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sugar scrubs vs salt scrubs

Salt & Sugar Scrub Differences & Recipes


Face & Body Scrub Benefits

Body scrubs and facial scrubs exfoliate your skin leaving healthy, glowing skin behind. When you moisturize daily but do not exfoliate, you may begin to notice the moisture does not always fully absorb. When you don’t exfoliate, built-up dead cells form, resting on the surface of our skin. If you have eczema or another drying and flaking skin condition, this happens more often.

Dead skin is a barrier, and moisture can’t penetrate it. It’s dense and covers up or even clogs your pores. This can cause acne, build up, and other not-so-fun skin issues. Exfoliating your skin a couple of times each week will wash away those gross dead skin cells, paving the way for moisture to absorb beneath the surface.

Store Bought vs Home Made Scrubs

Store bought scrubs contain preservatives, along with other unnatural ingredients that can be harsh on skin. If you have sensitive skin or a skin condition, its best to know the ingredients in everything you put on your skin. Unfortunately, fragrances and preservatives make this an issue when buying store bought scrubs.

You can make a home-made scrub with all natural ingredients, no preservatives required. The shelf life will not be several years like the store  bought counterparts, but rest assured, you will use up your home made scrub before the expiration date!

Homemade Body Scrub Recipes

Sugar Scrub

Sugar particles are small, and more rounded than salt or epsom salts. It’s less abrasive, and more ideal for sensitive skin and areas like your face. Sugar dissolves easily in warm water, so you won’t be left with a tub or shower to clean up afterwards. Who wants to clean up walnut shells or plastic beads after scrubbing??

Adding natural oils and butters to sugar makes an awesome sugar scrub that will exfoliate and moisturize thirsty skin. Here is a simple sugar scrub recipe we love, and a video tutorial to go along with it:

Ingredients include:

  • 1 cup Fine Grain Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Almond Oil
  • 1.5 tbsp Raw Shea Butter
  • 25-30 drops EO’s of your choice

Simply combine the ingredients using a mixer, and put it in a cute little jar. Keep it sealed and away from heat and moisture, just as you would any of the ingredients individually.

Salt Scrub

Salt is a lot more abrasive than sugar, so don’t use a salt scrub on your face or sensitive areas. If you have sensitive skin, salt is not the right choice. However, if you need some serious exfoliation, salt is wonderful for getting all that pesky dead skin off. Salt scrubs usually use epsom salts or dead sea salts, which have wonderful beneficial properties. They draw toxins out of the body, and it’s also easily dissolved in warm or hot water.

Since salt particles are larger and tend to absorb more moisture, the recipe for a salt scrub is slightly different than sugar scrub.

  • 3/4 cup Epsom salts
  • 2 tbsp Almond Oil
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1.5 tbsp Raw Shea Butter
  • 30 drops EO’s


Sugar Scrubs vs Salt Scrubs

So, which is the right scrub for you? If you need gentle exfoliation, go for a sugar scrub. It’s also the way to go if you need to exfoliate your face. If you are looking for some serious exfoliation, salt scrub is fantastic. Both scrubs remove unwanted dead skin build up and leave you with a beautiful glow! Which is your favorite kind of scrub to use?