• Words by Sonia

How To Get Your Skin Ready For Summer

Despite the fact that winter is finally on its way out — this one being one the longest ever — cold, windy and capricious spring weather usually means dry and itchy skin. While moisturising lotions and body butters help, an exfoliating scrub is still a must for removing dead cells and revitalizing skin.

I love sugar scrubs for lips because of their sweet taste but the benefits of sea salt scrubs go far beyond exfoliation. They’re loaded with vitamins and minerals that actually replenish the skin and nourish it from the outside in.

The Benefits of Salt for Skin

Fun fact: it’s believed that somewhere during the course of evolution, we emerged from the ocean to become land dwellers. And some people have said that this is why our bodies contain the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as the sea itself. That means that those same minerals that are so prevalent in natural sea salt can also help balance and restore the body when we’re feeling dry, achy, or run down, hence the reason for soaking in bath salts.

Dryness and irritation can be hard to get rid of. But adding sea salt to your beauty regimen can help boost hydration, strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, and trigger the cell-to-cell communication that slows down with age. Result? Making you feel, and possibly even look, younger.

There are various ways you can use salt therapeutically: take a dip in the ocean, soak in a salt-infused bath, or apply it directly to the skin in the form of a body scrub. Salt is a wonderful exfoliant that softens skin, gets rid of flakiness, and infuses the upper layers of skin with vitamins and minerals.

The Difference Between Salt and Sugar Scrubs

Sugar scrubs have a lot of the same benefits as salt scrubs, but there are a couple of important differences. The first is in the size of the exfoliating granule. Sugar is typically a finer grain than salt, so it’s better suited for use on the sensitive skin of the face (lips) and neck. Salt scrubs, on the other hand, are often more abrasive, meaning they do a better job at smoothing out rough patches