Sugar vs. Salt
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JUST ADD SALT Full of natural healing properties (Epsom and Dead Sea salt baths are commonly prescribed for relieving rheumatoid arthritis pain, stiff joints and muscle soreness), salt contains chemicals that can be absorbed into the skin, reducing inflammation. The mineral can also stimulate circulation, giving your skin an instant glow, and help prevent and treat body breakouts, thanks to its ability to absorb surface oils and bacteria. Because salt granules tend to be bigger and coarser than those of sugar, these scrubs generally shouldn’t be used on sensitive skin. “A salt scrub on your face would be too irritating,” adds Marina Peredo, M.D., a New York-based dermatologist. Instead, use them to remove rough spots and calluses on elbows, knees and feet. (Consult your dermatologist first if you have psoriasis, dermatitis or other skin conditions.)
Massage lightly scented philosophy amazing grace hot salt, tub and shower scrub ($25; philosophy.com) on dry skin for a warm, oil-free sloughing. Algae extracts help soften and invigorate skin.
Elemis Lime and Ginger Salt Glow ($60; elemis.com) hydrates skin with a light blend of kukui, camellia and jojoba oils without leaving behind a slippery residue.
Oil-free and self-heating, the salt grains in Bliss Hot Salt Scrub ($36; blissworld.com) dissolve in water, so apply it to dry skin, give your body a good scrub and rinse off.
Upper Canada Soap Naturally Coarse Salt Scrub in Pressed Olive Avocado ($16; uppercanadasoap .com) sloughs off dead cells and softens skin with olive extracts and shea butter.
AHAVA Softening Butter Salt Scrub ($24; ahavaus.com) combines Dunaliella seaweed (thought to have anti-aging properties) with Dead Sea mineral salts.