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I am knee deep in packing paper and tape these days.
The big move is tomorrow and, I’m *this* close to burning the place down and starting over from scratch.
Last night, I found 3 separate bulk bags of oats, 3 bags of crumbs (formerly chips), 5 almost finished bags of sugar, 4 containers of varying kinds of salt and a partridge in a pear tree.
I’m thinking some of the accumulation is from Christmastime when I made various DIY scrubs with salts and sugars as gifts and then proceeded to buy other gifts and keep all the scrubs for myself.
I don’t know, maybe.
This got me to thinking…
What is the difference between sugars and salts in DIY scrubs?
Sugar granules are more rounded and, therefore, much more gentle on sensitive skin such as the face. It also dissolves easily in water, so it breaks down into more of a polisher of sorts without over-exfoliating, which is, again, great for the facial area in bringing out a nice glow without irritating the skin. Use brown sugar for all the same properties with an added warm, toasty bakery scent.
Unrefined cane sugar has nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium, but it is much more abrasive to the skin as the crystals are less rounded than table sugar. This would be ideal for less sensitive parts of the body, especially those that may have abrasions and you would want to, therefore, avoid using salt on lest it sting you.
I’m only talking about sea salt here. Table salt is largely ineffective in exfoliating or releasing nutrients into your skin. Sea salt is great for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and drawing out toxins, which make it great for rubbing with coconut oil and lavender or peppermint essential oil onto sore muscles for targeted relief. The sharper edges of sea salt make it an aggressive exfoliator great for heels, elbows and legs.
Until next time, cheers!