrub & Cleanser This two-in-one cleanser and scrub unclogs the pores while exfoliating, leaving your skin soft, smooth and hydrated.

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Face Polish This lush, creamy facial scrub is a naturally derived formula that combines Kenyan Coffee, rich in antioxidants and caffeine, with jojoba and moisturizing shea butter.

Skin Buttr Hydra Exfoliator Removes the dead old layer of skin by polishing and acting as an abrasive, removes imperfections and fine lines. Nourishes new skin with jojoba and meadowfoam oils. Skin emerges softer, smoother and clearer.

Little Deaths Exfoliating Mask A cosmic mask to rid of dead skin, smooth the texture, and leave you with supple, dewy and plump skin. Plus the faint scent of Lavender for overall complete relaxation.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Facial Wash & Scrub Guarantee to leave your skin feeling refreshed, hydrated and clearer than before. This face wash gently exfoliates and cleanses while helping to control breakouts, plus helps absorb excess oil and detoxify skin.