Answer: I’m also a big fan of DIY skin care. I love to make my own products and scrubs are at the top of my DIY list. I actually like both sugar and salt scrubs and they work well for different problems and different body parts. What makes both salt and sugar so effective is that the grains gradually dissolve as they are rubbed into the skin. Most scrubs are combined with oils to exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. Sugar also contains glycolic acid which is one of the most effective exfoliating ingredients in countless skin care products. It removes the top dead layer of skin cells which not only clarifies the complexion, but encourages growth of healthy skin. A sugar scrub gives you both physical exfoliation from the grains and chemical exfoliation from the glycolic acid.
Salt scrubs offer heavy duty exfoliation. They are wonderful for elbows, legs, and are heros for the soles of the feet. They are too hash for the face and neck, but can be used for the rest of the body. Just be sure to only use natural sea salt in your scrubs. Processed salts are fortified with iodine which is good for nutrition but can trigger acne.
Here are three of my favorite sugar/ salt scrubs. I’ve tried scrubs with extra ingredients like rose extract and fresh thyme, but I’ve found them irritating. I keep things simple and enjoy fresh, clear skin.
1. Banana Sea Salt Scrub – I “invented” this scrub when I had small children in the home. They never ate a whole banana and I found a great use for the leftovers. Simply combine 1/2 cup of mashed banana with I/2 cup sea salt. Mix together and rub into feet and legs, Remove with a warm washcloth.
2. Coconut Sugar Scrub – Coconut oil has so many benefits its a perfect partner to a sugar scrub. Simply combine 1/2 cup coconut oil with 1/4 cup sugar and rub into your face and neck. Leave it on your face for five minutes for a little extra skin TLC. Wipe off with a warm washcloth and rinse with a few handfuls of cool water.
3. Mediterranean Scrub – Olive oil is a natural healer and is a perfect partner with natural sea salt. Just combine 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup natural sea salt and 1 teaspoon honey for extra moisturizing. Use it anywhere on your body. But you use it in the shower, be very careful because the floor of the tub or shower stall can become slippery.