1. As we all know, consuming lots of sugar in your diet is a big no-no, but sugar in your beauty products? That’s a different playing field. When it comes to our bodies, we’re told to avoid sugary foods or beverages because we run the risk of developing anything from cancer to potential blood sugar problems. 

But incorporating it into your beauty routine is a good thing, sis. Trust me. Now that spring is officially here, it’s time to start exfoliating. Your skin is constantly shedding skin cells. When this happens, smoother skin cells push their way up to the skin's surface. However, as you age, the rate at which your body sheds dull and dead skin cells begins to slow. Exfoliating helps speed up your skin's process and helps it to behave younger. The reason we use sugar to exfoliate is for it’s commonly gentle abrasion — it’s ideal for glossing sensitive areas like our face and lips. It’s also described as a humectant, which means that it draws in moisture to parched areas of the body.

So until you scrub away dead skin cells with some exfoliator and replenish moisture, you may be afflicted by pimples, redness and rashes. Sugar softly removes dry skin cells and brightens the face. And when you use it regularly, it can help to remove oily buildup, clean our pores and allow our skin to breathe.

If you are looking for even more reasons to try this scrub, you should know that sugar also contains glycolic acid. 

When your skin starts acting up, whip up this natural scrub to buff away flakes, clear pores and lock-in moisture. Be aware that you only need to use this scrub about twice a week. In the spring and summer, use it as a post-sun refresher and skin soother. Sugar is also a good source of glycolic acid, which helps to break down dead skin cells and support cell regeneration. It is also used to treat scarring, skin discoloration and fine lines and wrinkles.

Now that you know the benefits try this scrub, courtesy of Pure Cosmetics.


– 1 cup castor sugar (brown sugar will also work)

– 1/4 cup bentonite clay

– 15 drops chamomile oil

– 1.5 tablespoons grapeseed oilOne tablespoon raw honey

– 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil


1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. 

2. To use this product, administer a quarter-sized amount of scrub to fresh, clean skin. 

3. Then, gently massage into skin in circular motions for roughly a minute. 

4. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and apply your favorite facial products. 

*Note* You can store any remaining scrub in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

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