You'll Never Guess the Random $5 Product That Gets Rid of Dead Skin in Seconds


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I'm pretty big on exfoliation, whether it involves using chemical exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs or just a physical scrub. What I hadn't really considered adding to my routine, however, was an exfoliating glove. I know what you're thinking. It sounds totally weird and unnecessary, right? Well, maybe to some, but I asked a dermatologist, who thinks otherwise.

Board-certified dermatologist Brendan Camp, MD, breaks down what this random product is and the benefits offered when you give it a go. "Exfoliating gloves are mitts made of a rough-textured yarn or [other] material that is typically used in the shower with a cleanser to polish and buff the skin," says Camp. "Exfoliating gloves aid in the natural process of exfoliation, or removal of dead skin cells. The benefits of [using] exfoliating gloves include smoother and more radiant skin, improved penetration of skincare products, prevention of ingrown hairs, treatment of keratosis pilaris, and prevention of acne breakouts."

The best part? Most exfoliating gloves are dirt cheap—I'm talking $5 cheap. There is, however, an important note Camp has before he can fully give you the green light to try for yourself. "Because over-exfoliation can cause dry, irritated, red, or sensitive skin, exfoliating gloves are best used only once or twice a week," he explains. This is important if you have sensitive skin, but there are also glove options on this list that are gentle enough to be used daily. For a few of Camp's favorite exfoliating gloves and some of our own recs, keep reading below.


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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.