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BN Beauty: The Amazing Beauty Benefits of Sugar by Ella Smith


 on may be bad when wrapped in a sweet packet and a big risk when consumed in excess, but it’s an excellent ingredient when it comes to skincare.

In the past sugar was known as “white gold,” because it was a rare and expensive commodity. Now, sugar is one of the most popular ingredients in almost every skin product today. Why? It has so many great properties that aid skincare:

Here are a few fab beauty benefits that sugar has when it comes to skincare.

1. Firstly, sugar is a natural humectant – meaning it draws moisture from the environment into the skin and helps to retain it. So when you apply products with sugar or sugar derivatives, they’ll actually help hydrate your skin and keep moisture within.

2. Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that penetrates the skin and breaks down the “glue” that bonds skin cells. This encourages cell turnover and generates fresher, younger-looking skin. Glycolic acid is typically used to treat sun-damaged and aging skin. Because it can be irritating to certain skin types, over-the-counter products typically contain less than a 10% concentration of glycolic acid in their formulas.

3. Finally, sugar’s small particles make an excellent topical exfoliant. It is used in a number of body scrubs to exfoliate dead surface skin cells and reveal the glowing, healthy-looking skin underneath. Sugar scrubs also have a few benefits over salt scrubs. For one, small sugar granules are generally gentler than salt, which can cause microscopic tears in the skin; two, because of sugar’s natural humectants properties, these scrubs are more hydrating than salt scrubs, which can strip skin of natural oils.

Sugar also…

• Acts as a natural exfoliator
• Does not clog pores
• Helps eliminate blemishes
• Restores balance to skin’s oils, and a whole lot more.

What to Know when choosing a Sugar Scrub

  1. When choosing a sugar scrub it is important to know that brown sugar is softer than granulated sugar, so can generally be used on the face and sensitive skin.
  2. Raw sugar (also known as turbinado sugar) is more naturally coarse, so is usually reserved for the body. Do a small patch test if you aren’t sure how your skin will react.

Sugar scrubs for the body, hand, feet and face can be made at home alone with sugar or with the use of other ingredients.

Great DIYs with Sugar

•Brown sugar, olive oil, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.
•For the face; mix sugar, honey, and a few drops of lemon juice to hydrate, clarify, and reveal softer skin.
•Sugar, rosewater/glycerin for a body, hand, feet, and face scrub.
•Lemon juice with sugar for face and body scrub.
•Sugar with Oil such as extra virgin olive, coconut oil, jojoba oil for dry skin body, face, hand and feet.
•Sugar scrub for dry lip mixed with honey, Oil, or water reveals smooth healthy looking lips.
NB: When scrubbing, scrub lightly and massage into your skin in a circular motion.

Stay beautiful in and out.
XoXo, Ella.

Photo Credit:
Ella A. Smith is a natural beauty fanatic and she blogs at Follow her on Twitter @Ellasbeautytip


  1. @edDREAMZ

    March 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Anything to make the skin look gud, ladies will go any mile to that it happens…. Thank i nobi woman….

    • I said So

      March 18, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      whatever! off you go..i mean this way >>>>>>

    • Omo1

      March 19, 2014 at 11:42 am

      You need a proof reader..seriously!

  2. whocares

    March 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Oh you have created a monster Ella.. like an ant, I am all over this sugar scrub( ha ha )

  3. darkchildlovethyhair

    March 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I relly love the olive oil and sugar exfoliates like a dream

  4. aja

    March 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I used to have a lot of pimples and acne but sugar and toothpaste scrub helped eliminate them. am not sure if toothpaste is good for the skin but it worked for me so apart from a few spots , I am now a proud owner of a smooth face.

    • Ella Smith

      March 20, 2014 at 9:28 am

      toothpaste is an amazing spot treatment for zit

    • irene

      March 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      @aja……please what’s d name of the toothpaste u used.

  5. Geebabe

    March 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    You forgot to mention that sugar can be used for depilation.

  6. Anne

    March 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    The pic is extremely gross!! Looks like something out of an alien pod. Think sugar scrubs are the best tho.

  7. Dont Jugde

    March 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Depilation…, please share. Thanks!

    • Ella Smith

      March 20, 2014 at 9:37 am

      depilation,using sugar as hair remover in place of waxing.

  8. Agatha

    March 19, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Sugar and lemon juice….madtttt, works wonders.

  9. happychick

    March 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    ok now am really interested, although have got a really smooth face and beautiful skin, pampering my skin wiv sugar has got me really in the DIY spa mood, please what type of lemon juice are we talking abt here, natural lemon juice or processed one @miss Agatha which will it be

    • Ella Smith

      March 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

      natural lemon juice or lime can be used in place of lemon.

  10. temi

    March 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    @ Ella Smith how do go about dis really want to hav a glowing skin.. is it normal brown sugar @ the market

    • Ella Smith

      March 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Yeah you can use normal brown sugar or white one,but opt for brown.

  11. Dora the explorer

    March 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    guys try soap and glory range of sugar scrubs, leaves u feeling like a princess!

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