By Josh Sim, Aesthetic and Better Ageing Specialist
In the pursuit of vibrant and healthy skin, exfoliation plays a pivotal role in revealing a radiant complexion. Among the diverse range of skincare practices, natural face scrubs such as salt scrubs and sugar scrubs have garnered attention for their ability to rejuvenate the skin through gentle yet effective exfoliation. These skincare products harness the power of nature's finest ingredients, offering a holistic approach to removing dead skin cells, unclogging pores, and promoting a smoother texture.
The difference between salt scrubs and sugar scrubs lies primarily in their composition: salt scrubs tend to use salt crystals as the exfoliating agent, while sugar scrubs use sugar granules. Sugar is more gentle on the skin than salt, so sugar scrubs may be preferable for use in sensitive areas. Coarse salt granules will provide a more intense exfoliation experience.
Both sugar and salt exfoliants can be effective in removing dead skin cells and promoting smoother skin, though the suitability of either one will depend on the individual using it. Users with sensitive skin may find the coarse texture of salt exfoliants to be too abrasive for comfort, potentially causing micro-tears if used with excessive pressure. Sugar scrubs may be the better option for those with sensitive skin, but it’s also important to use scrubs with small, regular-sized granules.
Sugar scrubs are therefore more fitting for delicate skin and are better used on sensitive areas like your face. It’ll amount to a gentler exfoliating experience and can be good for someone who is just starting to exfoliate and wants a milder option. Salt-based scrubs are brilliant for tougher skin on areas like your feet, elbows, and knees. This is good for someone who is not prone to skin sensitivity or irritation and is familiar with exfoliation. However, they shouldn’t be used on sensitive areas like the face.
It’s inadvisable to exfoliate more than 2 or 3 times a week as you don’t want to over-exfoliate; this could result in you removing layers of perfectly healthy skin cells or could result in unnecessary irritation. Use gentle, circular motions when massaging the scrub into your body, and be careful not to apply too much pressure. Be sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards and use a moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated.