Best Bet: The Dunes Exfoliant

An arsenal of drugstore exfoliants seem to equate roughness with cleanliness, scraping away at delicate skin. Despite the scratchy-sounding name, Belmondo’s Dunes balm sloughs off dead cells gently, without leaving a dry, tight feeling. The esthetician-developed brand incorporates natural skin brighteners — aloe leaf, rose and calendula flower, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E — along with mild jojoba wax beads to clear up clogged pores. It’s free of chemical fillers and artificial fragrances (the scent is refreshingly subtle), and it rinses clean without a residue.

The Dunes Face Exfoliant, $36 at Anthropologie or online.