Spencer St. Botanicals

Why are scrubs so good for the skin?

DeBritt Ealey

First off - exfoliating is fabulous for your skin!  We all want glowing skin and to achieve this, a good exfoliant is a great and super easy place to start. We need to exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells that can build up and dull our skin. By sloughing off the old cells, we can expose the new skin underneath for a more rejuvenated glow. Exfoliation is a great way to promote healthy skin and help the skin to detox by removing toxins and dirt from the skin.

There are many natural options on the market today offering exfoliating benefits such as sugar, salt, apricot, walnut or poppy seeds, coffee beans, coconut bits, plus many other. Any of these can certainly do the trick and get you exfoliated, but we much prefer natural salt scrubs and sugar scrubs as they are very gentle and will totally dissolve in water, unlike other ingredients that wash down the drain and contribute to environmental issues.

Luckily for the environment the plastic microbeads that are typically used in so many exfoliating products on the market today will soon be a thing of the past.  Yea!!  The bill to ban them was passed in December 2015 and goes into effect at the end of 2017 through 2018. So, if you are still using those products, please stop, they are killing the environment. So why are scrubs so good for the skin?

Why use a sugar scrub?

Sugar scrubs are gentler than salt scrubs. The granules are smaller and finer, making it the best choice for more sensitive or delicate skin. Both cane sugar and brown sugar can be used for a sugar scrub and can be tailored to specific types of scrubs. Some sugar scrubs can be used gently on the face and lips, but not all of them, so make sure to check.

Sugar is a natural humectant so it draws moisture to the skin from the environment and will help to keep the skin hydrated. It is also a natural source of glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid - AHA) so it can contribute to a deeper exfoliation as it can penetrate the skin to help encourage skin cell turnover.

Why use a salt scrub?

Salt scrubs are more abrasive than sugar scrubs so should only be use on the body. Many different types of salts can be used but sea salt works best. Sea salt helps to decrease toxins from the skin while acting as a mild anti-inflammatory for the skin. It is perfect for areas that need more aggressive exfoliation like the feet or elbows or anywhere dryer or callused skin is an issue. If you have any broken skin or small cuts, don’t use a salt scrub, it will sting – use a sugar scrub instead.

Lastly, scrubs are a fast an easy way to get great skin.  After you exfoliate with a sugar or salt scrub you are left with a wonderful hydrating and moisturizing effect from the oils in the scrubs.  So, no need to moisturize after a scrub, its done while you exfoliate, thus saving time in the mornings! Depending on the scrub you select, your skin can also get a nutrient hit from the ingredients in the scrub so make sure to read your labels to find the most nutrient dense scrubs for the best results!

Fall is the perfect time to start preparing for winter skin.  Start exfoliating, you will see the benefits right away!

Hopefully you’ve learned the importance about why scrubs are so good for your skin!