It’s common knowledge that excessive consumption of sugar causes inflammation, increasing risk of diabetes and obesity.
However, don’t let its bad reputation get to you! Sugar can also be good for our skin, when you apply it topically.
Acts as a humectant in skincare products
Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment into your skin. So when you apply personal skincare products with sugar in it, it effectively hydrates your skin and keeps the moisture in.
Gentle on sensitive and easily irritated skin
With its small granules, it is a much gentler physical exfoliant as compared to salt and microbeads. Thus, it’s ideal for those suffering with sensitive and irritated skin like eczema. Combined with nourishing oils like coconut and jojoba oil, many chronic eczema sufferers found relief and recommends such homemade scrubs.
If you are looking to concoct your own sugar scrub, best to use brown sugar as its granules are the smallest as compared to white sugar and salt.
With such exfoliative properties, sugar scrubs are also incredibly effective against ingrown hairs by discouraging ingrown hair growth and bumps.
This natural source of glycolic acid under the group of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) loosens dead skin cells by breaking down cells adhesion. In turn, it aids the shedding of the dead skin cells on your skin’s surface.
Other than removing dead skin cells, the glycolic acid will also aid in smoothing out fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. What you get is brighter, even and younger-looking skin and appearance.