#SkinSecrets: How to Pick a Natural Exfoliant

Photo via Google Images

Photo via Google Images

Scrub-a-dub-dub in your tub. 

In this article, we're diving into which exfoliant is better for your specific skin-type. We think it's important to avoid granules that can damage your skin (like walnuts—yes, we're serious). So here's the break down of two safe exfoliators: Salt and Sugar.

Salt Scrubs

Skin Type: Oily, Acne-Prone Skin, Rough Skin, Aging Skin
TryRose Body Polish
Benefits

  • Salt helps draw out impurities and toxins from your skin, making it a great deep pore cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin types.

  • Salt helps restore mineral balance (wonderful for aging skin), and will help dry any excess oil production.
  • The key elements in sea salt are bromide, iodine, and potassium. Bromide soothes your skin, iodine regulates metabolic processes, and potassium helps cells release excess water.
  • Your salt scrub doubles as a mixture for a relaxing sea salt bath (2 tablespoons per bath). 
  • Salt is more abrasive than sugar, which makes salt a better exfoliant for very dry rough skin.

If you have dry rough skin, make sure you use a moisturizing oil after you exfoliate so that you don’t experience the drying effects of using a salt scrub.

 

Sugar Scrubs

Skin Type: Sensitive skin, eczema prone skin, dry skin
Try: Lavender Sugar Scrub
Benefits

  • Sugar scrubs are sticker and softer than salt scrubs, making them ideal for sensitive skin.
  • Sugar scrubs do not dry out your skin.
  • Sugar granules are round and do not have sharp edges, which prevents damage and uneven exfoliation. Round granules are ideal when exfoliating delicate areas like your face.

Note: Sugar does not have mineral benefits for your skin. Sorry! 

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