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Salt Versus Sugar: Why and Where for your Exfoliating Needs.

Janis Covey

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There are many different types of scrubs on the market promising to provide smooth, soft, glowing skin, but it’s difficult to choose what the best scrub to use is depending on your requirements. Today, I am going to explain the difference between salt and sugar scrubs and the best uses for each.

As we all know, regular exfoliation is crucial to remove dead, dry skin cells, promote cell regeneration and increase the effectiveness of our skin care products. But, which product is best for where can be confusing.

Sugar Scrubs: Sugar is a great gentle exfoliator.It works well on the entire body. Scrubs containing unrefined cane sugar, give the added benefit of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, the nutrients that feed and replenish skin. During treatment, sugar crystals gradually morph from a scrub into a polish, perfecting your skin. If you happen to have any skin abrasions, sugar is definitely what you should reach for rather than salt which will sting.

Salt Scrubs: Sea salt is a strong exfoliant due to the texture and shape of sea salt granules. Because salt is more abrasive than sugar, it is better for areas of the body with tougher, thicker skin such as feet, elbows, and knees.

Sea salt is also chock full of good minerals for the skin such as magnesium and potassium.  It has anti-inflammatory properties and can kill bacteria (which makes it an excellent deodorizer for smelly feet).

Sugar scrubs can be used two to three times a week whereas salt scrubs should be limited to once a week due to their abrasive nature.  Regardless of which exfoliation method you choose, be sure to follow up with a good moisturizer!