Quick Question: What’s the Difference Between Salt Scrubs and Sugar Scrubs?
Salt and sugar scrubs are two common types of mechanical exfoliants. Both may seem similar, but there are a few key differences between them. To find out what they are, plus more about physical exfoliation in general, we consulted with Dr. William Kwan, a board-certified dermatologist based in San Francisco, California.
The Benefits of Physical Exfoliation
Physical exfoliation involves sloughing away built-up dead skin cells on the surface that can cause a rough texture and dulled complexion. This helps your skin absorb subsequent products better and can help you achieve a brighter, more even complexion.
The Difference Between Salt Scrubs and Sugar Scrubs
“Salt scrubs tend to boast larger particles that are grittier,” Dr. Kwan says. “Sugar scrubs have smaller particles and tend to be gentler on the skin. [They] are often less drying and less abrasive than salt scrubs.” This is why Dr. Kwan recommends sugar scrubs for sensitive and dry skin types and for use on the face and décolletage. .
How to Use Salt and Sugar Scrubs on the Body
The key to successful exfoliation is approaching it with a gentle touch. You never want to rub too harshly, as doing so can wreak havoc on the skin’s surface. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), suggests applying a scrub in small and circular motions and rinsing off with lukewarm water. Follow up with a hydrating lotion.
How to Use Salt and Sugar Scrubs on the Face
Exfoliating can help remove dirt and impurities from your skin’s surface, but it shouldn’t take the place of daily cleansing. Cleanse first and then exfoliate damp skin using light, circular motions. Follow with a hydrating serum and moisturizer.
Our Favorite Sugar and Salt Scrubs
Give your pores a sweet treat with this sugar scrub formulated with finely crushed cocoa, coconut oil and rich cocoa butter. The formula helps reveal smoother, less dull skin.
This scrub is formulated with rose water and glycerin, making it a perfect match for all skin types — whether you have normal, oily, combination or sensitive skin.
For a super silky finish, the Bum Bum Body Scrub is a must-try. This scrub is formulated with sugar crystals and crushed cupuaçu seeds to exfoliate and nourish the skin.
For: Face or Body
For a salt scrub that will make you feel like you just came out of the ocean, give this formula by LUSH a try. It contains coarse sea salt, plus coconut oil and avocado butter to soothe and nourish.
This illuminating sugar scrub helps you achieve brighter, softer skin and is infused with gold, silver and quartz dust. Use it on your hips and booty area to help slough off dead skin cells, minimize body breakouts and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
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