What’s better – Sugar Scrubs or Salt Scrubs?

By cleopatrablog September 15th, 2011

At, Cleopatra’s Choice, we love salt scrubs and sugar scrubs.  They both shed dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new ones. Both can be very moisturizing , especially in dry winters.

Salt or Sugar Scrubs?

Salt or Sugar Scrubs?

They are healing and are good for kids. Guys lovethem too for their hands and feet. There are few differences between the two scrubs.  Personal needs and preference are the only tools you need to help you choose the best one for you.

Sugar Scrubs

Sugar  scrubs are unique due to their natural exfoliate glycolic acid. This alpha hydroxyl acid reduces the appearance of fine lines and minor wrinkles, as well as stimulates the production of collagen in the skin. Although sugar scrubs do not have the mineral benefits of salt scrubs, they are used more often in facial preparations due to their gentleness on skin.

Sugar scrubs can be made from fine granulated sugar or coarse organic, raw sugar. Smaller grains are normally used for the face, and larger grains are used for the body. Overall, sugar is less drying, less abrasive, and stings less than salt. The granules also dissolve quickly with hot water.

Due to their gentler nature, sugar scrubs are best suited for first time scrub users and irritated or sensitive skin. This is especially important when thinking about using a scrub before sunless tanning or after shaving your body.

Salt Scrubs

Salt scrubs work a little harder than sugar, especially on dry and rough skin. They even absorb excess oil on acne-prone skin. Salt removes impurities and toxins, and it helps heal skin wounds. Salt will even help get rid of fungal infections. In addition, Dead Sea sea salt scrubs have added minerals which are extremely beneficial to the skin.

Salt scrubs are more abrasive and can cause irritation if not used correctly. Getting salt in your eyes stings, and irritated, sensitive, freshly shaved, or cut skin may also experience some stinging. Salt scrubs balanced with water soluble oils or body butters help to ensure the salt does not cause excessive itchiness or dryness. Keep in mind when prepping for sunless tanning that salt might affect how sunless tanning products absorb in the skin.

When picking a salt scrub, select one that is specific for the part of the body you are using it on. Facial salt scrubs should have fine grain salts. They are mixed in a base of a thin oil like grape seed or olive oil. For the body, coarse salts slough off more skin. Large salt crystals may look too rough, but water immediately dissolves their rough edges. The large grains will become more circular and less hazardous looking. A fine grain salt can be used as well for the body. For body salt scrubs, the salt should be mixed in a heavier base, like a body butter. Shea butter and cocoa butter are fine selections.

Cleopatra knows that both salt scrubs and sugar scrubs are beneficial to the body. That is why she has both types of scrubs in her skin care line. Join Cleopatra in selecting your favorite fragrant one. Then, uncap, inhale, and relax while scrubbing away the cares of the day.

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