Salt vs. sugar scrubs

Posted on July 7th, 2010 by Michelle

margaritaOh, for the simpler days when the salt vs. sugar debate applied only to my margarita glass.

When it came to glorious, tenderizing, exfoliating body scrubs there was no question: Make it  salt.  Aside from St. Ives and their apricots, salt was what you were supposed to use.

Now it seems sugar is edging out its kitchen counterpart as the spa scrub of choice. Bath & Body Works offers 9 different sugar scrubs for the body and five for the lips, compared with only two salt scrubs.

While both are mixed with moisturizing oils and fragrances, and both slough off dead skin, cleansing pores, and making way for new skin cells, they do offer different benefits.

Salts – particularly sea salts and especially Dead Sea salts – contain healing minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium.  Although it may sound contrary, these salts are especially effective for healing overly dry skin and easing skin ailments such as psoriasis.

Alternately, sugar may add glycolic acid (which is derived from sugar cane) and antioxidants to the skin, as well as draw moisture to the areas where it is applied, because it is a humectant. The sweet scrubs leave skin brighter and glowing.

Just about everybody offers a scrub. The Lush Ocean Salt Scrub is intriguing because the texture of the salt is as fine as sugar. But Lush’s sugar scrubs are hard chunks that you’re supposed to keep out of puddles –  in the shower. Good luck with that.

If you’ve tried salt and sugar and still can’t make up your mind, The Body Shop’s Mango Body Scrub and Bath & Body Works’ Warm Milk and Sugar Body Scrub have both!

None of the scrubs come particularly cheap, but it’s a treat worth having.  In this summer heat, when limbs are more bare than usual, everyone’s skin can benefit from a little extra sloughing.  And the question of salt vs, sugar?  It’s like your margarita – whatever suits your fancy.

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