Take yourself back to your summer holiday for a just a minute. Remember slathering on SPF, your bronzer brush working overtime, and topping up tan by night? It’s been a season of intense product build-up and your skin is screaming for a scrub. Right now, exfoliating might just be the most important step in your skin-care routine. Your skin needs to be exfoliated—it sheds around a million dead skin cells per day. After all, how can your luxury face oils or creams work their magic when dead skin cells are blocking their path? But there’s a whole world of exfoliators out there, how do you choose the right one for you? To help you understand the different types of exfoliators around, and dispel a few myths (chemical exfoliators are not as scary as they sound), we’ve divided them into three categories below. And, matched the perfect products to common skin concerns. Happy, smooth skin awaits.