Salt vs Sugar Scrubs: What’s The Difference?

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Should you use a salt scrub or sugar scrub? Salt and sugar scrubs provide their own unique gifts to your skin and today we’re covering the pros and cons of each type of scrub.

Exfoliation is this invigorating process for the skin of out with the old, and in with the new. I mean who doesn’t like a good sloughing off of dead skin cells in order to reveal smoother skin? 

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Benefits Of Exfoliation

  • Smoother skin
  • Helps prevent ingrown hairs
  • Improves circulation
  • Can help clear pores and blemishes
  • Gives skin a hydration boost
  • Can help fade scars and fine lines
  • Rejuvenating and reinvigorating

To reap the benefits of exfoliation, it’s best to start out 1x/week and if your skin responds favorably, increase to 2-3x/week.

sugar scrub
Once you add a body scrub to your routine, you will wonder why you hadn’t done it sooner!

How To Use Salt and Sugar Scrubs

  1. Bathe or shower before applying body scrub to allow skin to soak in warm water to soften and prepare it for exfoliation.
  2. Wash your body with soap or body wash.
  3. Rub a small amount of body scrub on your hands, mitt, or brush.
  4. Massage in circular motions applying gentle pressure no longer than 30 seconds.
  5. Rinse body scrub off with warm water.
  6. Shave if you need to.
  7. Dry off.
  8. Apply moisturizer to help replenish your skin’s moisture levels. If your skin will be exposed to the sun, you’ll want to take extra precaution and apply a sunscreen because your skin is more prone to burning after exfoliation.

Salt vs. Sugar Scrub

Best Sugar Scrub Products


Sugarbuff Body Polish in Lemongrass

This quickly became one of my favorite sugar scrubs after using it.  It feels so luxurious and smells divine.  The lemongrass scent that makes you feel like you’re having your very own spa day in your shower. It exfoliates but also leaves behind nourishing oils on the skin.  My skin feels so smooth and silky after using it.  This would be a scrub I wouldn’t recommend you use before applying self tanner as it does leave behind an oily feel to the skin. 

I love that the sugar is finely milled, so it doesn’t feel abrasive like some sugar scrubs.

Beautycounter Sugarbuff Body Polish

True Botanicals

Pure Radiance Sugar Scrub

This is such a decadent sugar scrub full of organic sugar, sandalwood, rich camellia, jojoba oils and kaolin clay. It exfoliates the skin but also supports the skin barrier. The scent is a blend of orange peel, cedarwood, and sandalwood- smells divine!  It has larger sugar crystals and does leave the skin feeling smooth and moisturized.  It leaves a slight residue but not as much as some of the others.  This totally evokes a spa-like feeling.  Plus, I love the amber hued glass jar. 

True Botanicals Pure Radiance Sugar Scrub


Sugar Scrub Recipe

Jojoba Oil, Sugar and An essential oil bottle

Best Salt Scrub Products


Salts of The Earth Body Scrub

This was one of the first scrubs I fell in love with.  The lavender scent it has is strong- which is very soothing.  It turns into a milky consistency that helps exfoliate but also nourish the skin.  It definitely leaves an oil on your skin afterwards.  So if you would prefer no oil, you might want to steer clear of this one.  I love using this when my skin feels extra dry and I want to really get in some extra moisture, but also some exfoliation.  I wouldn’t recommend this exfoliant before using a self tanner since it is so oily. 

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OSEA Salt of The Earth Body Scrub


Cleansing Body & Scalp Scrub

I discovered this scrub after it came in a Beauty Heroes box.  I love the earthy smell – it reminds me of a spa I worked at.  It is nice because the salt granules in it are very small and not as large as some of the other scrubs I tested out.  It has a great little suds that happens when you rub it in your hands and add some water to it.  My skin feels exfoliated, but there’s no residue left behind.  I love that it also doubles as a scalp exfoliator/shampoo too!  It leaves the hair feeling hydrated, but not weighed down or greasy.  It comes in a tube that’s made of aluminum and I find as I get towards the end of the tube it is a little harder to squeeze out all the product.  That would be my one drawback.  

Nature of Things Cleansing Body & Scalp Polish


Salt Scrub Recipe

**I like my salt scrub to be a little oilier and wet, but if you prefer a drier scrub use less oil. 

salt, jojoba oil and essentials oil bottle

Conclusion: Is a salt or sugar scrub better for the skin?

Personally, I favor a salt scrub!  Not that I don’t love a sugar scrub too, but the benefits of a salt scrub surpass those of a sugar scrub and I’m all about getting the most bang for my buck!  Not only do salt scrubs give your skin a glow, but they also help detoxify your skin, and relieve sore muscles.  

Did I miss your favorite salt or sugar scrub? Share it below!

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Cheers, Suzi


Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.

1 Comment

  1. Erika

    Thank you for the recipe ideas!


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