Sugar Scrubs. Until a few years ago many of us had not even heard of sugar scrubs. Now both sugar and salt scrubs abound! In fact in some public places you can find salt scrubs on the sink next to the soap dispenser. One such place that I found this recently was Chic-fil-A, a restaurant known for their hospitality as well as their yummy food!
We all hear that we should exfoliate, but I rarely took the time. Once I tried it I was completely shocked at the difference it made in smoothing my skin as well as how little time it actually took, especially since it both exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time! I love the idea that I’m getting more for my money as well as the increased benefits in that using a scrub allows my other products to absorb better. I also love the aromatherapy and mood enhancing essential oils.
So why are sugar scrubs becoming so popular? A while ago I had to try it out to see. The funny thing is that I didn’t even know how to use one. I had seen them and heard about them, but how to use it? So of course heading over to Google I found that I should spread just a bit on the back of my hand, gently rub it in a circular motion, then rinse. Some authors indicated washing after and others say just to rinse and you’re done, depends on user-preference.
Of course being the inquisitive person that I am, I wanted to know if this stuff really worked or not, so I started with using it on just the back of one hand. WOW!!! Can I just say that again? WOW!!! I could not believe the difference in the feel of the back of the hand that I had just used it on vs the back of the hand I hadn’t used it on. Silky smooth was the best way to describe the feel of my skin. I was hooked and of course then I HAD to do the other hand…can’t be lopsided, ya know? I’m sure my husband by that time was wondering what in the world I was doing in the bathroom that long, but hey, I was having an epiphany! It takes time!
So, like all good girlfriends should do, I’m here to tell you about this surprisingly amazing thing called a scrub.
What’s it do?
The main purpose of a sugar scrub (or salt scrub) is to exfoliate or to remove dead skin.
So WHY exfoliate?
1. Younger-looking skin
Dead skin cells just sitting in that outer layer can clog pores making the skin look dull and even look older as it will exaggerate the lines and ahem…wrinkles…gasp! It can even cause blemishes so a face scrub is an excellent idea too but more on the specifics of that in just a bit.
2. Makes skin soft
Exfoliating uncovers new skin cells. By gently scrubbing away the dead skin cells, it opens up the younger, new skin cells below allowing skin to be soft and have a glow or dewy, fresh appearance.
3. Allows for healthier skin!
Although not a direct result of the scrub itself, gently scrubbing the skin while using it increases circulation to the skin, which improves the health of the skin.
3. Saves money!
Removing the dead skin cells allows moisturizing products to absorb more easily into the skin. If the dead skin cells are no longer there and therefore no longer clogging pores, your skin is better able to absorb other products that you apply. This means using less and better absorption!
So HOW to use a scrub properly?
Scrubs can be used at the sink for hands or in the tub for whole body use.
1. Place a small amount of scrub wherever you want to exfoliate….knees, elbows, backs of hands, heels all come to mind but even arms and legs can benefit from a periodic scrub. Faces should be scrubbed too but more on that in just a bit. Make sure not to get water into your scrub or it will melt!
2. Gently rub the scrub onto the skin in a circular motion. You don’t need to rub hard. The sugar crystals themselves will gently exfoliate and help remove the dead skin cells.
3. Rinse and pat dry.
4. Add a moisturizer (or if using our sugar scrubs you can skip this step!)
Everyone’s skin is different but our scrubs are gentle enough to be used every day if you wanted to. At a minimum you’ll probably see the best results from using our scrub 2-3 times a week. But it is possible to over-exfoliate so just watch your skin and you’ll be able to tell what a good schedule is for you. Also, if you use your scrub in the tub, PLEASE be careful that you do not slip on exiting due to the moisturizing oils. I like to keep some baking soda nearby and after I’ve let the water out I do a quick baking soda rinse of the tub. Works great and keeps the tub nice and shiny too!
So wait, which is better, a sugar scrub or a salt scrub?
Well that depend on where you’re using it and of course personal preference. Salt crystals are a bit larger than sugar crystals and so salt scrubs tend to be a little rougher on the skin. Because of that they should definitely not be used on the face. Our family (yes, guys should exfoliate too! If they turn their noses up to that idea just remind them how much you’d enjoy their soft hands and heels!) prefers the sugar scrubs because they are a bit softer and can be used on the face too. Finally the talk about face scrubs! Because our scrubs are made from sugar and not salt, they are great to be used on the face IF your face likes coconut oil. Some skin types do not like coconut oil and the coconut oil causes blemishes in some people. So please do not use our scrubs on your face unless you already use coconut oil with no further blemishes and good success.
Finding the best scrub…
After that first encounter with a sugar scrub, I came home and started studying and experimenting. The recipe that I developed for the sugar scrubs that we sell at Share the Soap allows you to exfoliate as well as moisturize all in one product, all at the same time. I like to make things simple and besides, we’re busy! Let’s cut out one of the steps and save time too! Let me clarify…simple doesn’t mean any less luxurious! In addition to skin-loving oils like unrefined organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, etc. I’ve added goat milk and pure essential oils too. Goat milk is known for many incredible benefits for skin but one of the biggest benefits is it’s ability to help your skin retain it’s own moisture. Pure essential oils provide aromatherapy and lots of skin-loving benefits as well. To read more about the benefits of goat milk for skin you can read a post I wrote here.
“We all hear that we should exfoliate, but I rarely took the time. Once I tried it I was completely shocked at the difference it made in smoothing my skin as well as how little time it actually took, especially since it both exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time! I love the idea that I’m getting more for my money as well as the increased benefits in that using a scrub allows my other products to absorb better. I also love the aromatherapy and mood enhancing essential oils.”
How about you? Have you used a sugar scrub? Do you prefer salt or sugar scrubs? What’s your favorite benefit of using a scrub?