Natural Body Scrubs: The Difference between Sea Salt, Sugar or Coffee

Natural body scrubs are fast becoming the latest craze. Whenever you go to a spa, a natural body scrub will be among the many services that you can try. There is also a variety of natural body scrubs that you can buy and try at home. Among these are natural body scrubs that use sea salt, sugar or coffee. Here’s a closer look at the difference between natural body scrubs made from these three materials. 

Sea Salt Scrubs

Body scrubs beautify us by scraping away old skin layers and leaving behind new, glowing skin. Salt scrubs can aid in exfoliating, moisturizing, and smoothing dry and damaged skin. This will leave your skin soft and fresh. You can make your own body scrub using about eight cups of coarse or kosher salt. Combine this with avocado, apricot or peach oil, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla extract and honey. Put your scrub in a pretty jar. If you make a lot, you can even give some to your friends. Use the scrub to exfoliate your skin and then moisturize. A sea salt scrub will be sure to leave your skin gleaming.

Sugar Scrubs

If you have soft or delicate skin, a sugar scrub may be the way to go. Sugar is not as harsh as some of the other natural scrub materials. You don’t have to worry that you will over-scrub your skin if you use a sugar scrub. Unlike pumice and ground shells that will leave a mess in your bathtub, sugar will melt easily and will not clog your bathtub drain. Substitute sugar for the sea salt in the scrub recipe above. It is recommended that you use light brown sugar to make your own natural scrub. Just be careful when adding the liquid ingredients so that your scrub does not disintegrate into a thin paste. Slowly mix the oils into the sugar until you can form a slightly wet ball. Be sure that the scrub does not slide through your fingers.

Coffee Scrubs

Coffee is another popular ingredient in natural body scrubs. This is because the caffeine that it contains has some very special benefits for the body. Caffeine can help distribute fat cells and lower the formation of cellulite. It can also prevent or even eliminate varicose veins. Caffeine will act as a vascular restrictor. It serves to shrink blood vessels and helps prevent varicose veins. To make a natural coffee scrub, mix two cups of coffee grounds with half a cup of raw sugar or sea salt. Then add 2/3 tablespoon of your favorite massage oil. Apply the scrub to wet or damp skin. This is best done in the shower so that it can be rinsed off after it is applied. Be sure to apply the scrub in circular motions so that the caffeine is distributed.


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