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I have been using sugar to exfoliate my face as a weekly face routine. Therefore, I think it would be best to give my fellow readers a run-down on how it is made and the benefits it has to the skin.
How is it made?
Here in Jamaica, I’m aware that it is made from sugarcane because we have a myriad of these growing here.
Cane stalks are shredded and squeezed to extract it natural juice, which is boiled until it thickens and molasses-rich sugar crystals begin to settle. The molasses-rich crystals are sent to a rapidly spinning centrifuge to remove molasses and leave pure naturally white sugar crystals. The sugar crystals are then dried. It is important to note that cane sugar is neither chemically altered nor bleached to achieve its naturally white color.
Sugar is a carbohydrate. The body’s primary source of energy is from carbohydrates. All vital organs – brain, heart, liver – need carbohydrates to meet their energy demands. Carbohydrates, including sugar, also play key roles in muscle function, growth and regulation of body temperature. [SOURCE]
Benefits to the Skin
Homemade sugar scrub is the most natural way to soften, exfoliate and to freshen up the skin. Sugar is a natural sweetener that can also be used as a natural beauty regimen. Its fine texture gently exfoliates the skin without leaving harmful residue that can clog the pores. It has moisturizing properties that prevents the skin from drying. It is safe to use even on children’s sensitive skin and to soothe chapped lips.
- Homemade sugar scrub can help reverse early signs of aging.
- Homemade sugar scrub creates a gentle abrasion to even out the skin tone.
- The gentle massaging application of homemade sugar scrub on the skin enhances blood circulation. This increases collagen production and skin cell regeneration to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.
- Homemade sugar scrub prevents acne, whiteheads, blackheads, breakouts and other skin blemishes.
- The moisturizing effect of homemade sugar scrub can decrease the symptoms of skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.
- Homemade sugar scrub softens even the toughest skin. As a homemade foot scrub it can help reduce problems with your feet, such as calloused and cracked heels.
- It also whitens dark knees and elbows. Regular exfoliation using homemade sugar scrub improves skin regeneration to whiten and soften knees and elbows.
- Homemade sugar scrub or homemade facial scrubs help maintain younger looking skin. It tones and tightens the pores of the skin. It has glycolic acid that rejuvenates and keeps fresh looking skin. It has alpha hydroxy acids, an anti aging compound found in fruits and milk sugars. It maintains skin’s youthful beauty by balancing the skin’s natural oil and allowing new skin to develop. Thus, frequent massaging with homemade sugar scrub promotes continuous skin renewal that reveals younger and healthier skin.
Homemade sugar scrub is a pocket friendly beauty care regimen. It is the most inexpensive way to pamper the skin. It gives the same or even more benefits than using high- end expensive exfoliating skin cleanser products. [SOURCE]
Who knew that sugar had benefits to our scalp as well? It can be used to exfoliate our scalp for the following benefits:
- Removes dead skin cells.
- Can treat acne, white heads and other blemishes that can occur on the scalp.
- Can help prevent hair loss.
- Unclogs pores by removing build up.
- Can relieve irritated and itchy scalps caused by different scalp conditions.
- Promotes hair growth by stimulating the scalp.
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Remember that our scalp is also apart of the skin, therefore sugar scrubs will be of a great benefit to the scalp as much as it is to our face and body.
Until next time,
Peace & Love.