Sugar has a bad rap sheet when it comes to sweets. It can add extra pounds to the mid-section and do a serious negative make over to your teeth! But sugar is not bad for your skin. Actually it is quite good for the skin. Let’s explore just how good this sugary sweet stuff is for your skin First, sugar is a natural humectant - it draws moisture from the environment into the skin. So when you apply products with sugar or sugar derivatives, they'll actually help hydrate your skin and keep moisture within. Secondly, sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that penetrates the skin and breaks down the "glue" that bonds skin cells, encouraging cell turnover and generating fresher, younger-looking skin. Finally, sugar's small particles make an excellent body polish/exfoliant, and are used in a number of body scrubs to exfoliate dead surface skin cells and reveal the glowing, healthy-looking skin underneath.
Sugar scrubs also have a few benefits over salt scrubs.
- Small sugar granules are generally gentler than salt, which can cause microscopic tears in the skin
- Because of sugar's natural humectants properties, these sugar scrubs are more hydrating than salt scrubs, which can strip skin of natural oils.
When choosing a sugar scrub, consider the key ingredient (the type of sugar):
- Brown sugar is softer than granulated sugar, so can generally be used on the face and sensitive skin.
- Raw sugar (also known as turbinado sugar) is more naturally coarse, so it is usually reserved for the body.
Do a small patch test if you aren't sure how your skin will react. You can make a simple sugar scrub at home using:
- Brown Sugar
- Olive Oil
- A Few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance (optional).
- Side Note: For the face, mix sugar, honey, and a few drops of lemon juice to hydrate, clarify, and reveal softer skin.
You only need to use a topical sugar scrub about twice per week. Sugar scrubs are great to use in the winter, as exfoliating the top layer of skin helps moisturizers penetrate more deeply and hydrate longer. Don't let the title of the column fool you: A high-sugar diet won't do your skin many favors, but incorporating it into your topical beauty routine can deliver some pretty sweet results. Try our simple recipe above or give Karess Krafters Sugar Scrubs
a try. You will be amazed at the results!
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