The first thing that comes to mimd when you think of sugar is either ‘yummy’ or ‘I can’t have that’. That white powdery sweet substance we all love and occasionally crave is mainly used to sweeten our food and to take the blame for the added pounds we may have amounted but sugar in our beauty products is actually a good thing.
Sugar because of it’s grainy quality is considered an exfoliant. By exfoliating your skin on a daily basis you help remove the dead skin cells from your body and face leaving behind fresh youthful looking skin. Did you know that sugar also has some healing agents? They won’t work if you ingest them, but on your skin, sugar has glycolic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid that is essential to healthy and vibrant skin. So by using sugar on your skin you are conditioning and moisturizing your skin, protecting it from harmful toxins, eliminating blemishes and restoring its natural oils. (Source: HotHouse Bath and Body News)
On the market you can find many beauty products that have sugar in them, although it has been harder recently to find sugar scrubs versus salt scrubs. And although salt scrubs can be good for you, they are not meant for all skin types and can be irritating whereas sugar scrubs can be used by any skin type. If you’re looking for something for your lips, sugar has you covered in all areas whether you’re looking to exfoliate, plump or just moisturize. For lip exfoliating try LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub, to moisturize your lips and keep them protected try Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (my personal never leave the house without it favorite!) and to exfoliate and plump your lips try Jane Iredale Sugar & Butter Exfoliator & Plumper.
For your skin and feet, exfoliate them to softness with Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub, Cake Beauty Desserted Island Brown Sugar Scrub or incorporate the many aromatic qualities of Bath & Body Works line of Aromatherapy Sugar Scrubs. After your shower, hydrate your body with Fresh Sugar Body Oil to give yourself allover softness and shine. If your pregnant, try Basq NYC Citrus Sugar Polish that helps keep the skin moisturized and stretch marks at bay.
It doesn’t stop there though. Sugar can be found in many other products as well like Dr. Bronner’s Magic Organic Lavender Shaving Gel and Suncoat makes sugar based eyeliner and mascara,and even anti frizz hair serum and hairspray.
Should you decide to try to make your own products based on sugar at home you can use regular sugar like Domino’s (not confectioner’s) but if you happen to be a vegan your best bet would be to use raw or cane sugar like Sugar in the Raw or even coconut sugar like Big Tree Farms which has been called ‘the best sugar alternative’ (Source: Dr.Oz).
Come back on Friday for my D.I.Y Friday where I will explore some of the internet’s favorite sugar recipes!
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