On the Sweet Side

Curious as to why sugar scrubs are so popular? You aren’t the only one who has raised a quizzical brow at the rows and rows of sugar exfoliating scrubs lining store shelves these days. There’s a good reason for them, though. In this post, we’ll dish out the sweetest secret to beauty.

Sugar scrubs, partially made popular by Shakira’s purported love for them, are just that. Scrubs that include granulated sugar or raw sugar as a primary component. The sugar isn’t just there to make you smell sweet, though. It actually serves a purpose – one everyone needs in their skin care routine.

We all know how important it is to exfoliate. Sloughing off dead skin and leaving a healthy, smooth finish, is the goal of most exfoliating scrubs. But sugar takes the cake.

Remember these exfoliants?

  • Apricot scrubs

  • Bath beads

  • Loofah

What do they all have in common? That’s right. They stick around. Loofah and apricot are at least natural, bio-degrading with time – although occasionally clogging drains or clinging to your scalp. Those colorful bubbles in other exfoliating scrubs? Sometimes they are harder soaps, but many are actually small bits of plastic. Not very appetizing, or Earth-friendly.

Sugar doesn’t stick around. It dissolves. And it won’t leave a sticky residue, either. Salt is equally effective, but let’s just be honest about it. Using a sugar scrub sounds more appealing.

Of course, you could always combine epsom salts and sugar in a homemade scrub. We’ve made a few of those ourselves.


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