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Benefits of the Top 3 Natural Exfoliants

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Revive dull skin from head to toe by adding exfoliation to your weekly skin care routine. Exfoliating removes dead cells from the surface of the skin, smoothes rough patches and can help cellular turnover for youthful looking skin. Click here to learn about different types of exfoliation and exfoliation products in Lauren Wilkerson’s Benefits of Exfoliation blog. A variety of exfoliation materials have been used throughout history, and many of these continue to be used today such as pumice stone, sand, nutshells, and oatmeal. Three of the most common natural exfoliates are sea salt, sugar and jojoba beads, each of which provides their own unique benefits.

Sea Salt

Packed with minerals like calcium, potassium, iron and zinc, sea salt contributes to improving skin texture. When used in conjunction with a massage, sea salt is believed to increase circulation to the skin. Its high magnesium content is also believed to help reduce signs of inflammation. Sea salt has sharper edges than sugar and jojoba beads and is perfect for smoothing rough areas like elbows, knees and heels.

Products to try: Lavender Mint Body Polish and Dead Sea Facial Polish


Sugar grains are less abrasive than salt because of the more uniform and smooth edges. A natural humectant, drawing moisture from the environment, sugar not only removes dead skin cells but also helps to keep skin moisturized. Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid (part of the alpha hydroxy acid family), which aides in reducing the signs of aging and brightening skin.  

Products to try: Pomegranate Body Polish, Mandarin Orange Body Polish and Exfoliating Lip Polish

Jojoba Beads

Jojoba beads are small, waxy, non-abrasive exfoliants; their perfectly round shape with no sharp edges, makes jojoba beads ideal for sensitive skin. Jojoba beads have become a primary alternative to the plastic microbeads often used in conventional exfoliating products because they are biodegradable and renewable.

Due to mounting evidence of plastic microbeads threatening aquatic life, a plastic microbead ban was signed into law at the end of 2015, which will require companies to reformulate without using microbeads by July 2, 2017. Lemongrass Spa Products has never used plastics microbeads in products.

Products to try: Dead Sea Facial Polish and Pomegranate Facial Polish

Common Questions

  • Can those with diabetes or hypertension use sugar or salt scrubs?
    • Sugar and salt scrubs are generally safe for most people as the molecules are too large to be absorbed into the bloodstream. However, any medical concerns should be addressed with a medical professional.
  • Can sugar or salt scrubs be used on the face?
    • Yes, but it is not recommended because sugar and salt grains may be too rough for delicate skin and cause irritation. Facial scrubs formulated with jojoba beads are a better option for the face, neck and chest.
  • How often can I exfoliate?
    • Exfoliation is recommended 1-2 times per week to avoid skin irritation.


Avoid using exfoliation products on skin that is broken or open.

Which exfoliating products do you love? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Guest
    Jennifer Saturday, 29 October 2016

    The Pomegranate Body Polish is my FAVORITE body exfoliant. I love the Microdermabrasion for facial exfoliation but of the choices above, my favorite is the Dead Sea Facial Polish!

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    NorthernLights Monday, 07 November 2016

    Thank you for the recommendations! I will keep the sea salt polish in mind.


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