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Sugar Scrubs - Why, How and When
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Sugar Scrubs - Why, How and When

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Using a sugar based scrub is one of the most decadent ways to exfoliate your skin and one of the easiest ways to evoke a sense of luxury into your daily wellness rituals. However, it is important to know the correct way to use a sugar based scrub and its benefits for your skin before you make it a part of your skincare routine. Read on below for how and why you should make a sugar based scrub an integral part of your everyday beauty rituals.

Broadly, there are two ways to exfoliate the skin - physically and chemically. Chemical exfoliators contain ingredients like glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid to clear out the pores and give you a smoother and cleaner complexion. Physical exfoliators like sugar scrubs, however, work to exfoliate the skin physically and manually with the help of granules that buff away dead skin cells and encourage cell turnover. Using an organic sugar scrub also reduces the chances of inflamed skin after using the scrub.

SUGAR SCRUBS FOR THE FACE

Sugar scrubs are usually not meant to be used for the face as the granules can damage sensitive face tissue and can cause irritation and micro skin tearing. They are, however, perfect to be used for the lips - which can quickly become dry and chapped due to a variety of reasons, including a lower density of oil glands, frequent contact with saliva that contains alpha-amylase (a digestive enzyme that can break down the skin) as well as exposure to external environmental factors such as heat, wind, cold weather, dust and pollution. Simply swipe some of the scrub on your lips and gently rub until the granules have melted away. Top up with a layer of your regular lip balm to seal in moisture.

SUGAR SCRUBS FOR THE BODY

Sugar scrubs are ideally the greatest investment that you can make for your body; quite often, the skin on the rest of your body doesn’t get treated as much as the skin on your face. Exfoliating your body with a sugar scrub encourages the breakdown and removal of dead skin cells which, with regular use, reveals healthy, hydrated and soft skin. In most cases, if you’re using a high quality scrub, you won’t even need to use a moisturiser after using the scrub. 

HOW TO USE A SUGAR SCRUB

Exfoliate using a sugar based scrub after a shower (on towel dried skin) for best results. If you’re short on time, you can also squeeze in the scrub as part of your in-shower routine as well! Using your hands, massage the scrub into your body in slow, circular motions; self-massage (when done correctly and intentionally) also helps to increase the circulation of blood in the body, improve the tone and texture of the skin and induce a sense of calm. Massaging with a sugar scrub is also great for stimulating and increasing blood circulation, both of which helps give the body a healthy glow. Exfoliate using a sugar based scrub once or twice a week to get the most out of the routine.

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