Sugar And Salt Scrubs For Radiant Skin:
Cleansing without removing dead skin cells and deeply embedded impurities makes the skin dull. It also results in clogged pores which is the root cause of acne. Therefore, deep cleansing your skin once a week is essential. A scrub sloughs off dead skin cells and unclogs pores by removing deeply embedded impurities like blackheads and whiteheads.
Sugar and salt are considered to be excellent scrubs as they exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells, regenerate new skin cells and promote healthy skin. These two ingredients also condition and tone the skin giving you a radiant glow. However, you need to keep a check on the usage and application of these ingredients to be able to reap all its benefits.
How should I use a scrub?
Apply the scrub on cleansed skin, avoiding the area around the eyes, and massage gently in a circular motion. Do not be harsh while you scrub as it may lead to redness, irritation and even breakouts. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Apply ice to close the pores. Finish off with a light face moisturizer.
How should I choose my scrub?
Look for scrubs with fine granules as these are gentler on the skin. Scrubs with natural ingredients like apricot, neem, and walnut gently remove dead skin cells, blackheads, whiteheads, and grime. Neem’s antibacterial property purifies the skin.
Salt Vs Sugar Scrubs:
Salt is harsh on the skin when compared to sugar. The salt scrub detoxes the skin, kills bacteria and reduces skin inflammation. Salt is comparatively more significant in size, has sharp edges and takes more time to dissolve, which is why it is not suitable for delicate and sensitive skin. Therefore, it is always advisable to use a salt scrub on stubborn spots and marks that tend to take more time to fade away.
On the other hand, sugar is mild and tender and is perfect for sensitive skin. Sugar has excellent moisturizing properties, making it suitable for use on the face. Additionally, the small particles of sugar don’t leave any harsh effects on the skin.
When to Use a Sugar Scrub:
There are several good times to use a sugar scrub on your skin:
- Weekly to maintain soft, smooth skin.
- Before you shave your legs (If you don’t have sensitive skin).
- To prep skin before a spray tan.
- When you have ingrown hairs.
Sugar Scrub Recipe – Lemon, Honey & Sugar Scrub:
Lemons are packed with the goodness of vitamin C which works as an excellent antioxidant and a bleaching agent that helps make your skin lighter. Honey works as an excellent moisturizer and hydrates the skin. Honey is also known for its anti-aging and antibacterial properties. This scrub helps in fuelling collagen production and keeps free radicals at bay.
- Squeeze half a lemon, one tablespoon of honey, and half a tablespoon of sugar in a bowl to create a smooth paste.
- Apply it to your skin and massage well
- Keep the scrub on for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe – Banana & Brown Sugar:
This sugar scrub is mild and extremely good for conditioning, making it ideal for dry and healthy skin. Banana destroys bacteria, reduces inflammation, brightens the skin, and reduces acne too. Thus, this scrub is an ideal scrub for the skin and can also be made easily.
- Cut a banana into small pieces and add it to a mixer with one spoon of brown sugar
- Mash the ingredients until it becomes a smooth mixture
- Apply the scrub to your skin and keep it on for a while
Homemade Salt Scrub – Sea Salt Olive Oil & Any Essential Oil:
Olive oil is perfect for the skin and helps essentially nourish the skin. Sea salt is rich in minerals – and exfoliating agents that help in improving blood circulation. It also promotes the generation of new skin cells.
- Add half a cup of olive oil, five-ten drops of any essential oil, and sea salt to a bowl to form a face pack.
- Apply this pack to the affected areas and massage it well in a circular motion
- Keep this pack on for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.