Salt and sugar scrubs both fall under the exfoliating category and both are highly important in maintaining a healthy skincare routine. The main difference, of course, is in the granular ingredient in the exfoliant.


Salt scrubs rely on granular salt particles to buff away dead skin cells. Salt, itself, has antiseptic properties and is more "detoxifying" to the skin, making it a great option for foot and body soaks. Not to mention, salt granules tend to be a bit larger in size and are strong enough to tackle rough skin. (Think: calluses, elbows, etc.) And, depending on what type of salt is in your scrub, Dead Sea or Himalayan, salt scrubs can be chalk full of minerals.

Best for: elbows, knees, feet, calluses


Sugar, on the other hand, tends to be smaller in size and much gentler on skin. You can use it on delicate skin such as freshly shaved legs, lips, and even your hair. Sugar scrubs also are ideal for those with sensitive skin. Lastly, there is a bit of a chemical exfoliant component to sugar scrubs thanks to the naturally occurring AHA—glycolic acid.

Best for: sensitive skin, freshly-shaved legs, can be used all over the body

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