Why Sugar is so Amazing for Skin
When used topically sugar is so beneficial for the skin, which is why it is found in many store-bought body and face scrubs and is more popular that salt scrubs. This is because sugar is:
- A natural exfoliating agent. Sugar’s small particles gently rub over the skin and help dislodge and slough off dead cells, dried sebum, dirt, impurities and pollution off the skin. Simple washing with soap and water wouldn’t do as a good job as a sugar face scrub, which exfoliates the top layer of the skin, revealing newer radiant skin instantly.
- Rich in glycolic acid. Sugar is rich in AHAs (alpha hydroxyl acid), a type of glycolic acid that’s popularly used in the cosmetic industry to treat skin damage and premature aging of skin. Glycolic acid helps regenerate the skin, promoting repair and growth of damaged cells by penetrating deep into the epidermis and breaking down bond that join cells together.
- A natural humectant. Sugar is a natural humectant, a substance which naturally hydrates the skin and helps lock in moisture by absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. Using a sugar scrub on your face will help moisturize it from within and make it soft and supple.
After using this sugar scrub, you’ll be so astounded with your soft radiant skin that you’ll make it a regular part of your skin care regime! The best part is, this diy sugar face scrub is:
- Absolutely easy to make.
- You can make a larger quantity and store for 3 months.
- You can make a small quantity for immediate use.
- It’s dirt cheap!
How to Make a DIY Sugar Face Scrub
- 1 tablespoon of sugar (I prefer organic white sugar, as brown sugar has a tendency to get sticky)
- 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil (get it here)
- 3 drops of lavender oil (get it here)
- Simply get a non-food use bowl and mix all the ingredients together with a wooden popsicle stick. It’s important to use a disposable stick to stir, and not a food-use cutlery item because of the use of essential oils, which much not be ingested. If you are not using essential oils, disregard this rule.
- Once mixed thoroughly, you can now use your own homemade DIY sugar face scrub on your skin!
How Long to Leave the Sugar Scrub on your Face
Apply the sugar scrub on your face and gently rub it in for about 2 minutes. You can then leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes. Then wash off with lukewarm water while rubbing it off your skin for further exfoliation. Gently pat dry your skin and behold the smoothness and radiance of your face!
Sugar Scrub Variations
There are many variations you can make with sugar scrubs, the sky is the limit. Get creative and mix up one or more ingredients to end up with a whole new scrub.
- Switch up the olive oil for any other healing oil, like coconut oil, sea buckthorn oil or rosehip oil.
- Use different essential oils for different purposes such as frankincense oil (for aging skin), geranium oil (to balance the skin) or tea tree oil (for acne prone skin).
- You can also add herbal powders such as turmeric (for a skin tone evening sugar scrub), cinnamon (for a skin stimulating sugar scrub), and many more!