Updated: May 30
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between sugar v. salt scrubs? You know they both exfoliate, but never knew which one had the better benefits for your advance facial, for glowing skin!
First, if you didn't know scrubs are exfoliants - which is the removal of dead skin cells and dirt. Removing dead skin cells helps with softening, brightening, and smoothing which will give the skin a clear, clean, and GLOWING appearance!
However, there are different types of exfoliants for different skin types. People with dry or sensitive skin should steer clear of using physical scrubs such as sugar, salt, or a facial scrubber. These may be too abrasive to the skin causing more damage. Therefore, you should use an acid wash such as glycolic acid (KAAS Creamy Coconut Face Wash, KAAS Tea Tree Face Wash, or KAAS Tobacco Vanilla Face Wash) or salicylic acid. These acid washes gently exfoliate without physical exfoliation. Those with oily, combination, or acne prone skin are able to use physical scrubs and devices in moderation. It is best to ask your dermatologist before using any type of scrub.
Sugar is better for facials as it is less abrasive to the skin, due to the grain being more rounded than salt. It is said to be better for sensitive skin types, if you choose to use a physical scrub. It dissolves fairly quick while using water, making it a milder scrub. There are several nutrients within sugar such as calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, which helps rejuvenate your skin.
Here at KAAS, we have 3 different sugar scrubs:
Tea Tree Sugar Scrub - Tea tree oil is a popular choice for treating acne, reducing redness, swelling, and inflammation. Shea butter is great for conditioning, toning, and soothing your skin.
Lemon Vanilla Sugar Scrub - Lemon peel extract is known for clearing and brightening skin that suffers from hyperpigmentation. It also contains Vitamin C, which helps improve skin tone and provide antioxidant. Shea butter is great for conditioning, toning, and soothing your skin.
Creamy Coconut Vanilla Sugar Scrub - Safflower oil is known for hydrating, soothing, and enhancing skin. Shea butter is great for conditioning, toning, and soothing your skin.
Salt is more abrasive due to its sharper edged particle grains, making it a stronger scrub. It should only be used on rougher, drier areas of your body such as feet, elbows, hands, and knees. Avoid using table salt as the beneficial properties are lost through the refining process. Aim for Sea salt or epsom salt (is not real salt, but magnesium sulfate). Sea Salt is an anti-inflammatory and removes toxins. Epsom salts helps with detoxing.
Sugar scrubs can be used 3 to 4 times a week due to it being a milder scrub, while salt scrubs should be limited to once a week because it is a stronger more abrasive scrub.