We’ve blogged before about the ill effects your skin may experience when you consume sugar orally. When consumed in excess, sugar can age skin and cause wrinkles. We don’t have to tell you that it’s not great for the waistline either!
When applied topically however, sugar becomes a darling:
- Sugar (and sugar derivatives like honey) are natural humectants, meaning that it draws moisture from the external environment into the skin. This can help to hydrate skin and help keep it looking smooth and supple. Rhamnose, a natural ingredient found in some plants has anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties.
- Some sugars like fructooligosaccharides found in Apothekari Daily Infusion Moisturizer, help to promote healthy surface bacteria thereby protecting the skin against the effects of harmful bacteria.
- Sugar’s fine particles make an excellent exfoliant, which is why sugar scrubs are so widely used. Its humectant nature combined with its exfoliating properties make it a true multi-tasking ingredient. Brown sugar tends to be gentler than white sugar so opt for it on the face or if you have sensitive skin.
If you’re looking for a quick and inexpensive DIY solution, make a simple sugar scrub at home by combining brown sugar, olive oil, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance. A high sugar diet isn’t good for either your skin or your body, but incorporating it into your topical beauty routine can help deliver some sweet results.