By Suki Kramer
Founder of Suki Skin Care
My scrub is one of my “can’t live without products.” Both salt and sugar scrubs are different forms of exfoliation—sloughing off dead skin cells to allow the skin underneath to become hydrated and rejuvenated. Combined with pure natural ingredients like lavender, rosemary, orange peels, lemon, ginger and herb blends, these scrubs are invigorating, spirit-lifting experiences. While the natural granules of both sugar and salt make excellent body scrubs, which type to use depends on different skin conditions and characteristics. Here’s a quick rundown of when it’s best to each use scrub:
Coarse salt scrubs are good for removing dead skin like on your feet and elbows, and are the ideal treatment for skin detoxification. Since the salt granules work a little harder than the gentler sugar scrubs, salt scrubs are a good choice for where skin can get especially dry and calloused. However, balance is important, so after any salt scrub has been applied and washed off, apply a rich, moisturizing body butter, oil or cream to replenish the skin’s moisture. While salt scrubs are wonderful, they are abrasive, and they are not meant for daily use—once a week is all I would recommend unless you are putting that salt in your bath, where the detoxification properties would work really well internally too! Of course, salt scrubs should not be used on irritated or cut skin because of sea salt’s stinging properties.
Suki Kramer is the founder, president and formulator of suki, inc. skin care as well as a skin care expert for assorted media.