During the summer, our skin needs a bit of extra help to stay healthy and radiant, and the healthiest skin is properly exfoliated.  Regular exfoliation removes dead cells, promoting regrowth and leaving your skin soft and hydrated. The most effective way to achieve this is by using a scrub–and at Rituals, we’ve got you (and your skin!) covered.

Our extensive collection contains scrubs for both the face and the body, based on two main ingredients: salt and sugar.. Both have special properties and produce different results. Read on to discover which type of scrub is best for your skin as well as the most useful way to apply it.

Dry skin? Go for salty!

In ancient Egypt, no beauty routine was complete without natural salt. By combining it with olive oil or almond oil rich in vitamin E, Egyptian women used salt’s exfoliating properties to completely rejuvenate their skin.  Salt scrubs are particularly beneficial in restoring moisture to dry skin. Because salt is coarser and more abrasive than sugar, it should be used on the driest parts of the body; a regular salt scrub routine can renew and revitalise even the most flaky skin.

Salt has healing and antiseptic properties, too:  scrubbing with salt can smooth away bumps that can form on the back of the arms and legs when dead skin cells block hair follicles. The Ritual of Hammam’s hot scrub is an excellent choice because it uses sea salt, which is intensely purifying.

Sensitive skin? Choose sugar

The ancient Romans, like their Egyptian counterparts, used interesting ingredients to maintain a healthy and young-looking skin, often washing themselves with a combination of sugar, honey and milk. Sugar scrubs are a bit gentler on the skin than those made with salt because sugar particles are smaller and less abrasive.  Therefore, they are recommended if your skin is slightly sensitive or if you want a more gentle scrub.

Organic sugar scrubs eliminate impurities and gently slough away dead skin cells. Sugar is a natural exfoliant, and when combined with softening oils and our beautiful scents, can make dull skin glow. The Ritual of Sakura body scrub combines particles with oil, so that you can exfoliate without irritating or inflaming sensitive skin.

How to apply salt and sugar scrubs

Now that you know the difference between salt and sugar scrubs, you can select the one that’s right for you and start scrubbing your way to healthier, glowing skin. Purify your body and stimulate energy and circulation by following these simple steps:

1. Apply scrub to damp skin

2. Using a circular motion, gently massage the scrub into your skin

3. Rinse the scrub off with warm water

4. Follow with a warm bath for even softer skin

5. Apply moisturiser after your bath to lock in the new-found softness

Repeat this process once or twice a week (depending on your skin type) and you will feel wonderfully rejuvenated. Using salt or sugar scrubs from Rituals will make you love the new skin you’re in!

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