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  • Why Salt Scrubs Should be a Part of Your Skincare Routine

    While exfoliating may already be a part of your skincare routine, most people don’t realise that it takes more than a few crushed seeds in your shower gel to give your body the deep exfoliation it needs each week. Giving your skin a regular exfoliating treatment with a good quality salt scrub can breathe new life into tired skin, and leave it looking fresh, and hydrated.
    If you haven’t used a salt scrub before, then you will be amazed at how effective this treatment can be for unclogging your pores, purifying your skin of dirt and toxins, and removing dead skin cells to smooth your skin and reveal the fresh, radiant skin underneath.

    What are Salt Scrubs?

    Salt scrubs are, put simply, exfoliating body scrubs which use salt as the base. This base is the ingredient which removes dead cells from the surface of your skin. Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, exfoliating using a salt scrub can improve the appearance and texture of your skin

    There is a lot of debate around whether skin benefits more from a sugar, or a salt scrub. While both are good for your skin, salt is an excellent choice for two reasons:

    Firstly, salt provides a deeper, more abrasive exfoliation, making it perfect for those who want to remove areas of rough, hard skin. Because salt has larger, coarser granules, it has a more ‘cutting’ texture and does a better job at smoothing out any tough spots you have on your skin, such as elbows and feet. Dead skin cells harden with age, so the longer dead skin is left to settle on the skin, the more difficult it can become to remove. Rubbing a salt scrub into the skin will remove these cells and speed up the cell regeneration process to reveal the new, moist skin underneath. Using a harsher scrub such as salt also means you won’t have to exfoliate as often as you would if you used a lighter scrub.

    Secondly, while other scrubs, such as sugar, work solely as an exfoliant, salt also allows you to access the many benefits that sea salt offers for your skin. The trace elements present in salt can include calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron, all of which offer healing, and antiseptic properties. These elements are known for their therapeutic, mineral benefits such as detoxifying, promoting circulation and reducing inflammatory response.

    Giving Yourself a Salt Scrub Treatment

    Salt scrubs are a popular spa treatment, but you can give yourself one at home – it’s inexpensive, quick, and easy to do.
    The purpose of a salt scrub is too deeply cleanse your skin and remove the top layer of dead skin cells. At a salon, a salt scrub is normally done on a table, followed by a shower. At home, the easiest thing to do is to get in the shower to give yourself the treatment.

    Here's our quick guide to exfoliating your entire body using a salt scrub:

    1. Start the shower and wait till the water is warm to hot before stepping in

    2. Ensure that all your skin is thoroughly wet and warm before applying the scrub. This will ensure that the skin is soft and the pores are open, ensuring a deeper pore clean

    3. Shower as usual, with your regular products

    4. Pause the water

    5. Take some scrub in your palm and apply in circular motions, starting from your feet and working your way up to your heart, applying more scrub as needed. Keep moving your hands in the circular motion until most of the salt has dissolved

    6. Once you get to your heart, start scrubbing at your forehead, and work your way down your neck and back down to your heart

    7. Be sure to concentrate on areas with rough skin such as elbows, knees and feet, as well as cellulite prone areas such as thighs

    8. Rinse the scrub off your skin. Don’t apply any other products at this point, as you want the minerals in your salt scrub to stay on your skin

    9. When you are out of the shower and dried, be sure to apply a rich, moisturizing body oil or butter to replenish the skin’s moisture

    While salt scrubs are a fantastic way to keep your skin fresh and clean, they should be limited to once a week as they can irritate the skin if overused. Most people notice that after several weeks of regular salt scrub treatments, their skin’s appearance improves dramatically as the increased circulation will improve the skin’s tone and give your skin a radiant, healthy glow.

    For an indulgent exfoliating experience, try one of our luxury salt scrubs, available in seven soothing scents including Banana Nut Bread, Frankincense and Myrrh, Kama Sutra, Kimono Flower, Lavender, Lemon, and White Jasmine and Pineapple.

  • Just a Spoonful of Sugar: Sugar Scrubs for Glowing, Healthy Skin

    With spring upon us, there’s no better time to think about giving your skin that much needed boost! Take a look at why sugar scrubs are the best way to give your skin a good, gentle exfoliation.

