When sugar's actually good for you
Sugar. She’s super-sweet, smells delicious, and tastes pretty fantastic, too. Yet a lot of nasty things get said about her, which often sees her relegated to the far corner of cupboards, if not banned entirely. And while a few of these things may very well be true, today we’re going to be focusing on the beauty benefits that sugar can offer – and let me tell you, when you put her in a scrub there are a few…
BEAUTY BENEFIT OF SUGAR #1: Sugar is a GREAT dead skin cell eliminator
Not only do the shape and structure of sugar crystals make for a fantastic gentle granular exfoliant, but sugar also contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids, which work like a treat in dissolving dead skin cells. The result? Super-smooth, radiant skin, without any irritation.
BEAUTY BENEFIT OF SUGAR #2: Sugar naturally detoxifies
Believe it or not, brown sugar is an anti-bacterial, so it helps to get rid of any bacteria on your skin, while simultaneously protecting it from toxin build-up. And you know what healthy, toxin-free and bacteria-free skin equals? Glowing skin and minimised cellulite, that’s what!
BEAUTY BENEFIT OF SUGAR #3: Sugar helps to hydrate your skin
Bet you didn’t know that sugar was a humectant, did you? A hu-what?? A humectant – as in something that promotes the retention of water. So by using a sugar scrub, you’ll not only be drawing extra moisture to your skin, but you’ll also be helping it to retain that moisture.
Three sugar scrubs we just love:
endota spa lemon and organic sugar scrub: ideal for sensitive skin, this gentle sugar scrub sloughs away dead cells, while simultaneously nourishing and soothing your skin with organic soybean and coconut oils and vitamin E.
Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub: combine natural sugar crystals with shea butter, cranberry seeds and pomegranate and you have one heck of a skin smoother that smells like you could drink it by a resort swimming pool!
MOR Marshmallow Sugar Crystal Body Scrub: and speaking of scrubs that smell good enough to ingest, this one – fragranced with vanilla, jasmine flower and cotton candy – is as much a treat for your nose as it is for your skin.
Have you ever used a sugar scrub? Do all these beauty benefits make you more inclined to incorporate them into your beauty regime?