Want smoother, glowing skin? Use sugar. It’s bad in your diet, but on your skin it works wonders. Why pay a fortune for chemicalised scrubs when you can use that packet of sugar meant for your drinks.
Sugar is a natural exfoliator – it gently removes dead skin cells, impurities and excess oils. This leaves the skin looking brighter and gives you a more radiant complexion. Raw sugar is rich in glycolic acid, an ingredient used in skin creams and facial peels to slough off dead skin cells, loosen dirt, makeup, and clogged pores to reveal smooth skin beneath.
Sugar also replenishes moisture – it’s a humectant, meaning it draws in much-needed moisture to parched skin and seals it in.
A sugar scrub can be used twice a week on your face, lips and entire body to stimulate and increase blood circulation, giving your skin a healthy glow.
Here are 2 simple sugar scrubs you can make at home:
> For normal & dry skin. Mix some semi-granulated sugar (brown cane sugar is better) with a little olive oil (or coconut oil). The mixture must be thick and sandy, not soupy. Gently rub this on clean face in a circular motion for 1 minute. Avoid areas around the eyes. Leave the paste on for another minute. Rinse off with warm water.
> For oily skin. Replace olive/coconut oils with honey, and use granulated sugar instead for more effective results.
Caution: NOT to be used on sensitive skin; or on any rash, irritation, small tears or wounds in the skin.