06 January 2012

Homemade Sugar Face Scrub

Did you know that sugar - that terrible threat to healthy body and skin - can be used as a rejuvenating homemade face scrub that will actually help you look better? And you can use any type of sugar, anything that is extracted from sugarcane or sugar beet, so even white sugar that you've been told to avoid can do wonders!

When you apply sugar to your skin, it reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis which in turn releases the dead skin cells, allowing them to be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells. 
Sugar crystals by Dan Tentler
Here is an easy tutorial on how to make and apply sugar face scrub:
  1. Wash your face well with lukewarm water to open your pores.
  2. Pour a teaspoon of granulated sugar of your choice in your palm and add a drop or two of water.
  3. Apply gently on your face and massage the sugar with circular movements. Do not press, just keep on massaging gently.
  4. After a 15 minute pause wash the sugar off your face with cool water to close the pores.
  5. At this point it will be good to apply a moisturizer, and in the spirit of the Kanelstrand philosophy, I would whole-heartedly recommend using the banana mask I told you not so long ago.
And that's it! You can apply the sugar scrub several times a week at the beginning and reduce the applications to once a week, over a month's period.


Important: Be careful when trying new masks on your face. Stop immediately if you have any reactions such as a rash or an increase in acne. When in doubt seek advice from a dermatologist. 

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