The Benefits of Sugar for your Skin
Most households have it, use it and indulge in it. But not many realise that this natural marvel is also very beneficial for your skin.
Sugar comes naturally as a humectant, which means that it naturally pulls moisture from the environment directly into the skin. When products containing sugar are applied to the skin they will directly aid in skin hydration.
It is helpful to note that sugar contains a natural source of glycolic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid commonly known as AHA, which easily penetrates the skin, stimulating cell rejuvenation. This rejuvenation creates a more fresh and youthful appearing skin. In certain products, glycolic acid is used to treat skin damaged by the suns harmful UV rays as well as aging skin. People with sensitive skin types may become irritated by certain products containing glycolic acid. Usually products contain less than 10% concentration. AHa's and glycolic acids mainly remove dead skin cells, it is important to follow with a moisturiser to prevent dryness of the skin.
Before choosing a sugar scrub take into consideration that the sugar granules are ground as to not cause tears and scratches to the skins surface. Raw sugar would be better suited for use on the body.