Why use a Scrub?
We all want glowing skin and, to achieve this, a good exfoliant is a great place to start. We need to exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells that can build up. 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 detox the skin by removing toxins and dirt from the skin.
There are many natural options on the market today offering exfoliating benefits such as apricot, walnut or poppy seeds, coffee beans, coconut bits, plus many other. They would all do the trick but we much prefer salt and sugar scrubs as they are very gentle and will totally dissolve in water, unlike other ingredients that wash down the drain.
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. The bill to ban them was passed in December 2015 and will go into effect in 2017 – 2018. So, if you are still using those products, please stop, they are killing the environment.
Sugar scrubs are gentler than salt scrubs. The granules are smaller and finer, making it the best choice for more sensitive skin. Both cane sugar and brown sugar can be used for a scrub and can be tailored to specific types of scrubs. Some sugar scrubs can be used gently on the face, 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 so it can also penetrate the skin to help encourage skin cell turnover.
Sugar scrubs can be used 2 to 3 times per week.
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.
Salt scrubs can be used 2 times per week.
Spencer St. Botanicals Scrubs:
We love both types of scrubs and depending on what you are looking for; both may be needed. We add nourishing ingredients to our scrubs like seaweed for the high mineral content and goji berries for the high antioxidants and vitamins, making them even better for the skin. For our sugar scrubs, we add matcha tea for an amazing antioxidant benefit while the high vitamin C content of the camu camu berries and rosehips add that extra nourishing benefit.