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Is It OK to Use Sand as an Exfoliant or Scrub at the Beach?

There's Nothing Like Sand as a Natural Exfoliant, Right? Wrong.

When the sun starts to shine, we hit the beach and beauty products fly out the window. Who needs sea spray when you can get the real effect from having a dip? And who needs an exfoliant when you've got sand at your fingertips? But before you start to embrace the natural side of life, we asked Emma Hobson from the International Dermal Institute if using sand ad an exfoliant is A-OK or not so much. This is what Emma had to say:

I would not recommend using sand from the beach as an exfoliant as the majority of sand particles are too harsh to be used on the skin. You also need to be a little cautious of where the sand is coming from since a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology finds that sand-diggers are more likely to contract diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal problems from dirty sand than people who prefer to splash around in the surf. Sand is essentially finely divided rock particles.

Instead of a rock scrub, we suggest Dermalogica AGE Smart MultiVitamin Thermafoliant ($90), Burt's Bees Radiance Exfoliating Body Wash ($19.95) or Jurlique Body Exfoliating Gel ($45).

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