The holiday season is coming and there is bound to be feasting to be done. Think of all the delicious hot chocolate to be drunk and the Christmas puddings to stuff your faces with! While sweet treats may be the bane to many health and skin issues, sugar can be an excellent ingredient to your skin and hair care when used in many ways. In fact, they may be your go-to fix during this holiday season when there are just so many exciting activities to partake in. Read on to find out how you can have sugar to work to your advantage and the wonderful benefits that it can offer to your beauty regime!
Hydrates Your Skin
Sugar is a natural humectant. This means that it draws moisture from the surrounding into your skin when you apply it on to your face or body. Thus, with this natural property, masks that contain sugar in their ingredient list actually help boost hydration to your skin, giving it a supple and radiant glow.
Should you find yourself in the need for a quick session of skin hydration, mix up a concoction of 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of honey, and a few drops of lemon juice. This mask aims to hydrate, clarify, to reveal softer skin after use. Rinse the mask off with warm water after 10 minutes. Give this mask a touch of the holiday sparkle with a drop of peppermint essential oil. Including peppermint oil to the mix would help balance the natural oils of your skin and promote blood circulation of it.
Exfoliates Dead Skin Cells
Sugar in the form of granules makes excellent exfoliant. They can be used as a scrub for your face, lips and body to rid dead skin cells effectively.It is essential for you to exfoliate your skin regularly and remove the buildup of dead skin and oil which can clog your pores, further exacerbating blemishes. Sugar scrubs are usually better than salt scrubs for your skin as the exfoliant comes in smaller granules, which will be gentler against your skin. On top of that, sugar’s natural humectants properties would benefit your skin better than salt’s properties of dehydrating your skin’s moisture and natural oils.
When choosing your sugar scrub, go with brown sugar if you are looking for a gentle facial scrub. Raw sugar is usually more coarse, making it great for the body and feet instead.
Make your own sugar scrub in a jiffy with 2 part sugar and 1 part coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. You can bump up the scent factor with a few drops of your favourite essential oil or a pinch of cinnamon or cocoa powder if you like!
Brighten Your Complexion
Glycolic acid is found in sugarcane, the common plant that sugar is extracted from. Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid. It supports the breakdown of skin cells and promotes regeneration of cells for a fresh complexion. Additionally glycolic acid is able to balance the oil production of your skin. Hence it is no myth that you can achieve youthful skin by masking and exfoliating with sugar.
Rid Unwanted Body Hair
Similar to waxing, you can actually use sugar to rid yourself from unwanted hair by the process called sugaring. It basically a warm syrup mixture of sugar, lemon juice and water applied directly to the desired area that you would like to remove hair without stripping the top layer of your skin with it. Hence it is said to be better than waxing— which leaves your skin inflamed and aggravated.
Texturise Your Mane
If you think that sugar does all the wondrous things only to your skin, think again! With the many benefits that sugar can bring to your body, it can do so for your mane. If you love the lush and relaxed look of the beach wave hairstyle, get it with a simple spritz of texturising hairspray with the sugar version! Give your hair a makeover and get that sexy tousled hair with a solution of 2 teaspoons of sugar with ½ a cup of filtered water. Simply pour the sugar solution into a spritz bottle and use it like you would with a hairspray. Give it a signature scent with your favourite essential oil. Get scrunching away after you have gotten it on your hair and shape your wavy hair to your desired form and voila! Yes, it is as easy as that hairspray you have been using! Alternatively, you may want to get a bottle from the drug store to save you from the hassle! The store bought ones do have properties that keep ants away. Recall how we mentioned that sugar is a humectant? Well, it does this amazing thing for your strands too! So swap out the dehydrating salt spray for a nourishing sugar blend and transform your limp hair into gorgeous soft waves today!