Sugar may not be so sweet for your skin when you have too much of it in your daily diet, but it is still considered white gold when used topically. The very best forms are raw like pure sugar cane in the form of glycolic acid.
Sugar is a popular ingredient in skin care products today because it:
• acts as a natural exfoliator
• does not clog pores
• helps eliminate blemishes
• restores balance to skin’s oils
Sugar contains glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. The natural glycolic acid in sugar helps condition and moisturize skin, because it is a larger molecule that is able to attract moisture into the skin as well as dropping the pH gently in order to stimulate cell renewal. Glycolic also protects your skin from toxins by eliminating excess oil, debris and bacteria from the pores and surface.
This form of glycolic acid is found in Sanitas Glycolic Citrus Cleanser and Glycotoner 5%.
You can also use all that leftover sugar you arent eating for your at home body scrubs! Here’s a great recipe to try:
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil – preferably organic
- 1 cup Turbinado Sugar
- 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
- Essential Oil of Choice: My favorites are Lavender, Lemongrass, Rose and Geranium
- Place coconut oil in small bowl with both sugars and mix together well with your hands – the coconut oil is in solid form, so the heat from your hands will help to loosen it up and make the blending process much quicker.
- Add more sugar or coconut oil until mixture is the perfect “scrub” consistency.
- Add in essential oil, or blend a few together and add them into the bowl.Stir the mixture until blended.
- Wet your skin in the shower or bath, then massage this scrub (one area at a time) all over. Be sure to take precautions as this can make the skin and tub a bit slippery!
- Rinse scrub thoroughly.
*This works best in the bathtub because you can then soak in the oils, keeping your skin super soft!