    The skin on our body and face is constantly renewing itself. Just like all living things, it has its own cycle it uses to keep us healthy – shedding dead cells and creating new ones. Unfortunately, our skin does not always do the ‘shedding’ part perfectly, leaving old cells on the surface of our skin. Having old cells on our skin can give our skin a dry, dull appearance, and can even contribute to dry skin, uneven skin tones and blotchiness. Old skin cells can also block and clog pores, causing bacteria to linger and cause acne.

    Why Exfoliate?

    Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in any skincare routine, as it helps to remove and clear away those old, lingering cells. Removing these cells unclogs the pores allowing for a deeper clean. Doing this helps prevent acne and breakouts.

    Exfoliating also encourages cell renewal, leaving your skin looking fresher and smoother. As we age, the process of cell regeneration naturally slows down. This means that our skin is not as fast at shedding the old cells on its own. You might be carefully cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin but if you aren’t exfoliating, then your skin will never be as healthy and clear as it could be.

    Exfoliating will also boost your current skincare routine – making it easier for your cleanser to work deep down into your pores and allowing more moisture to deeply penetrate the skin. Exfoliating regularly will keep your skin looking fresher, younger and healthier.

    Why Sugar?

    While eating sugar is not that good for you, sugar is a fantastic skincare product that both your face and body will love. Here’s three benefits of using sugar on your skin:

    •Firstly, sugar is a natural humectant – it draws moisture into the skin. This means that sugar will hydrate your skin and help to seal that moisture in.

    •Secondly, sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid) which when applied, encourages new cell regeneration and can also help reverse the effects of ageing and sun damage. Glycolic acid also helps to protect the skin from harmful toxins.

    •Thirdly, sugar’s fine particles make it an excellent choice as an exfoliant, as it scrubs away dead skin cells from the surface to reveal the healthy skin underneath.

    In the past, salt scrubs have been popular, but individuals and salons are starting to realise that sugar is a much better, healthier choice. While salt has a rough edge which can irritate the skin, sugar has a softer, more rounded edge, making it suitable for sensitive skin and the only choice for facial exfoliation.

    How to Use a Sugar Scrub

    On your face: Using your fingertips, rub the scrub into your skin using small, circular motions. Start at the base of your neck and work your way up to your hairline using firm, but gentle pressure. Massage the scrub in until most of the sugar has dissolved before removing it with warm water.

    On your body: Pre-soak your skin first in hot water either in the shower, or in the bath. Allow your skin to soften for a few minutes in the water before applying the scrub in a circular motion. Once most of the sugar has been massaged in and dissolved, return your body to the water to rinse off.
    You should only use a topical scrub once or twice per week, as overuse can irritate, and dry the skin.

    If you want healthy, naturally glowing summer skin, then regular sugar exfoliation is a must. The Sun Garden has created an extensive collection of decadent sugar scrubs to exfoliate your skin, revealing skin that is soft, supple and better than ever.

    Try one of our luxurious sugar scrubs, and put your best face forward!

  • How To Make Herbal Cream

    Herbal creams are the perfect gift ideas although the process of creating these cream can be a bit tricky and perfecting the formula will take a bit of time and patience.
  • How to Make Herbal Liquor infusions

    Herbal infusions may seem to be old fashioned and too medicinal but there are a lot of liquids that can have a better taste with the help of some herbs. Drinking tea may seem to be one of the most popular ways to include herbs in one’s drink but if tea is not your thing, herbal liquor infusions are great alternatives. You do not have to freak out at the thought of adding herbal flavors to your spirits because they can add flavor and a hint of spice making the drink well worth your time and interest.
  • How to Make Herbal Oil Infusions

    Herbal oils have a lot of uses! They can be used on their own but they are also a great base for balms and salves. You can actually purchase the herbal oil but you can also make it. Infusing oil with herbs is actually easy to do even for those who have no experience in doing it. In fact, if you know how to boil water, you will have no problem in making your very own herbal oil infusion.
  • How to Make Herbal Vinegar Infusions

    Vinegar is one of the handiest condiments around the kitchen and they have a way of lending a complex taste to everyday dishes. But you don’t have to just settle for plain old vinegar when you can spice it up with the help of herbs which are widely available. Herbal vinegar is just the thing to have in one of those cupboards.
  • How to Make Herbal Salts

    We all know how important salt is to everyone’s kitchen as it adds taste to a meal. Aside from improving a specific meal’s taste, it also has several health benefits if used properly.

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