You may roll your eyes at the continuing trends of makeup, but beauty buffs and history must give credence to the fact that makeup has really come a long way over the centuries. Sugar, for instance, may have a bad reputation in sweets, but it was actually used for reliable beauty treatments in ancient Greece and in various parts of the world. Here are the benefits of incorporating this sweet commodity to your beauty regimen or spa session.
- Sugar Is A Natural Humectant – It facilitates the absorption of moisture into the skin from the environment. Therefore, applying beauty products with sugar can actually help retain moisture in your skin and keep it hydrated.
- Sugar Is Naturally Rich In An Alpha Hydroxyl Acid – It can penetrate your skin and disintegrate the “glue” that holds skin cells together. It also promotes cell turnover and leads to fresher, younger-looking skin.
- The Small Sugar Particles Make A Great Topical Exfoliate – They are used in several body scrubs in beauty treatments for exfoliating dead skin cells on the surface to reveal the healthy, glowing skin underneath. What’s more, sugar scrubs are more beneficial than salt scrubs in that small sugar granules are relatively gentler than salt which is why they are ideal for spa treatments. In addition, these scrubs tend to be more hydrating due to the natural humectants properties in sugar.
How To Incorporate Sugar In Your Beauty Regimen
You can prepare a simple sugar scrub by combining a few drops of your preferred essential oil, olive oil, and some basic brown sugar. The warm, spicy scent of ginger can also help open up your senses. For the face, combine a few drops of lemon juice, honey, and sugar to clarify, hydrate, rejuvenate and reveal a softer skin.
You only have to apply your topical sugar scrub twice a week or so. Sugar scrubs come in handy during winter. They exfoliate the upper layer of your skin and allow moisturizers to penetrate deeper for a longer hydrating effect.