I LOVE scrubs! They are a great way to treat yourself to an at home spa session. I’ve made both salt and sugar scrubs, but I never really chose my ingredients for any particular reason. After doing a little research, I found that sugar and salt can be used effectively to treat different skin issues.
Sugar naturally contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which is great for sensitive or aging skin. Dermatologists often use AHA (specifically glycolic acid found from sugar cane) in chemical peels because it penetrates the skin easily and helps to heal photo damaged skin. Additionally, AHA promotes exfoliation and helps skin to feel softer and smoother. Both AHA and glycolic acid moisturize the skin and help it keep that “fresh” feel.
Sugar is gentler than salt and dissolves more easily in hot water. Additionally, there are several varieties of sugars to choose from: brown sugar, granulated sugar, and raw sugar. Brown sugar is the gentlest, granulated is middle-of-the-road, and raw sugar is the most exfoliating.
Use it for:
- Facial scrubs
- Sensitive skin
- Aging skin
- Dry skin
- Moisturizing skin
Use it to:
- Clear pores
- Remove toxins
- Exfoliate skin – especially tough skin like hands and feet
- Tighten skin
- Help heal conditions like acne
- Lessen or even cure fungal infections
- Improve circulation