Thankfully, I've resisted the urge to taste-test these yummy concoctions, but they've certainly got me thinking. What's the difference between sugar and salt scrubs, anyway? I caught up with Dr. Marina Peredo, clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, to find out.
According to Peredo, the main difference between sugar and salt scrubs is the size of the exfoliating granules. "Generally, sugar particles are smaller than salt particles, making them less abrasive on the skin," she explained. "Sugar scrubs are best for people with sensitive skin, and they're also preferable to use on the face instead of salt scrubs, since coarse salt granules can irritate delicate skin."
OK, cool. But if sugar scrubs are best for the face and otherwise sensitive skin, what are salt scrubs used for? According to Peredo, the coarser texture of salt is ideal for buffing away thick, rough patches of skin like calloused elbows, knees and feet. "Salt also has many healing and antiseptic properties, which can kill bacteria and reduce inflammation," she added. Use it on dry and rough skin for an invigorating glow — just keep it away from your face.
So now that you know the importance of size, head to the store to try out one of these fabulous scrubs for lustrous skin.
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